OPINION
Narendra Modi will fend off this attack from Vajpayee. He did it earlier, too.
THE NATIONAL CONSPIRACY AGAINST MODI
17.08.18 - S Pal

NO ONE HAS lost more than Narendra Modi in the death of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. The former Prime Minister, who once reminded 'hamare Narendra Bhayee Modi' of his 'raj dharma,' seemed to have timed his death perfectly to deliver a message to the incumbent prime ...
  


Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?
13.08.18 - S Pal

WE LIVE IN 1947. It is midnight. A job is being done. An agenda is being implemented. We will see the morning only when the task is accomplished. Millions crossed the Radcliffe line; others are still being told to go. In 1947, the announcements were ...
  


Sikh rebellion: Questioning the SGPC's authority
10.08.18 - VIPIN PUBBY*

THE Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), housed in the Golden Temple in Amritsar, is considered the Mini Parliament of the Sikhs. It holds sway over the affairs of this community with huge funds and vast powers at its disposal.

The Committee, which was set up under ...
  


Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman election: NDA wins, Akali Dal loses
BINA SHART SHARTIYA SIYASI ILLAAJ
09.08.18 - S Pal

IN THE ELECTION of the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman on Thursday, the Akali Dal of Sukhbir Singh Badal lost rather badly, without even a consolation prize. That's the political result of the joust.

As for the electoral joust, Harivansh Narayan Singh of the Janata Dal (United) ...
  


Mr SY Quraishi, can you please help to save this pet dog locked inside this sealed building?
THE GOOD BOY CERTIFICATE FOR PAK'S ELECTION COMMISSION
02.08.18 - S Pal

IF ONLY RAHUL GANDHI had said it, or even a Manish Tiwari, all hell would have broken loose, and Amit Shah would have declared on the floor of the Rajya Sabha that the man advocating the cause of the Pakistan Army and the Pakistan Election ...
  


Punjab is Silent as India Wakes Up to Talk of Refugees, Migration, Issues of Citizenship
Refugee se refugee mile, kar kar chotte haath
30.07.18 - S PAL

 Indian national media’s top story finds no mention in Punjab newspapers, TV
 
PUNJAB IS A land of the refugees. Certainly, a large number of refugees. Partition meant that millions were displaced, and forced to trudge their way into the Indian Punjab, Delhi, Jammu, parts of Rajasthan ...
  


Democracy: From Jantar Mantar to Matka Chowk, march with the help of Supreme Court
26.07.18 - S Pal

Editors may not come to the chowk, but sons and daughters of Mother India must
 
IS DEMOCRACY BACK at the chowk? Sample this: It took a strong people's movement extending over years, massive public opinion mobilisation, the legacy of Chipko agitation and tireless efforts of civil ...
  


Amarinder first to talk about AAP-Congress alliance, but what could it mean?
STRANGE BEDFELLOWS PLANNING HONEYMOON?
23.07.18 - S Pal*

MAKING THE MOST definitive statement till date about his party's stance towards the Aam Aadmi Party, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has made it clear that the Congress is open to a pre-poll alliance with the AAP.

"Building alliances is the prerogative of the central ...
  


CHIDAMBARAM IS WRONG – The cry of Sushma Swaraj and the silence of Rajnath Singh
THE RAM MADHAV LESSON IN POLITICS
08.07.18 - S Pal

"Not one fellow minister or (BJP) party functionary" condemned the trolls hounding Union Minister Sushma Swaraj, claimed former Union Finance Minister and one of the sharpest critics of the Modi government, P Chidambaram of the Congress.

He is wrong. 

BJP's Ram Madhav, a man with a direct ...
  


Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron
WOOING THE PANTH
05.07.18 - kanwar manjit singh

PIARA SINGH WAS a little, chubby kid, studying in Class 2. His father Dilbagh Singh was a religious man. On that hot day in June, he was at Sri Harimandir Sahib to observe the martyrdom day of the Fifth Sikh Master. A grenade lobbed by ...
  


