Monthly Archives: MARCH 2016

Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra as President of the SGPC
31.03.16 - Dr. JS Grewal*

Jathedar Gurcharan Singh Tohra is well-known for his commitment to Sikh ideology and politics based on Sikh identity. Elected President of the SGPC for the first time in 1973, he remained in office almost till the end of the century. His tenure was the longest ...

Remembering a gentleman with many memories
30.03.16 - roopinder singh

It was in 1992 that a distinguished-looking gentleman came over and said that something should be written about Giani Kartar Singh. Though one had heard a lot of stories about the legendary political figure, one wanted to find some documented information before one could proceed ...

Of play and longing: “holi songs of demerara”
24.03.16 - Gaiutra Bahadur

Today is Holi, the springtime festival known in the Caribbean as Phagwah (after the Bhojpuri month of "Phagun”). I thought I’d take the opportunity to highlight a rare text: the only known literary work by an indentured servant in the Anglophone Caribbean. I found a ...

Bhagat Singh's last letter: From the front page of The Tribune dated 25 March 1931
23.03.16 - pt team

Bhagat Singh and his comrades while refusing to make any petition for mercy, in the course of a letter to the Governor of the Punjab, asked to be shot dead.
"The only thing we want to point out, they said, "is that according to the verdict ...

Bharat Mata and other Matas
21.03.16 - Devdutt Pattanaik*

If India has Bharat Mata, then Britain has Britannia, France has Marianne, New Zealand has Zealandia, Sweden has Mother Svea and America has Columbia. These are Homeland goddesses who emerged in colonial times and consolidated themselves as ‘mothers’ with the rise of the nation-state.
Britannia ...

Who is Htin Kyaw, Myanmar's New President?
19.03.16 - Shashank Bengali*

A childhood friend of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi was elected Tuesday as Myanmar’s new president, a major step for a country ruled or partially ruled by the military for more than half a century.

Htin Kyaw, 69, the first civilian to hold ...

Dear Rahul, this will come as music to your ears
17.03.16 - pREET K S BEDI

From Indira Gandhi’s emergency to the mess created by the Janata Party to Rajiv’s inability to explain Bofors to VP’s flirtation with Mandal to the India vs Bharat conundrums of Rao and Vajpayee, elections in India have always been lost, not won. In fact so ...

My Father’s Killer’s Funeral
13.03.16 - Aatish Taseer*

On Feb. 29 — a bad day for anniversaries — Pakistan executed my father’s killer.
My father was the governor of Punjab Province from 2008 until his death in 2011. At that time, he was defending a Christian woman who had fallen afoul of Pakistan’s blasphemy ...

My Political Influences
05.03.16 - preet k s bedi

We went hungry the night Nehru died; it was just understood there would be no dinner.  We went to see his body lie in state at Teen Murthy House the next day and again to join the funeral procession for the third time to pay ...

Thank you, Mr. Prime Minister
04.03.16 - Preet K s Bedi

Dear Mr. Modi
Thank you for providing a platform for Kanhaiya to reach out to the entire country. May god give you the benevolence to discover and present more Hardiks and Kanhaiyas to us.
In Canada Justin Trudeau rode into prominence after just one oration and that ...




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