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NaMo vs RaGa : Chances better for a third alternative or a dark horse
14.02.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

LARGE SECTIONS of media have been talking about the ensuing elections as a Modi versus Rahul contest. This Namo versus Raga question is also often asked during social interactions and even from total strangers.

The speculations are there despite the fact that we have a parliamentary ...
  


Congress Minister Takes Stand Against Nehru-Mahatma Gandhi-Rajiv-Sonia-Rahul Legacy
THE THREAT OF SELF-GOVERNMENT
09.02.19 - S Pal

RAHUL GANDHI, THE RISING SUN/SON of the House of Gandhis, can justifiably claim that one of his dad Rajiv Gandhi's notable achievements was the ushering in of the panchayati raj in its current form, even though the Constitutional amendment came after the former premier's assassination.  

In fact, ...
  


It’s less about arithmetic, more about chemistry among leaders
MAHAGATHBANDAN KI BAAT
27.01.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

WITH THE EXPECTED announcement of general elections in a couple of months all the political parties, as well as the government, have now got into election mode. The big question is whether the NDA Government would stage a comeback or whether a group of non-BJP ...
  


High public offices and provision of cooling off period for post retirement jobs
20.01.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

THE CONTROVERSY regarding the director of the Central Bureau of Investigation A K Verma had an unexpected fallout in the resignation of Justice A K Sikri from a post-retirement job. The judge, who is due for retirement in March, has maintained the highest standards of ...
  


Two Punjabs, India-Pakistan Trade and the China Factor
KARTARPUR CORRIDOR
11.01.19 - TRIDIVESH SINGH MAINI

After the foundation stone ceremony of the Kartarpur Corridor on November 28, 2018, India and Pakistan were engaged in a war of words. Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said a day after the ceremony that Prime Minister Imran Khan had thrown a "googly” as ...
  


The ground is shifting from hope to cynicism
POLITICAL LESSONS FOR 2019 FROM 2018
02.01.19 - Shankkar Aiyar

IN ONE OF his most profound reflections, Albert Einstein observed, "Time is an illusion”. And politics is probably the most eloquent and live installation of the distilled insight. It is, after all, what lies between what was and what will be. Those who do not ...
  


When watchdogs of democracy prefer to be lapdogs of the government
MEDIA & MODI GOVERNMENT
28.12.18 - VIPIN PUBBY

TWO RECENT MOVES by the central government have put the focus back on its attempt to extend surveillance on the general public and media. This is in addition to a series of steps aimed at controlling and keeping media on the leash.

It is common knowledge ...
  


It is for the rest of India to seek justice. The Sikhs are done with it.
GHOSTS OF 1984
20.12.18 - SP SINGH

UNSPEAKABLE ACTS OF cruelty occurred on the streets of India's national capital 34 years ago. Nearly 3,000 died. A frustrating pursuit of justice fell way short of the objective. The complicity of powers within the regime was the country’s worst-kept secret, and closure eluded the ...
  


Now, Punjab Govt Challenges Bargari Directly. Will the sangat stand up now?
THE BRAND NEW BARGARI CHALLENGE
14.12.18 - S Pal

For months, Bargari in Kotkapura block of Punjab's Faridkot district had come to symbolise the power of the resistance struggle when a people chose to collectively speak truth to the establishment. Just 179 kilometres from the Punjab Civil Secretariat and the state Assembly, there sat ...
  


Congress 3, BJP 0 — What should be Amarinder Singh’s gameplan?
WINDS OF CHANGE
12.12.18 - kanwar manjit singh

IT IS BJP 0. Opposition 5. Congress 3.

In a clutch of state elections, Narendra Modi’s party could not win any, and Congress walked away with all the big ones. All of a sudden, Amarinder Singh has become the chief minister of one of the least ...
  


