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When Hope Runs Dry
17.03.16 - Manohar Singh Gill

I joined the Punjab IAS in 1958. In 1960, Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru signed the World Bank-sponsored agreement with Pakistan PM Liaquat Ali Khan to divide the river waters of the old Punjab. East Punjab was allotted 15.2 million acre feet (MAF) and the Ravi, Beas and Sutlej, while West Punjab got the Chenab, Jhelum and Sindhu with about 30 MAF. In our Constitution, water as a subject, along with agriculture, education, etc, belongs to the states. Globally accepted riparian law applies in India too.
 
The 1947 Partition was essentially that of Punjab, with large-scale massacres and a total transfer of population. Sikhs suffered the most. They left their religious shrines and the canal colonies they had developed. Land in East Punjab was sandy and poor, and the Muslim population, mainly artisans, left very little for refugees to occupy. They struggled to make a living.
 
Lahore was lost to us. Nehru started ...
  


Collective conscience BADI CHEEZ HAI
03.03.16 - preet k s bedi

If ever you had ever wondered what the term ‘collective conscience’ was doing in an earlier judgement, chances are the High Court’s order on Kanhaiya’s bail application has cleared them. Assuming of course that you went beyond Manoj Kumar’s song from Upkaar which Kanhaiya would doubtless have heard with a lump in his throat as he waited to figure out whether or not he was getting bail.
 
Collective conscience badi cheez hai. 
 
It is a recent phenomenon. If it did exist earlier it did so quietly in the courts. Some say it is the democratic equivalent of the rule-by-decree system of justice; the difference being that in this case the decree is issued by blood-thirsty mobs led by media hounds in TV studios. Typically unleashes itself at around 9 every night. Mercifully usually dies a death by the following morning but on the rare occasion it has the power to engineer riots. ...
  



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