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Bush, Obama said this on Diwali. Was it meant for Trump? Or Us?
19.10.17 - By Pandit Nasruddin Chichawatni

ON THE DAY of Diwali, two former presidents of the United States of America, who had not spoken in months, said stuff that many thought was actually aimed at rebuking President Donald Trump, but a number of Indians in western democracies said the message was ...

  


Election Commission - You Failed to Convince. Try Again.
15.10.17 - By Punjab Today Editorial Board

Most Indian newspapers, including almost all English language newspapers, today carry a story that starts something like this: "Here is why EC did not announce dates for Gujarat assembly elections." All these news reports have dutifully reported the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) A K Jyoti's ...

  


On a day India's Supreme Court stood up for girl child, Pak law makers let her down
INDIA SHAMES PAKISTAN, AGAIN
12.10.17 - PT FOREIGN DESK

India Shamed Pakistan on Wednesday. Once again. Without uttering a single bad word. This is how a better democracy works — by winning the day without hatred, without communalism, and being eternally progressive and liberal. Incidentally, October 11 was International Day of the Girl Child. ...
  


She slept with Langah. Don't sympathise with her.
IZZAT GAYEE KIS KI...
08.10.17 - NEHA JINDAL & HARLEEN KAUR*

A WOMAN COMPLAINED against a minister, claiming years of exploitation. Alongside her complaint, she submitted a video. Sucha Singh Langah is now in jail, his party cleansed itself by expelling Langah, and a religion protected its purity by excommunicating him.

A leading playwright of Punjab, Pali ...
  


President Ram Nath Kovind, please take back his gallantry medal
06.10.17 - kanwar manjit singh

IF THE PRESIDENT of India gives a gallantry medal to a police officer for recovering "deadly weapons" and arresting "indiscriminate shooters," and later a court finds that it was a complete lie, should the President not withdraw the medal?

Amod Kanth was the only IPS officer ...
  


Sucha Singh Langah — Kamaal Jaari Hai...
05.10.17 - Agiyani Pal

THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH Texas President tried, without success, to cancel a speech by Donald Trump Jr. slated for October.  
 
"I am trying to stop it, but it isn’t an easy thing,” Neal Smatresk, president of the university in Denton, Texas, said in an email to ...
  


Hindustan Times' Hate Tracker will no more track hate?
SAFFRON STRIKES
26.09.17 - BY PT MEDIA CRITIC

New Delhi: India's leading English language daily newspaper, Hindustan Times, which had started a special crowd-sourced national database of hate crimes, is losing its zeal for tracking hate. 

Senior Hindustan Times staffers have been instructed by HT's Chief Content Officer (yes, they have such a post), ...
  


Patiala, via Panchkula. Soon Reaching Your City. Hail Democracy!
20.09.17 - Kamjaat Singh

Welcome to Panchkula - now in Patiala. Very soon in your own city also. Just plan a protest.

Farmers have announced that they plan to protest in front of the private residence of Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. 
 
They could come in thousands, and they may actually ...
  


Political economy of extension in age of retirement
13.09.17 - Dr. Pyara Lal Garg

THE TOTAL EXPECTED Revenue receipts of Punjab Government for the year 2017-18 as per Budget estimates are to the tune of Rs. 60,080 crore, while the estimated expenditure is Rs. 74,864 Crore. Revenue deficit is pegged at Rs. 14784 Crore which is 3.18% of the ...
  


The Gorakhpur Dead Speak to Punjab
BEYOND RAGE
11.09.17 - Awagyakrit Singh

BETWEEN AUGUST 7 and August 11, 60 children died in Gorakhpur's BRD Hospital. On the single night of August 10, 23 children died. This is the night when the oxygen supply allegedly dried up. On two days of Aug 29 and 30, 42 kids died ...
  


The Assassination of Dissent
FAQ on the cold blooded killings
06.09.17 - sanehead

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS on the cold blooded killing at 8:30 pm yesterday of Gauri Lankesh, strong independent journalist based in Bangalore.
 
Q: After Dabholkar, Kalburgi and Pansare, Gauri , the daughter of eminent independent journalist , late P Lankesh, who was editor of the Kannada periodical, ...
  


The selectively suicidal state of the Indian union
NEET Controversy
01.09.17 - SANEHEAD

How many more Rohit Vemula's and S Anitha's will have to die before this country's conscience wakes up ?

We need more of S Anitha's ilk, many many more, so that the poor on India's rural and urban areas can have access to decent medical care, ...
  


Bakrid violence alert
01.09.17 - SANEHEAD

With new BJP allied Governments in heartland cow belt states of UP and Bihar, and in Uttarakhand and Assam, and old BJP rule in Haryana, MP, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Chattisgarh, we should be alert for large scale violence or at least several incidents of violence ...
  


Dera through the Punjab lens
Need to urgently address disquiet over multiple crises
29.08.17 - Amandeep Sandhu

It was a decade ago that the shroud of banality ‘Saint Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insaan’ spun fell on Punjab, in particular the Sikh community. I saw it first-hand in the summer of 2007 when my mother lay dying from stage IV cancer in ...
  


Relax! All 30 were dera premis
Aam Aadmi in Panchkula
27.08.17 - SP Singh*

AS MEDIA HEADLINES swerved from 'Uneasy Calm, Situation Tense' to 'Mayhem in Panchkula, 30 Dead', the articulation of the narrative about democracy, rights of citizens, notions of peace, and the hyper engagement with the rather elusive construct of Aam Aadmi also travelled quite some distance.

The ...
  


War against the State?
DISARM AND DISBAND DERA CHIEF'S MILITIA
27.08.17 - SANEHEAD

WHY DO WE not understand, that the incidents of August 25 in Panchkula and other parts of Haryana, Punjab and Delhi constitute pre planned war against the State of India as by Law established, including its entire judicial system and peaceful citizens by an outlaw ...
  


The next steps in the Baba files
No Ordinary Criminal
26.08.17 - SANEHEAD

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Insaan is not being kept in prison like an ordinary criminal.

He was flown in a luxury chopper to a guest house in the premises of the Haryana Police Training College outside Rohtak town.

He is being allowed private attendants and food of his ...
  


The Judge, The Complainants And The Judgement
A Salute To The Lower Judiciary Of India
25.08.17 - SANEHEAD

A Salute to the Lower Judiciary of India.

A Salute to the Brave Judge Jagdeep Singh of the CBI Court Panchkula who delivered the landmark judgement against Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insaan today in the midst of superhuman efforts by several governments and rampant hordes of ...
  


A DOKLAM IN EVERY FIELD
20.08.17 - KANWAR MANJIT SINGH

SPASMODIC JOURNALISM IS the norm in these times when a president can fire a new tweet every morning, and breathless journalists have to engage with another perfidious story. Closer home, things are no different. 

Days of incessant focus on farm loan waiver can be pushed aside ...
  


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, ...
  



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