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The Punjab-Punjab Ties: The Coordinated Silence of Amarinder Singh & Badals
02.03.18 - S Pal
The Punjab-Punjab Ties: The Coordinated Silence of Amarinder Singh & Badals



THE COORDINATED SILENCE of seemingly rival politicians on a crucial issue tells us more about their real politics, than their incessantly glib statements. 

For those whose ears are trained to read silence, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh of Congress and Parkash/Sukhbir Singh Badal of the Shiromani Akali Dal are making a deafeningly loud statement these days about their actual politics by the simple art of keeping their mouths shut. In coordination.

Coordinated silence is a political stance. Welcome to the grand Amarinder-Badals-BJP-RSS lovefest. You can shout Bharat Mata Ki Jai – it will be very appropriate! 
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Those were the days when Amarinder Singh trashed warmongers, hailed Pakistani Punjab's great culture, sat past midnight at the Aiwan-e-Iqbal Complex on Lahore's Egerton Road, enjoying Pakistani songs, while Badals argued for robust Punjab-to-Punjab trade linkages and Indo-Pak talks.
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Let's go to the beginning of the tail, or tale - both are appropriate, as you shall see.

After 14 years of vanvaas, Sunny Kid saw Amarinder Singh. It was the same horse that the Pakistani Punjab CM had gifted to the Indian Punjab CM. But was it the same Amarinder Singh who visited the Punjab Police Academy at Phillaur to look up Sunny Kid?

"He made it a point to meet Sunny Kid," an official statement issued by the Punjab Government said. Wish Sunny Kid could have made it a point to ask if he was meeting the same man. If horses were wishes... (No point inversing nursery rhymes for people who grow up!)

Sunny Kid had come to Amarinder Singh lest the CM Royale missed his old pal Sultan who had passed away. 

It was 2004, and Amarinder Singh had made waves with an unprecedented visit to Pakistani Punjab, making out a strong case for better Punjab-to-Punjab ties, opening of borders, trading through Wagah and Hussainiwala, robust linkages between chambers of commerce of Lahore and Indian Punjab, and wide-ranging people-to-people contacts.

He trashed the warmongers, hailed Pakistani Punjab's great culture and sat past midnight at the Aiwan-e-Iqbal Complex on Lahore's Egerton Road, enjoying songs sung by Pakistani artistes. 

The then CM of Pakistani Punjab, Pervaiz Elahi, gifted his royal guest a horse, appropriately called 'Sultan'. Unfortunately, Sultan could not see much progress in Punjab to Punjab ties and passed away. Elahi soon made good the loss by sending over Sunny Kid.

Sultan had met Amarinder in the wintry February of 2004. By summer, the next World Punjabi Conference was being held in Chandigarh, and then, in October, in Patiala.
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Neither Amarinder Singh nor Parkash/Sukhbir Singh Badal nor Harsimrat Kaur Badal have ever uttered a single word against Love Jihad, Ghar Wapsi, Anti-Conversion Bill, Mohd Akhlaq/Pehlu Khan killings, lynchings, harassment of anyone travelling with cows or other cattle, or young protectors of Indian traditions browbeating young men and women on Valentine’s Day.
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All through, and till much later, Amarinder Singh was a champion of India and Pakistan improving bilateral relations. He advocated free trade between the two Punjabs. The Badals were not far behind. Matter of fact, Badal was actually a step ahead when he accompanied then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his bus trip to Lahore in 1999.

Badals consistently argued during those years that the two Punjabs should have robust trade linkages and India must resume talks with Pakistan, arguing that it will smoothen the path to realising a land-locked Punjab's dream of having a direct link to Central Asia. 

Upon his return from Pakistani Punjab, Amarinder Singh submitted a report to PM Vajpayee to make a case that the opening of border would be beneficial. He argued that Indian Punjab had 26 lakh metric tonne of wheat while Pakistani Punjab was importing 30 lakh metric tonne of wheat. Most of it was reaching west Punjab from Indian Punjab via Mumbai-Dubai and Karachi.

At various points in the past, Amarinder argued for opening of Hussainiwala, and Badal wanted two new land routes for trade with Pakistan. 

In 2012, the then Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal was in Lahore, exploring not just more avenues of overland trade with Pakistan's Punjab province but "to help change the geopolitics of the subcontinent," as per the press statement issued by his office at the time. 

