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AWARAGARDI – OUR BIRTHRIGHT
Post-Bekhauf Azadi March
12.08.17 - Kamjaat Singh

ON AUGUST 11, Friday, hours before India marks 70 years of its Independence from a regime in which we were not free, women spilled out on the roads in Chandigarh. Just a handful. Some said about 400. 
 
Sadken bhi hamari, Galiyan bhi hamari, Raat bhi hamari, ...
  


Come out for a stroll, tonight. Bekhauf. Let's loiter, and test 70 years of azadi.
RIGHT TO LOITER, BEKHAUF
11.08.17 - Kamjaat Singh

CHANDIGARH, AUGUST 11: On August 11, Friday, less than 100 hours before India marks 70 years of its Independence from a regime in which we were not free, women plan to spill out on the roads, asking for freedom. No, irony did not die a ...
  


The seven blind men and the elephant
05.08.17 - Observer

I just read an article in The Wire, by the veteran journalist Prem Shanker Jha titled 'The Enigma of the Political Suicide of Nitish Kumar' in which he gloomily concludes that Nitish Kumar has destroyed himself by his volte-face in favour of the RSS, for ...
  


No one says this to Pardhanji. We have to.
30.07.17 - NISCHAY PAUL

DEFEAT IS EXPECTED to spur any political party into some introspection. At worst, a defeated political force enacts a charade of introspection. Bussing the dejected comrades to a hill station or a five star hotel for chintan-meetings used to be the gold standard. A more ...
  


Commander-in-chief Ram Nath Kovind, and humour
Of President, Veep & Facts
29.07.17 - KAMJAAT SINGH

ONE OF BJP's top mission statements could not have been more pithy: the party wanted to ensure a Congress-mukt Bharat. It has now ensured that the superstructure ruling in Lutyen's Delhi is completely Congress-mukt. 

Ram Nath Kovind is now the commander-in-chief of India's armed forces. M ...
  


Is it time for Punjab to enact a new law on social boycott?
Extrapolating the sin: "Roti-beti di saanjh na rakhi jaave"?
25.07.17 - Kamjaat Singh

What is the takeaway for Punjab, in general, and the Sikh community, in particular, from Pranab Mukherjee's last day in the Rashtrapati Niwas? Among the pieces of legislation Mukherjee inked in that house on the Raisina Hill was Maharashtra’s Protection of People from Social Boycott ...
  


BJP V/s SAFFRON: Modi rides a tiger, but some saffron cubs are running amok
BJP V/s SAFFRON
07.07.17 - PT POLITICAL BUREAU

EMBOLDENED BY Narendra Modi's silence and clear signals that the ruling dispensation in the country and in several BJP-run states is going to adopt a wink-wink approach to many Hindutva forces, some of the tiger's cubs are running amok.

If the BJP leadership thinks that it ...
  


Amarinder called it a
LOAN WAIVER & JOURNALISTS
20.06.17 - S P SINGH

Whatever happened to that thing called journalism?
 
Farmers and agricultural labourers, even in a substantially agrarian state like Punjab, can be short-changed pretty easily by a bunch of spinmeisters, a cohort of lazy journalists, and, one is afraid, editors seemingly asleep on the job.

So, a farm ...
  


KEY CONCERN: Do not let the heat reach Modi
11.06.17 - nischay paul

DEVENDRA Fadnavis is battling a crisis. In his state, milk tankers and vegetable-laden trucks are moving under police escort. Shivraj Chauhan, when he is not in a yoga pose, is being singed by the farmers' protests and the fallout of the killing of farmers in ...
  


Give Kashmir a ceasefire
26.05.17 - H K Dua*

Remember how Vajpayee government touched hearts with a similar move 
 
Several prominent citizens from different walks of life have called for a declaration of ceasefire in Kashmir during the month of Ramzan, beginning on Friday. Their appeal needs to be immediately heeded, both by the Centre ...
  


World Press Freedom Day 2017: From death threats to bans to beheading, how free is press?
03.05.17 - Chanchal Chauhan*

From death threats to bans, from censorship to beheading by the terror groups such as ISIS, journalists all over the world have been through and go through a lot, each day. With all the news of curbing press’ right to know, to say it out ...
  


Is India losing Kashmir?
28.04.17 - Soutik Biswas*

As India's most restive region stares down the abyss of what a commentator calls another "hot summer of violence", the doom-laden headline has returned with a vengeance: Is India losing Kashmir?

Last summer was one of the bloodiest in the Muslim-dominated valley in recent years. Following ...
  


'Amarinder must revisit his egotistical stance on Sajjan'
15.04.17 - Bir Devinder Singh*

I WOULD wish to plead with Capt. Amarinder Singh CM of Punjab that personal prejudices must be kept aside while addressing bigger issues concerning the community and the Nation. Canada enjoys very special status among the comity of Nations, which have made tremendous contribution to ...
  


Holy Week and The Yogi Effect on the Christian Church
12.04.17 - observer with opinion

On 9th April, 2017 the Jewish Passover and the Christian Palm Sunday, a prayer service where over a thousand people including two foreign pastors were expected to join, had to be cancelled because a militant Hindu group complained that the meeting was likely to lead ...
  


Do not worry, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. Aisi Koyee Ghatna Huyee Hee Nahi, Kotha Sahib Theek Thaak Hai
07.04.17 - kanwar manjit singh

ALWAR LYNCHING: AN OPEN LETTER TO INDIA’S MINORITIES AFFAIRS MINISTER 
 
Mr Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi,
 
IN ANY different circumstances, I would have addressed you as 'honourable' minister, but you just made some effort to lose that epithet. You actually stood up in Parliament and said that the Alwar ...
  


The Beginning Of The End (Part IV)
04.04.17 - observer with opinion

Epiphany.

"That blessed mood
In which the burthen of the mystery
In which the heavy and the weary weight
Of all this unintelligible world
Is lightened....
While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into into the life of things"
(Wordsworth, Tintern Abbey,1798)

Strange ...
  


The Beginning Of The End (Part III)
03.04.17 - observer with opinion

Let us observe closely the nature of some of the cracks in the RSS-BJP edifice that an overload of political success has ironically brought out into the open if only we care to see them.

Now, here's the rub in the game of one-upmanship between Modi ...
  


The Beginning Of The End (Part II)
03.04.17 - observer with opinion

A discerning observer might have quoted Tennyson there and then to say:

"It is the little rift within the lute
That by and by will make the music mute
And ever widening , slowly silence  all "
(Idylls of the King)

For those who have doubts about the tacit RSS ...
  


The Beginning Of The End
03.04.17 - observer with opinion

" In my beginning is my end"
.....
" In my end is my beginning "
(TS Eliot, The Four Quartets, East Coker)

The ominous auguries of the inevitable beginning of a long drawn out and predictably painful end of the Modi-Shah dominated Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) era of ...
  


Sabhe Ghat Ram Bole: Fanaticism, Not Atheism, Is Irreligious
30.03.17 - by harcharan bains

Fanaticism and Superstition are the biggest enemies of Religion: In fact, these are Irreligious attitudes
 
The biggest enemy of religion is not atheism but fanaticism. Or, better still, fanaticism and superstition. Both have truly disfigured the face of religion and de-humanised its spirit.
 
And fanaticism and superstition ...
  



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