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 ...

RSS-Pranab meet: Time to bury old ghosts
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 ...

The Punjab-Punjab Ties: The Coordinated Silence of Amarinder Singh & Badals
02.03.18 - S Pal

THE COORDINATED SILENCE of seemingly rival politicians on a crucial issue tells us more about their real politics, than their incessantly glib statements. 

For those whose ears are trained to read silence, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh of Congress and Parkash/Sukhbir Singh Badal of the Shiromani ...

RENUKA'S LAUGHTER: Thank you for your guffaws. We needed this non-violent weapon.
11.02.18 - By Sanehead*

I AM SO GLAD Renuka Choudhury laughed and laughed uninhibitedly, laughed loud and long, at Narendra Modi’s extraordinary claims in the Parliament.

I am glad, even if sounded like a cackle, or seemed hysterical - for it was a full throated mature woman's honest, instinctive and ...

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 ...


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 ...

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


"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 ...

Beacons No Red Flag For VIP Culture
28.03.17 - harcharan bains*

I am opposed to the importance being attached to red beacons atop official vehicles. This is nothing but tokenism. It makes no difference to the VIP mindset whether or not his vehicle carries a red light atop or not. One of the arguments advanced in ...

25.03.17 - By Harcharan Bains*

The latest Punjab Assembly election earlier this year was perhaps the most significant election since the formation of the Punjabi Suba, or post-reorganisation Punjab. Punjab went through a phase of extreme angst and pain for which the government and the opposition were both equally to ...

YUG-YUGAANTAR (Tales of Times Past, Present and Future)
23.03.17 - Observer with an Opinion

NATH JOGIS in Punjab are most often seen wandering in the form of Snake Charmers. Baba Gorakhnath ( literally, the Holy Man incharge of Protecting Cows) the Patron Saint of the erstwhile Hindu Kingdom of Nepal, and the Gorkhas, is fabled to have kept dark ...

Game of Manifestos: Election is coming
31.01.17 - Mandeep Singh

These days, end of season sale is everywhere but one can find the promises of distributing more "free” items in the manifestos of the three major parties, released last week contesting in the coming Punjab elections. While on 4th February, people of Punjab will cast ...

Dear Prime Minister, Remember the nineties? And Arjun and the eye of the fish?
13.08.16 - preet k s bedi

Till the eighties, terms like GDP and growth rate were for pink papers, deficit was a meaningless concept as the government could always print more money and job creation meant the government hiring more people. With low growth, high inflation and no job creation, we ...

Stand Up India, after Swachh Bharat, Make in India, Digital India. Who is accountable?
22.04.16 - preet k s bedi

Even his worst critics will not accuse Modi of not having tried hard; some say he works for over 18 hours a day. And yet, from the aam aadmi to the captains of industry, most are dissatisfied with the quality and speed of change. While ...

India’s finest legislation. Aborted by the political class and bureaucracy out of fear. And by you and me out of apathy
06.04.16 - preet k s bedi

1984 Delhi, 2733 dead. Only 49 convicted for murder/  2002 Gujarat, 1260 dead.  Only 225 convictions/  2013 Muzaffarnagar, 63 dead. All five judgments so far resulted in acquittal./ 2016 Haryana, 28 dead. Reports suggest police is unable to find witnesses willing to testify against their ...

BJP Got It Wrong on ‘Bharat Mata’ Issue : Experts

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assertion at the national executive meet of the Bharatiya Janata Party that all leaders should only focus on and speak about issues of "vikas, vikas and vikas” (development, development and development) appears to have been nullified by the political resolution of ...

Trump, Modi, Trudeau, Kejriwal, Bernie Sanders, Jeremy Corbyn. Weird combo? Yes, but there’s a message.
02.03.16 - preet k s bedi

Arvind Kejriwal, Narendra Modi, Justin Trudeau, Jeremy Corbyn, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders. Is there a message?
Whether it is Arvind Kejriwal, unafraid to sit on a dharna even as a Chief minister or Justin Trudeau who has redefined the liberal left as never before or Jeremy ...

Paranoid Nationalism Doesn’t Make Us Secure: Admiral Ramdas
27.02.16 - admiral l. ramdas, Former Chief of Naval Staff, INDIA.

I have been a proud member of the uniformed fraternity for nearly forty five years before retiring as Head of the Indian Navy in 1993. The present turbulence in our top academic institutions together with continuing manifestations of mob violence, totalitarian behaviour and intolerance, impel ...

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