When the then federal minister of Pakistan, Mian Manjur Ahmed Watoo came visiting, Badal was being a great host, and thought it fit to remind Pakistan and India that the opening of borders was the need of the hour as it would promote trade activities.

Even as late as 2016, Parkash Singh Badal was calling for restraint and counselled against any military adventure against Pakistan in the light of the terrorist attack in Uri.

"Punjab on both sides of the border will have to bear the brunt in case a war takes place between India and Pakistan,” he said. Clearly, he was referring to both Punjabs, and was worried about Punjabis on either side of the Radcliffe Line.
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Mehbooba Mufti’s advocacy of India-Pak talks was the boldest statement an Indian politician was making. A pin drop silence descended upon Indian polity.  It is interesting to note who all are speaking, and who has chosen to maintain silence.
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But all this while, Indian politics was changing at its core. Nationalism emerged as the new currency. Lynchings emerged as Indian politics' latest neologism. The country's ruling dispensation seriously discussed bringing in an anti-conversion law that will effectively bar anyone from changing her or his religion. The ban on beef to ban on cow slaughter to people being beaten to death, or harassed, or subjected to extortions - India trudged a political road downhill. Punjab's dairy farmers speak in muted voices about their travails. Who you love is being decided by hordes who doubt our love for the country. Last month saw policemen accompanying bouncers-drenched-in-saffron-and-traditions to city parks where they "counselled" young couples about Indian traditions and culture.

No, this article is not about the fact that neither Amarinder Singh nor Parkash/Sukhbir Singh Badal nor Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal have ever uttered a single word or issued a single statement against Love Jihad, Ghar Wapsi, Anti-Conversion Bill, Mohd Akhlaq/Pehlu Khan killings, lynchings, harassment of anyone travelling with cows or other cattle, or young protectors of Indian traditions browbeating young men and women on Valentine Day.

Each one of those silences is shameful, no doubt, but we were talking about Punjab to Punjab ties and trade, and about Sunny Kid.

Welcome to 2018.

After an attack on Jammu's Sunjuvan Army Camp, J&K's Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti made a bold statement, saying India should resume talks with Pakistan as the key to stopping these terror attacks. 

In a long, long time, this was the boldest statement an Indian politician was making, one with an alliance with the BJP. It is a very uneasy alliance, and it is possible that Mufti was also addressing her own domestic constituency.

Shockingly, a pin drop silence descended upon Indian polity. 
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In the recent past, Amarinder Singh wrote articles in newspapers asking for a medal for the Army Major who strapped a Kashmiri citizen on the bonnet of his jeep as a human shield, said he wanted three Pakistani soldiers' heads for every Indian soldier killed, and argued for a free hand for the army in Kashmir. Yesterday, he wanted robust trade between the two Punjabs.
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A few shrieking television anchors apart, the BJP held back its horses (Sunny Kid, that's not a reference to your tribe at all. Your kind don’t go to TV studios). Days later, BJP's Ram Madhav spoke in an interview to the Indian Express, his tone very measured, his words carefully chosen, his reference to Mehbooba's choice of timing and advocacy of talks almost deferential. He said Mehbooba can have that view, but it is a decision for New Delhi to take. Point taken. (https://goo.gl/f21oLU)

Amarinder Singh —who not too long ago wrote articles in newspapers asking for a medal for the Army Major who strapped a Kashmiri citizen on the bonnet of his jeep as a human shield and who wants three Pakistani soldiers' heads for every Indian soldier killed — has remained silent on whether New Delhi should resume talks with Islamabad. Ostensibly, he was the biggest advocate of Punjab to Punjab trade!

Not a soul has squeaked in the Shiromani Akali Dal, including anyone with Badal suffixed to his/her name, about the need for talks with Pakistan. Purportedly, they were the biggest flag-bearers of Indo-Pak trade via Wagah, Hussainiwala and two new routes!

The SGPC, which never issued a single statement about its position on ant-conversion law but has a Dharam Parchar Committee, has never taken a position on India Pakistan talks, a task it seems to have delegated to Badals’ party. Does it think the "darshan didar” of "Sri Nankana Sahib ate hor gurdwarian, gurdhama” will remain unaffected by war talk, or war?