Deconstructing the Idea of a Political Apology
NETA DOING SEWA — FOR MISTAKES UNSPECIFIED
09.12.18 - SP Singh*

PHOTOGRAPHS OF TOP leaders of the opposition Shiromani Akali Dal doing penance-style sewa at the Golden Temple are making a splash in the media. Memes, sarcastic comments and outright derogatory messages are doing the rounds on the social media, and the message-managing backroom boys of ...
  


VOICES OF DISSENT
07.12.18 - Tridivesh Singh Maini

With senior leaders quitting the Akali Dal and the AAP in disarray, the Congress is the biggest political beneficiary in Punjab

While both Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and Ranjit Singh Brahmpura, senior leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), cited deteriorating health as the reason for their ...
  


We need to ask what is the worst that can happen?
KARTARPUR SAHIB: A CLARION CALL FOR PEACE IN AN AGE OF CYNICISM
30.11.18 - AMANDEEP SANDHU

KEEPING HIS PROMISE, Pakistan premier Imran Khan today performed the ground breaking ceremony for the proposed Kartarpur Sahib corridor. On Monday, Indian Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and east Panjab chief minister Amarinder Singh laid the foundation stone at the Indian side at Dera Baba Nanak, ...
  


Did Army Chief miss mentioning “internal linkages” on actual terror in Punjab?
DISSECTING POLITICS OF SELECTIVE SILENCE
17.11.18 - I P Singh*

RECENTLY AT A SEMINAR in Delhi Army chief General Bipin Rawat said that attempts were being made through "external linkages” to "revive insurgency” in Punjab. "Let us not think that Punjab (situation) is over. We cannot close our eyes to what is happening in Punjab. ...
  


CONGRESS IN SGPC - Tript Rajinder Bajwa marks 60 years of this Congress dream
FRONT VIEW MIRROR
17.11.18 - S Pal

ON NOVEMBER 16, 2018, a senior minister of the Amarinder Singh government openly declared that the Congress-affiliated Sikhs will fight the elections to the SGPC to oust the Akali Dal.

Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa was marking the 60 years of the first major attempt by the ...
  


“Elections were coming up…Everybody wanted to forget the killings”
1984 ANTI SIKH VIOLENCE – 34 YEARS OF KADDU FARMING
01.11.18 - S Pal

"Three thousand Sikhs were killed in Delhi in just a couple of days. And still through those days, as through Blue Star earlier, hardly a Hindu was attacked across Punjab. In 1984, I grew proud of Punjab, and ashamed of Delhi."
— Sanjay Suri; 1984: The ...
  


Hurt & angry, we’ve tried rage, anger. Did we miss karuna?
FROM 1984 TO BARGARI
30.10.18 - S Pal

ONE READING OF any account of the victims of 1984, and your blood will boil. One meeting with a group of widows of anti-Sikh massacres of 1984, and your blood will boil. One quick read of the first person accounts of the November 1984 riots ...
  


Amarinder Singh, the coup in the CBI & the ED case: Headline is missing, so please read it between the lines
24.10.18 - S Pal

YOU WILL NOT read this headline in any newspaper, but you are not stupid, either. It's not a piece of news that you cannot read between the lines. That's why most readers often know more about our leaders than the newspapers/news television tell them.

It is ...
  


Questioning Bargari is a Civic Duty, Sanctioned by the Guru
19.10.18 - S Pal

THE PRIME PURPOSE of anyone even thinking of committing sacrilege of holy scriptures of any religion is to incite the devout. Such is the power of the blasphemy/sacrilege narrative that the devout get incited in accordance with the script.

None of this happens in a vacuum. ...
  


I saw MeToo in Sector 17, Chandigarh, & everyone missed it
11.10.18 - S Pal

WHILE THE MeToo movement in India must be welcomed, the fact remains that it is a movement of the elite. 

It must not be tarnished because it is an elite phenomenon so far; instead it should be celebrated and encouraged so that it hopefully expands, penetrates, ...
  



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