OPINION
Rahul Gandhi’s big favour to Congress but do the Congressis realise it?
13.07.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

The Grand Old Party of India, the Congress, is battling one of its worst crisis. The humiliating defeat of the party at the hands of Bharatiya Janata Party led by Narendra Modi in the recent Lok Sabha elections has further demoralised the party.

The singular good ...
  


Is it time to write off the left?
The moribund left
06.07.19 - Irfan Husain

PEOPLE who vote against their economic self-interest are a bit like sheep queuing up for a visit to the slaughterhouse.

And yet this is what is happening around the world: voters are electing right-wing, populist leaders who cut taxes on the rich, slash subsidies, and impose ...
  


Can India do with just one poll?
ONE NATION ONE ELECTION
29.06.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s declaration that his government would set up a committee to examine and give recommendations on one-nation-one-election proposal has led to a debate with Congress and some other major opposition parties opposing the proposal straight away. The issue needs to be debated ...
  


Punjab needs an Accountability Commission to stem systemic governance decay
26.06.19 - Bir Devinder Singh*

WITH THE institution of Lok Pal becoming defunct and the State Vigilance Bureau reduced to serve the political interests of the man at the helm, the entire accountability architecture in Punjab lies in a shambles. The daily news about vigilance sleuths catching petty officials pocketing ...
  


In People Perception, When Gods Become Satans?
HEALERS OR PREDATORS?
22.06.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

IT TOOK SEVEN days for the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to do what she should have done on the first or second day of the incident in which a junior doctor was attacked by the relatives of a patient who died while being ...
  


SPORTS & POLITICS: HAND IN GLOVE — MS Dhoni’s Olive Green Balidan Gloves and the Black Gloves of Smith & Carlos
THE GLOVE COMPARTMENT
12.06.19 - S Pal

INDIA'S STAR cricketer MS Dhoni found a smart short-cut to become the country's chest-thumping nationalist hero by displaying on his wicketkeeping glove the emblem of the army's Paratrooper regiment during the match.

Media cameras paid special attention to the "Balidaan" logo, every nationalist and dyed-in-saffron television ...
  


Will Modi walk the talk?
Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas and Sabka Vishwas.
29.05.19 - Vipin Pubby

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s speech to the newly elected Members of Parliament from National Democratic Alliance was flawless. His generous references to inclusiveness and extending a hand to minorities did surprise many. To the old slogan of Sabka sath, Sabka Vikas, he added  Sabka Vishwas.

Not ...
  


The Voters' Psychology
DECONSTRUCTING MODI – KITNA MAZBOOT?
24.05.19 - Swarajbir

Note — As India is in the throes of the narrative about a Mazboot Neta/Mazboot Sarkar, here is a piece by Swarajbir, Punjab’s foremost playwright and poet, and also the editor of Punjabi Tribune, on the psychology that goes into the election of a leader ...
  


Dark clouds over the constitutional institutions
TRANSPARENCY AND OPACITY
23.05.19 - Vipin Pubby

IN AN AGE of information explosion and demand for transparency in the functioning of various institutions, the country is seeing an increasing trend where attempts are being made by these institutions to put a lid over their functioning. Of course governments always like to restrict ...
  


What will be the outcome?
GENERAL ELECTIONS 2019
16.05.19 - Vipin Pubby

WITH THE OUTCOME of the general elections just a week away, and voting to be completed in just 59 seats, all eyes are on the performances of various parties and formation of the new government.

It has been a long and hard fought elections with political ...
  


Why is Modi getting so insecure?
ELECTION ISSUES BEING DEBATED NOW
09.05.19 - Vipin Pubby

EVEN AS WE are in the middle of the election campaign for the Lok Sabha elections, one aspect that stands out starkly is the issues that are being talked about to influence the voters.

None of the major political parties are focusing on the real issues ...
  


What happened in that room? Cast your vote.
THE QUESTION SUPREME
08.05.19 -

Your politician is not talking about it, even when he is talking incessantly about issues that matter to you. But why are you silent? 

S Pal 
 
A WOMAN EMPLOYEE of the Supreme Court, who was in direct touch with the Chief Justice of India, thanks to her ...
  


If Modi is defeated, what happens next?
07.05.19 - Jawed Naqvi

IT IS DISTINCTLY possible that Narendra Modi won’t be the next prime minister, and Rahul Gandhi is not the only one saying that. Of course, there are two more suspenseful laps to go before the May 23 results come in.

As Rahul and others have guessed, ...
  


Congress bent upon scoring self goals
LOSING THE PERCEPTION GAME
01.05.19 - Vipin Pubby

THE CONGRESS, which has ruled the country for nearly 60 years of its independence, appears to be suffering from a death wish. The way the party had been scoring self goals in the recent past may be sounding music for the BJP but would be ...
  


Now, Judiciary must follow the rule of law and proper procedures
CJI GOGOI SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASE
26.04.19 - Vipin Pubby

FOR THE SECOND TIME within a year, the highest court of the land has come under a cloud of controversy. Both the incidents have been unprecedented and have brought the functioning of one of the three pillars of democracy under a close lens.

The current Chief ...
  


Was Election Commission waiting for a reprimand from Supreme Court?
LOK SABHA ELECTIONS 2019
19.04.19 - Vipin Pubby


HAVING CLOSELY watched and covered elections for the last forty years I can safely say that the ensuing Lok Sabha elections are proving to be most bitter and have brought down the electioneering debate standards to a new low.

There have always been exceptions in the ...
  


Britain hasn’t, but have you apologised?
JALLIANWALA BAGH 1919-2019
13.04.19 - S Pal

TO LIVE FOREVER in someone’s debt is to prolong the life of a good deed.
TO LIVE FOREVER with a sense of guilt is to prolong the life of an acknowledgement that a bad deed was indeed done, and that it must never ever happen ...
  


DANGAL 2019 – You can fight in Space, or you can fight on the ground
SPACE VS RACE — SPECTACLE VERSUS HARD QUESTIONS
03.04.19 - S Pal

PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi went on national television to announce India now has the capability to shoot down an inimical spy satellite in space.

Indians are supposed to be ecstatic at this achievement, even though there has never been talk of anyone deploying a spy satellite ...
  


Jacinda Ardern's New Zealand, Modi's India, We in Punjab
27.03.19 - S Pal

THE BRAVE NEW India of Narendra Modi was so pissed off with repeated acts of terror, carried out by elements in Pakistan or those backed by them, that when an Indian youth rammed a car-full of explosives into the CRPF caravan in Pulwama and killed ...
  


Why Sukhbir Badal, Sunil Jakhar must go to Dera Sirsa followers and seek their votes? Or they should be arrested.
21.03.19 - S Pal

#Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar has said his party will not seek votes of Dera Sirsa.
 

#Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal has said his party will not be seeking the support of Dera Sirsa.
 
 
IF WE HAD BEEN living in different times, somewhat better times, ...
  



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