But look, who did speak out!
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Not a soul has squeaked in the Shiromani Akali Dal, including anyone with Badal suffixed to his/her name, about the need for talks with Pakistan. Purportedly, they were the biggest flag-bearers of Indo-Pak trade via Wagah, Hussainiwala and two new routes!
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The General Officer Commanding-in-Chief (GOC-in-C) of Army Training Command (ARTRAC), Lt Gen M M Naravane was bold enough to underline that "a lasting India-Pak peace only be found at the negotiating table," and not at the tactical level.

"Restoring ceasefire requires statesmanship, not brinkmanship,” he said in words that encapsulate the thinking of much of progressive India and its civil society. "It is a message the army must heed," the Indian Express said in its editorial on March 2. (https://goo.gl/TNGLHx)

Lt Gen Naravane even conceded that by virtue of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor passing through POK, China has ‘willy-nilly’ become a third party to the Kashmir dispute despite India’s objections.

A day after Lt Gen Naravane spoke these words in Chandigarh, the GOC-in-C of India's Western Command, Lt Gen Surinder Singh, the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, was behind a microphone in the same city, where he minced no words in saying that a two-front war is not a "smart idea” and that military diplomacy can play a greater role in bringing normalcy in relations with Pakistan.

It is worth recalling that Army chief Bipin Rawat had said in June 2017 that the Indian Army was ready for a "two-and-a-half-front war.”

Lt Gen Surinder Singh also reminded that Pakistan’s nuclear deterrence has reduced the window for conventional conflict and "no nuclear nation can be browbeaten beyond a particular stage."

Unlike those who demand 10 Pakistani heads for an Indian head or a free hand for the Army, the Western Command's chief cautioned against the warmongers. 

"Sometimes, conventional conflict does not take place because you can achieve any great military objective but because at times you can get pushed into the conflict due to public opinion. Therefore, sometimes it becomes the case of tail wagging the dog,” Lt Gen Surinder Singh said.

Listen to an even clearer voice, coming from the man in the forefront of guarding the most difficult of India's border in the Jammu and Kashmir sector. The GOC-in-C of 15 Corps, Lt Gen A K Bhatt, spoke on February 27 in Srinagar in most measured choice of words. At a time when India is witnessing an aggressive nationalist discourse (with CMs asking for multiple heads of Pak soldiers, a free hand to Army in Kashmir and medals for army officers using citizens as human shields), Lt Gen Bhatt said the Army will retaliate "only if Pakistan does any aggressive action, or pushes infiltrators across” and that the Army has no intention to "open an entire front.”

Some politicians have also been speaking out.

The CPI(M)'s Prakash Karat, in an editorial in his party's organ ‘People’s Democracy’, has said the Narendra Modi government, by "closing off all avenues for talks” with Pakistan, has "painted itself into a corner.” The editorial, titled "Reverse the 'No Talks' Stance," argued for an urgent need to back off from blinkered confrontationist stance and for "resumption of a comprehensive dialogue with Pakistan." (https://goo.gl/cTLuTW)

Former J&K CM and National Conference president Dr Farooq Abdullah has reiterated that India needs to engage Pakistan in meaningful talks for real peace.
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Badals, BJP’s alliance partners, have perfected the art of silence at crucial junctures. Amarinder Singh, with a little nudge by the Enforcement Directorate, has firmly walked into the saffron camp, reminding us of his nationalist positioning with his articles and stances regularly. In both these leaders, programmatic silence and pragmatic silence have found a common interface.
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Now, take a roll call of politicians who did not speak out, who do not even squeak when they were required to aggressively push for a peace narrative to counter the warmongers.
Did not Amarinder Singh want the two Punjabs to trade? How else will he export wheat to Pakistan?

Did not the Badals want new land routes to be opened for trade with Pakistan?

In recent debates on television, some of Punjab's leading economists, intellectuals, senior journalists, civil society voices have been arguing for resumption of talks with Pakistan to achieve peace.

Economists like Dr Sucha Singh Gill and Dr Gian Singh, who rarely agree on their approach towards solutions, talk in unison about the need to re-open talks with Pakistan.

Vipin Pubby, who helmed the Indian Express' Chandigarh edition for nearly a decade and a half, holds that Mehbooba Mufti's call is the most sane approach in given times.

Senior journalist Gobind Thukral, who has been a part of the Track II diplomacy and edits South Asia Post, says talks are the only rational way of dealing with non-state actors.

Who needs peace between India and Pakistan the most? Punjab. 

