18.5 lakh daily corona cases on August 15, but you can call it zero, too
07.06.20 - SP Singh*

How India Is Counting Its Corona Positive Cases?
TWO MONTHS FROM NOW, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hoist the Tricolor from the Red Fort and address the nation on Independence Day, August 15, India will have 18.5 lakh coronavirus positive cases every day. Yes, EVERY ...

How railways failed the citizens
04.06.20 - VIPIN PUBBY

The most enduring and tragic images of the current crisis caused by coronavirus pandemic would be migrants walking home for miles together or scrambling to get on Shramik trains which were also ill managed and in many cases added to the miseries of the migrants.

There ...

Travails of India’s Citizens, called Migrants: Sr Advocates beseech Supreme Court
30.05.20 -

AFTER A VIDEO of the little toddler trying to wake up his dead mother shocked India, after people wondered for days why our trains were routinely taking detours of days and hundreds of kilometres, after viral videos of migrants foraging, begging, looting food packets underlined ...

Modiji, follow the example of Israel and immediately form a National Govt
17.05.20 - Markandey Katju

On Sunday a new government was formed in Israel called an emergency unity government, in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling party and Opposition leader Benny Gantz’s opposition party will both be members, Netanyahu being PM for the first 18 months, and Gantz being PM ...

The Grapes of Wrath revisited
07.05.20 - Markandey Katju

The Indian media has shown on TV screens and on the internet streams of lacs of migrant workers in Indian towns heading home to their villages on foot, walking hundreds of kilometers, some dying on the way, during the nationwide lockdown declared by the Prime ...

Centre Govt, Indian Railways & Higher Judiciary — And how they all failed the poor migrant workers
06.05.20 - VIPIN PUBBY

THE LATEST CONTROVERSY over transporting migrant workers back to their homes through the railways has added to their plight and reinforced the fact that the government has treated with disdain this poor and vulnerable section of society.

As is the wont of the Modi government, which ...

Media freedom and its pitfalls
03.05.20 - Markandey Katju

Today, 3rd May, is World Press Freedom Day, as declared by the United Nations.

In this connection I wish to present my views.

Votaries of media freedom often  treat media freedom as a fetish, as an end in itself. In my opinion media freedom can at most ...

‘Insensitive’ Indian media politicizing Corona virus
Amid Corona scare, Indian media races for TRP
23.04.20 - Chanchal Manohar Singh

Even when the entire world is in chaos over the spread of deadly Corona virus, the media in India is bracing up its race for ratings (TRP), exhibiting sheer insensitivities. Under the garb of political ideology, the media in India is still pursuing ‘ad hominem’ ...

End This Lockdown
21.04.20 - Markandey Katju

India is in a nationwide lockdown because of the corona virus scare since 25th March, and it is time now to take a second look at the situation. 

Is corona such a danger that it deserved a nationwide lockdown? I submit it is not, and the ...

PM’s New Speech: Lockdown Extended — But Leaves Much Unsaid
14.04.20 - Swati Chaturvedi

The Prime Minister has the most powerful pulpit in India especially during the world's largest lockdown.

In a long, rather self-congratulatory speech, Narendra Modi announced that the lockdown stands extended till May 3 though he said a review on April 20 could lead to some give ...

PM’s video conference: Amarinder suggests extension of national lockdown
11.04.20 - Team PT

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Saturday recommended extension of the national lockdown by at least a fortnight, while suggesting a slew of health and relief measures to the people in the state’s COVID-19 battle, in addition to special concessions for industry and ...

Sonia suggests Modi: Ban media ads by govt, suspend 20,000 crore Central Vista project
07.04.20 - Team PT

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggesting five measures to conserve money for the fight against coronavirus, including a ban on media advertisements by government and PSUs for two years and suspending the Central Vista beautification project.


What happens when 130 crore Indians switch off lights in their homes, together?
04.04.20 - Prince Mathews Thomas

That's the question that engineers in India's power sector are now grappling with, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called upon the nation to do so, in solidarity amidst the COVID-19 crisis.

"It's like suddenly putting a brake of a car in motion, or suddenly pushing the ...

I apologise to the countrymen, says PM in Mann ki Baat
29.03.20 - Team PT

The battle against coronavirus is a tough one and it required harsh decisions to keep India safe, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his first Mann Ki Baat after the 21-day lockdown was imposed in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak.

"The battle against COVID-19 is a ...

Protest in times of a possible Epidemic
NPR-NRC-CAA protests at Bilal Bagh, Bengaluru & the spectre of COVID-19.

The spectre of the Corona virus epidemic is a major challenge to the last 90+ days long Muslim women led protests against the Central government’s intention to implement the NPR and NRC and CAA on a nationwide scale. By early March, according to a Ministry ...

Gogoi’s RS nomination wrong & questionable, it indicates he had been useful to govt: Amarinder

19.03.20 - Team PT

Dubbing as "wrong and questionable” the nomination of former Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, to the Rajya Sabha, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Thursday said it clearly indicated that he had been useful to the current government at the Centre.

Gogoi’s nomination has ...

NRC exercise is necessary for any sovereign country: Govt in Supreme Court
19.03.20 - Team PT

With the new citizenship law and the proposed NRC sparking protests across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said in December that the government had not held any discussions on a pan-India NRC.

But now, in its first legal response before the Supreme Court on ...

Corona Party Shuru Huyee Hai: At Kar Sewa, & Five-Star Hotel
18.03.20 - S Pal

IF ANYONE THOUGHT the government or the ruling party politicians or those in the opposition, or our religious leaders, were at all concerned about the health of the citizens, or even about their life, just watch what they did in the last 48 hours.

At a ...

Justice Gogoi compromised noble principles on independence and impartiality of judiciary: Justice Kurian Joseph
17.03.20 - Team PT

Reacting sharply to the acceptance of Rajya Sabha seat by former Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, former Judge of Supreme Court Justice Kurian Joseph said;

"We have discharged our debt to the nation" was the statement made by Justice Ranjan Gogoi along with the three of us ...

Badal welcomes Farooq Abdullah release
14.03.20 - Team PT

Akali patriarch and five times Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal today welcomed  the release of senior Kashmiri leader Farooq Abdullah  and expressed the hope that this would be just the beginning of the process of release of other democratic leaders too 

In a statement here, Badal ...

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