He walked into a newspaper office and shot dead five journalists; So you should now shout a question to Modi
NOW SHOUT: “HEY MODI JI, HOW ARE YOU? AND….”
01.07.18 - S Pal

"Media bik chukka hai.” From Donald Trump’s fake media narrative to the discourse in India that sweeps aside all discerning faculties and tells people that they are being served by "godi media,” the game in town is media bashing. It’s one intersection where even ...
  


Panjab's Emergency: Formal and Informal
28.06.18 - AMANDEEP SANDHU

What is Emergency:

In India, Emergency or President's Rule refers to special provisions invoked by the central government by which citizen's rights are suspended when the state imposes direct control of the central government under Article 356 of Part 18 of the Indian constitution.
 
The then ...
  


What India owes Nehru
NEHRU'S INDIA vs MODIBHARAT
23.06.18 - PERVEZ HOODBHOY

PANDIT JAWAHARLAL NEHRU would never have won a popularity contest in Pakistan quite simply because he did his best to oppose our country’s creation. But nowhere is he reviled more than in India’s current ruling circles and among those whose loyalty they command.

The accusations against ...
  


Who pays for that English muffin? The Tribune and Narendra Modi now share a man in Kashmir
ETHICS OF JOURNALISM & CONFLICT OF INTEREST
20.06.18 - kanwar manjit singh

SLOAN SABBITH, the financial journalist in Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom meets up with a corporate honcho at a sidewalk cafe for breakfast and pow-wow but insists on paying for her own muffin. Her reason? She reports on these corporates, and can't allow a billionaire to ...
  


Non-BJP CMs Hold a Message for 2019 Polls
A POLITICAL STORM BREWING
18.06.18 - VIPIN PUBBY*

THE CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS in the wake of dharna by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his senior ministers inside the Delhi Raj Niwas, and the support lent by four non-BJP and non-Congress chief ministers, led to an unprecedented situation and is a significant turn on ...
  


RSS-Pranab meet: Time to bury old ghosts
RECONCILE AND MOVE ON
13.06.18 - VIPIN PUBBY*

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sewak Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat, credited with inviting former President Pranab Mukherjee to the RSS headquarters at Nagpur, was wrong when he said the Sangh would remain Sangh and Mukherjee will remain what he is even after the event. Not only has the momentous ...
  


“Congress Sikhan Di Dushman Jamaat Hai?” —Akalis need to dump broken record, shift gears
BROKEN RECORD
10.06.18 - kanwar manjit singh

YET ANOTHER ANNIVERSARY of Operation Bluestar came and went by. And yet another occasion for the Badals-led Shiromani Akali Dal to paint the Congress as "Sikhan Di Dushman Jamaat" will come up very soon. 

The panchayat elections are not very far away, and the anniversary of ...
  


“Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and “Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship
AAGE, AAGE DEKHIYE, HOTA HAI KYA, GURU!
26.05.18 - S Pal

ON WEDNESDAY, May 23, HD Kumaraswamy finally took the oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, and the resultant pictures jolted India's polity. Sonia Gandhi stood next to Mayawati, Sharad Pawar on the other side, Akhilesh Yadav beaming, Sitaram Yechury in a crisp kurta, Ajit ...
  


Jinnah today, Nehru tomorrow
12.05.18 - Jawed Naqvi

YOU COULD HAVE spotted, as I did, Mohammad Ali Jinnah in an official portrait at the Indian Muslim League’s headquarters in Kerala in the 1990s. I’m not sure if the picture is still around after the party split down the middle, subsequently. Asked to comment ...
  


Sohrabuddin Encounter Case: Time To Bring Focus Back On
MATTER OF JUSTICE
06.05.18 - VIPIN PUBBY*

WHILE THE HIGHEST court of the country has ruled out any foul play in the death in 2014 of CBI judge BH Loya, who was hearing the high-profile case of alleged false encounter of suspected terrorist Sohrabuddin Shaikh, the suspicion lurking over the circumstances leading ...
  



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