Yes, Sunny Kid, also.

Sunny Kid had come to India as part of an approach to peace. I'm not sure if he knows Amarinder Singh wrote an article in The Tribune arguing that the Army be given a completely free hand in Kashmir and any number of corpses of innocent citizens be then considered collateral damage. (https://goo.gl/vDuL9A)

No one's going to bother much about horses if a war broke out. But horses need to bother a lot more, for they are always the collateral damage, just as people are. People of Punjab on both sides.

People of the two Punjabs whom Amarinder Singh wanted to have robust contacts with each other. People of the two Punjabs that the Badals want to trade with each other.

These are the leaders who are deafeningly silent today when a Mehbooba Mufti is speaking out, when India's top army officers are speaking out. 

It is understandable why. The Badals have an alliance with the BJP, and have perfected the art of silence at crucial junctures. Amarinder Singh, prodded a little by Enforcement Directorate, has firmly walked into the saffron camp, reminding us of his nationalist positioning with his articles and stances regularly.
 
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In both these leaders, programmatic silence and pragmatic silence have found a common interface, coordinated by their overt or covert ties to the saffron strain in Indian polity.

Sultan - God bless his soul - had met a man called Amarinder Singh fourteen years ago. Did Sunny Kid meet the same man last month?

Someday, like all of us, Sunny Kid will meet Sultan in heaven, and they will have notes to share. My prediction? They won't credit our politicians with much horse sense.
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NEW DELHI V/s OTTAWA — WILL QUEBEC DEFEAT INDIA?
Trudeau now jumping through hoops on conspiracy talk but Amarinder’s Quebec reference may weaken New Delhi’s case
01.03.18 - S Pal
Trudeau now jumping through hoops on conspiracy talk but Amarinder’s Quebec reference may weaken New Delhi’s case



WHILE PUNJAB's AMARINDER SINGH government remains tight lipped over its claims that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau trashed Quebec's independence movement, New Delhi was quick to rebut the line pushed by a top Canadian official that certain "rogue political elements in India may have orchestrated the embarrassing invitation” to a convicted Khalistani terrorist.

So, New Delhi has effectively said Trudeau's hand-picked National Security and Intelligence Advisor Daniel Jean, clearly known to be the unnamed source behind anti-India statement, was up to no good. But the Quebec reference slipped into Punjab CM's statement is proving difficult for India to defend.

The invitation to Jaspal Atwal, issued by a Canadian MP, for a Delhi reception during Trudeau's trip, was withdrawn after a row erupted over his presence at the Mumbai reception. Canadian media had gone to town with pictures of Atwal with Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the PM’s wife.

Diplomatic circles in India see the Atwal episode as a victory of sorts since it pushed Trudeau to the backfoot, forcing him to concede that such an invitation should never have been issued in the first place. 

It also strengthened India's case that Trudeau was walking a thin line when it came to forces inimical to India's sovereignty. 

The opposition Conservatives in the Canadian House of Commons cornered Trudeau pretty strongly, and poor Trudeau was reduced to find the most lame of the defences when he suggested that when an official of Jean’s rank says something,  "it’s because they know it to be true.”
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*Top Canadian official said "rogue political elements in India" behind invite to convicted Khalistani terrorist.

* Trudeau backs claims, says officials must have known these to be true

* Conservatives grill Trudeau in House of Commons, he skipped Question Period

* India trashes "rogue elements" talk

* Ram Madhav of BJP says this is "ulta chor kotwal ko daante"

* Madhav blasts Trudeau for mixing pleasure with business

* Will Trudeau use Quebec claim in Punjab govt's official statement to offset damage?

* Experts said Amarinder govt has so far not contradicted Trudeau's public claim that the CM's official statement contained an utter lie on Quebec.
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So, when a CM of a province in India says something about what he and Trudeau talked about, should we believe it because he would know it to be true? And since Trudeau has publicly said "it's false," should we rather believe the Canadian version?
 
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The completely unnecessary reference to Quebec in the Punjab Government's official statement issued after a meeting between CM Amarinder Singh and the Canadian premier gave Trudeau a handle to come down heavily to falsehoods propagated in an official statement issued by Indian authorities.

After a statement issued by Amarinder's office claimed that "Citing the separatist movement in Quebec, Trudeau said he had dealt with such threats all his life and was fully aware of the dangers of violence, which he had always pushed back with all his might,” Trudeau directly took upon the Amarinder Singh government, calling any such claim as "false."

