OPINION
The bigger the lie, the more easily the public will swallow it
FAKE NEWS
27.04.20 - Markandey Katju

It was a dictum of Nazi Propaganda Minister Dr Goebbels that the bigger the lie, the more easily and readily will the gullible public swallow it. In fact Goebbels had learnt this from Adolf Hitler, who wrote in his autobiography Mein Kampf that a lie ...
  


PM speaks against communalism but too late and too little
हमेशा देर कर देता हूँ मैं .....
22.04.20 - VIPIN PUBBY


PRIME MINISTER Narendra Modi at last came out with a message on social site Twitter on Sunday to state that "COVID-19 does not see race, religion, colour, caste, creed, language or borders before striking. Our response and conduct thereafter should ...
  


Treating migrants with compassion is the least the government can do
LOCKDOWN WITHOUT PLAN
19.04.20 - VIPIN PUBBY


There are some visuals from the post-Independent India which would forever remained etched in our collective conscious and would cause all sane persons to hang their heads in shame.

The first such images were the trudging of millions of people, including women, children and the infirm, ...
  


Redesigning Delhi: The folly and vanity of the Central Vista project
What HT Wouldn't Dare To Publish
19.04.20 - Ramachandra Guha

In a two-part article published last month in the website Newslaundry, the writer Alpana Kishore subjected the project to redesign New Delhi’s Central Vista to critical scrutiny. The first part asked the question: "Why is redeveloping Central Vista a bigger priority than fixing the capital’s ...
  


The fault lies with human greed, not the innocent timepiece
THE TYRANNY OF TIME
18.04.20 - Irfan Husain

Clearly, some malign agency is hard at work to erase our humanity, and turn us into automatons that follow orders. Gradually, our individuality has been hollowed out, and we have become enslaved to forces beyond our ken.

From the dawn of civilisation, the process of enslavement ...
  


A Good Leader Does Not Spread Panic
EXTENSION OF HARDSHIPS
17.04.20 - ADITYA

FOR THE THIRD time the Prime Minister addressed the countrymen on the menace of Corona virus and for the third time he failed to articulate in policies any concern for the overwhelming majority of the people of the country who are suffering much more due ...
  


écrasez l'infâme — Crush the infamy
INDIAN MUSLIMS
16.04.20 - Markandey Katju

Atrocities and harassment of Muslims has increased in India lately, and demonisation of Muslims as terrorists and anti nationals has become not just a popular past time but an obsession with many people, particularly many in the media, like a TV anchor whom I call ...
  


Intellectuals and the post corona era in India
15.04.20 - Markandey Katju

Presently everyone in India is focused on corona, but it is time now to think of the post corona period.

I have said several times that India's huge socio-economic problems ( which have been aggravated by the corona pandemic ) of massive poverty, record and rising ...
  


Covid-19 lockdown: How can government strike a balance?
Between the devil and the deep sea
09.04.20 - Markandey Katju & Dhruti Kapadia

The crucial question before the Indian Govt is whether the nationwide lockdown be ended after the three-week period announced on March 24 by the Prime Minister expires on April 14, or should it be continued thereafter?
 
This is the Catch-22 situation which the authorities in ...
  


Why is Prime Minister Modi behaving like Bigg Boss?
BIGG BOSS CHAHTE HAIN..
09.04.20 - VIPIN PUBBY


WHAT HAPPENED behind the scenes that culminated in India agreeing to send the consignment of malaria drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for which US President Trump had called prime minister Narendra Modi ? Was it actually a threat of retaliation or the chronology of events had jumbled ...
  


Nationalism is not the right framework for solving the global problems mankind faces: Jathedar,  Akal Takht
CORONAVIRUS AND AFTERWARDS
02.04.20 - Giani Harpreet Singh

Recently the acting Jathedar, Sri Akal Takht Sahib, Giani Harpreet Singh addressed the Sikh congregation. He mentioned how the Coronavirus is a major challenge for our times. He also stated that there is no need to criticise nationalism but it is clear that for the challenges ...
  


More than what meets the eye in Gogoi’s RS nomination
Judiciary and Politics
21.03.20 - VIPIN PUBBY


JUDICIARY IS certainly passing through one of its darkest phases in the country’s history. It had shown such temerity and compliance only during the internal emergency declared by the then prime minister Indira Gandhi. In some ways, perhaps, the conduct of some judges now is ...
  


Corona virus and Court Costs
19.03.20 - Markandey Katju & Aditya Manubarwala

In wake of the prevailing Novel Covid-19 situation in the country, the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India and several High Courts as well as Tribunals have issued circulars limiting hearings of cases to urgent matters only.

Recently, a learned Single Judge of the Bombay High Court ...
  


Congress on road to self destruction
HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF
11.03.20 - VIPIN PUBBY


THE GRAND OLD Party of India, the 135 year old Indian National Congress, appears to be on the path to self-destruction. Even the die-hard supporters of the party, which has ruled the country for 60 years, have begun to wonder if the party with its ...
  


Politics makes strange bedfellows
SCINDIA HOLDS KAMAL
11.03.20 - Markandey Katju


"Jeevan ka safar hai toolaani
  Yaan ikraani hai naadaani
  Jo shahsawaar maahir hain
  Woh raah badalte rehte hain"

It means:

 "Life’s journey is long
  To be consistent in it is a sign of immaturity
  The expert horse riders
  Keep changing their paths"

A huge political storm has been ...
  


Communal violence cases and tardy justice delivery system of India
HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF
07.03.20 - VIPIN PUBBY

THE RECENT riots in Delhi would remain a blot on the nation as the national capital faced avoidable violence for three days leaving nearly 50 people killed and several injured. The protest at Shaheen Bagh, which was allowed to continue for two months, was a ...
  


How should the Attorney General of India behave?
03.03.20 - Markandey Katju

 
The petitions challenging the detention of the Kashmiri leaders Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have been fixed for hearing before the Supreme Court on 5th March. An important question in these cases is how should the Attorney General of India (or the Solicitor General of ...
  


Nowadays, In India Having A Muslim Name Is Dangerous
02.03.20 - Markandey Katju


I regret to say so but the truth is that nowadays having a Muslim name in India, like Tahir Hussain, is dangerous, being itself sufficient proof in the eyes of many of being guilty of a major crime like murder, rape, dacoity, arson, etc.

How else ...
  


Simple Maths And Lazy Politics
29.02.20 - Shams Kabir


Liberal support implies limited cohorts in support outside of urban agglomerations Therefore the AAP experiment to go national failed. Their support base was largely liberal.

Nationalism and soft-Hindutva obtains the majority vote in all states bar some. As a single cohort subscribing to any concrete ideology, ...
  


Delhi Tragedy: Who is to be blamed and how could it have been avoided?
DELHI RIOTS & POLICE
29.02.20 - Markandey Katju

The tragic violence in Delhi would never have happened if the Delhi police had acted in the manner the police is meant to act in a democracy, as described in the speech of Sir Robert Mark (quoted herein), that is, in a totally neutral, non ...
  



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