In fact, Trudeau minced no words and before leaving India, when asked about Amarinder government's statement, said, "I said nothing of the sort. On the contrary, I have always said I’m very proud of the lessons Canada and Quebec have to share on differences of opinion shared in peaceful ways and pluralism and diversity that is positive for our community.” 

Not only did Trudeau effectively say the CM was lying, he claimed he said the exact opposite.

India's Ministry of External Affairs’ spokesperson Raveesh Kumar lost no time to debunk Trudeau camp's claims on Jaspal Atwal and said, "The Government of India, including the security agencies, had nothing to do with the presence of Jaspal Atwal at the event hosted by the Canadian high commissioner in Mumbai or the invitation issued to him for the Canadian high commissioner’s reception in New Delhi. Any suggestion to the contrary is baseless and unacceptable."
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While the Atwal episode gave India a handle to corner Trudeau, and he further messed up by backing claims about "rogue elements" in India, the completely unnecessary reference to Quebec in the Punjab Government's official statement could become a handy tool in Trudeau's hands to prove that official statements were peddling falsehoods. It is imperative that Amarinder government refutes Trudeau's public claim about its statement. Already, it is too late.
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India’s firm assertion comes a day after Trudeau faced questions from the opposition in the Canadian Parliament over the controversy and reports that he was standing by a senior who suggested that factions within the Indian government were trying to sabotage his recent India visit.

Ruling BJP's top points man, the party's national general secretary and someone who has been engaged with the secret Indian outreach programme with radical Sikh elements in the UK, Canada and other countries, Ram Madhav has also come down heavily against the way Ottawa handled Trudeau's visit.
 
Responding to a Trudeau regime official blaming "factions in the Indian government” for "sabotaging” his recent trip to India, Ram Madhav, in an article in the Indian Express of March 1 (Thursday), wrote: "This amounts to ulta chor kotwal ko daante, the thief blaming the police." (https://goo.gl/6sd5bA)

"Trudeau could have been a little more serious," Madhav said. Political pundits said it would have been better if Amarinder Singh's press release writers had also heeded the same advice. (Read TRUDEAU HIT BACK AT AMARINDER https://goo.gl/1Vk1mn

In fact, the Indian version of the Trudeau story is finding some strong play in the Canadian media. Award-winning journalist Terry Glavin wrote in Maclean, Canada's respected national current affairs and news magazine that is more than a 100 years old, that Trudeau has made such a mess of his India visit that he will be soon making "frantic telephone calls to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, begging for forbearance and understanding." (https://goo.gl/Yr1DNU

While Ram Madhav said Trudeau’s decision to mix a family vacation with official business "ill-advised" and said the visit lasting for an entire week "could have been a shorter and more focused", Terry Glavin termed the charming family pictures from Taj Mahal and sundry other tourist spots as "Trudeau’s absurd fashion-show caravan at every turn as it trundled across India."

Diplomacy experts say while India is in a powerful position now vis-à-vis  the rhetoric from Canadian Sikh groups since Trudeau has landed in a soup, any move by Ottawa to use the reference to Quebec will weaken New Delhi's position.
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Ram Madhav accused Trudeau of doing domestic "identity politics” on foreign soil, clearly forgetting which party leads the art of identity politics in India. Also, he seems to have forgotten Narendra Modi's Diaspora rallies across the world. Incidentally, Amarinder, a Congress CM, has never taken pains to criticise BJP's identity politics or NaMo rallies.
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Trudeau has virtually backed the claim that India was behind the presence of a convicted would-be assassin during his trip to the country last week but is now finding the ground slipping beneath his feet.
 
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Tory House Leader Candice Bergen could not have been more unsparing: "What proof does the Prime Minister have that the government of India did this?"

Canada's Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale slammed such anti-India conspiracy theory, saying the allegations are "absolutely and utterly false."

Trudeau was forced to even skip the Question Period in the House of Commons on Monday as the opposition demanded proof.  

Diplomacy experts say if Trudeau decided to prove that India trying to sabotage the visit, he may resort to focus on the official statement issued by the Punjab Government which detailed Trudeau's purported reference to Quebec's struggle for independence, referring to violence etc. Trudeau had lost no time in slamming it as a lie, and even before he left India, he told the Canadian journalists, "The reports are false; I said nothing of the sort."

In fact, he said he had always taken a diametrically opposite position that Canada and Quebec have lessons to impart in peaceful ways of dealing with pluralism. The Amarinder government has maintained a stoic silence even days after Trudeau publicly refuted its claim about reference to Quebec.

Ironically, with his strong RSS grounding and belonging to a party in the forefront of practising identity politics in India, Ram Madhav had another sermon for Trudeau when he said the Canadian premier could have avoided too much emphasis on domestic "identity politics” on foreign soil.

Those who remember Narendra Modi's rallies in a number of countries, playing to the NRI gallery, would be having a chuckle at such talk about domestic "identity politics” on foreign soil.

Madhav said Trudeau's advisors should have "properly briefed" their leader "about the sensitivities involved in the relationship, especially on issues like the Khalistan movement."

A senior journalist said perhaps Amarinder's advisors should have taken a cue from Madhav and properly briefed the CM before he made such a claim about Trudeau's stance on Quebec.

New Delhi still needs to explain if it were so sensitive about Atwal being invited to a dinner, how was it facilitating his repeated visits to India in January and August of last year, as also in 1999 and 2002.
 
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Experts hope that the upcoming visit of Sushma Swaraj, India's External Affairs Minister, to Canada will help undo the damage done to the India, Canada relationship to some extent, but only if any more-loyal-than-the-king chief minister or advisor avoids landing into Quebec soup.

Meanwhile, Amarinder Singh, who has been consistently demanding that the Centre should take off names of so many Sikhs from the Black List, would now have to think twice about taking up the cudgels on their behalf, lest everyone reminds him what his anti-Trudeau stance did to Jaspal Atwal.
 

Disclaimer : PunjabToday.in and other platforms of the Punjab Today group strive to include views and opinions from across the entire spectrum, but by no means do we agree with everything we publish. Our efforts and editorial choices consistently underscore our authors' right to the freedom of speech. However, it should be clear to all readers that individual authors are responsible for the information, ideas or opinions in their articles, and very often, these do not reflect the views of PunjabToday.in or other platforms of the group. Punjab Today does not assume any responsibility or liability for the views of authors whose work appears here.

_______________________________________________________________

Most shared Punjab Today articles: 

 A SAFFRON JOURNEY VIA CANADA - Trudeau came to Punjab, pushed Amarinder closer to BJP, then called him a liar

J&K – RAM MADHAV LEAVES SPACE FOR MEHBOOBA’S POLITICS

JASPAL ATWAL CONTROVERSY: Mr. Ujjal, will you throw some light on this too?   

SHEKHAR GUPTA'S HALF-BAKED TRUTHS 

OF NIRMAL SINGH'S EYES - Karze Ne Layee Ikk Hor Kisan Di Jaan...

PNB Scam: Who is Nirav Choksi and what he is doing In the name of God?

Congress upset due to Priyanka’s cleavage on calendar 

RENUKA'S LAUGHTER: Thank you for your guffaws. We needed this non-violent weapon.

MR CLEAN to PAKKE DHEETH: How Punjab’s Congress hurt Brand Rahul Gandhi? 

MANJIT SINGH CALCUTTA– THE DISSENTER

PUNJAB FARMERS AND IPL CRICKETERS - Finally, they can stand like equals

Mr. CHIEF MINISTER, PLEASE CALL OFF JANUARY 7 FUNCTION. My teacher is not alive, but you please call it off!

SUKHBIR IS RIGHT – On 97th anniversary  Panth Khatre Vich Hai. Where does this threat come from?

THE LOOT THAT RAJASTHAN COMMITTED – An insult bigger than Bollywood’s Padmawati! 

THE FINAL HONESTY CERTIFICATE: ISSUED BY THE TRIBUNE

NO TIME TO READ THIS STORY? – That’s OK - Please do not feel guilty 

BAD, BAD WOMAN! – Punjab’s top playwright slams woman complainant against Langah

MR PRESIDENT, PLEASE TAKE BACK HIS GALLANTRY MEDAL – On Amod Kanth’s badge of shame

RELAX! ALL 30 WERE DERA PREMIS – Panchkula says something stinking about its conscience

PUNJAB: AN IDEA IN SEARCH OF WORDS: Punjab, more than a poster boy of progress or a renegade from modernity

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