Democracy is an Empty Ritual in Punjab
09.04.18 - Amandeep Sandhu

WHEN I WAS a kid in the 1970s, growing up in an eastern Indian steel town, my father and I had a ritual. Every evening at 8 pm, father and I would sit in our veranda and I could ask him any question. Father would ...

Farmers March: Next Destination Punjab Assembly?
12.03.18 - Amandeep Sandhu

MY SOCIAL MEDIA TIMELINE is full with pictures of the farmer march into Mumbai. 30,000 farmers have braved a five day walk and given the ongoing SSC exams have decided to reach Azad Maidan tonight itself. The farmers in Maharashtra demand debt waiver. While on ...

Mr. Ujjal, will you throw some light on this, too?
Jaspal Atwal controversy
22.02.18 - Amandeep Sandhu

THE KHALISTANI ANGLE to the relations between India and Canada has hogged the news headlines all through the past week. Finally on Wednesday there was some thaw and the Panjab Chief Minister met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and team including Defence Minister Harjit Singh ...

Punjab Today impact: 'MIS-REPORTING PUNJAB'
21.02.18 - Team PT

Just today Punjab has extended a warm welcome to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his team of Ministers arriving at Darbar Sahib, Amritsar. The CM Punjab had a one-on-one meeting with the Canadian Prime Minister and then with his Ministers.
As a curtan raiser, ...

Breaking News – It rained last night. He heard, and wrote this.
12.12.17 -

It rained last night. 
The weather turned.
The nip was now a chill.
The wheat stalks seemed to be smiling.
Sweaters needed a cover, so out came the jackets.

But then rain touches many raw nerves in us. To some, it brings back memories of a particularly fateful day. To ...

The good people of internet raised Rs 25 lakh in one day to save a Cancer patient
18.11.17 - TEAM PT

THE POWER OF good Samaritans in the virtual world has reinstated our faith in humanity yet again. On November 15, the Humans of Bombay Facebook page profiled a cancer patient from Gujarat who had moved to Mumbai to attend college. Soon, Rushi discovered he had an ...

It's time to vote for some noise pollution
Jantar Mantar, via Matka Chowk
31.10.17 - S. PAL

JANTAR MANTAR is one observatory, slightly less than 300 years old, where you can compile some of the most complex astronomical tables, and predict the times and movements of the sun, moon and planets. Right outside the observatory, without ever wreaking any damage to it ...

A Sikh Perspective on Today’s India
24.09.17 - sanehead

A YOUNG SIKH boy is killed in Delhi for opposing smoking in public, which is in any case against the law.

An innocent young Sikh girl is killed in a skirmish between security forces and militants in Tral in Southern Kashmir.
A Sikh NGO Khalsa Aid serving ...

Abey Tu Bahar Nikal, Chowk Mein Aa
sukhpreet, najeeb, gauri lankesh...

The 10-yard-radius protest

In the bustling plaza of Sector 17, Chandigarh where the soul of Corbusier still hangs around in the corridors, few discount sales shoppers pay attention to this bunch. It is a motley bunch I have been watching for years now. A ...

The Sabh Ton Khatarnaak Punjabi Alive
21.08.17 - sumail singh sidhu

"You need to find it in your heart that small spark of accountability...You poke that finger at yourself like Heather would have done, and you make it happen. You take that extra step. You find a way to make a difference in the world." -- ...

The WhatsApp Silence……

First guests of the monsoon and here we welcomed a bunch of oldies whom we recognize as dad’s chuddy buddies. We are finely acquainted with these faces for we have often seen the group titling, jiggling and even bursting into laughter at weddings, Bhog ceremonies ...

PUNJAB: An Idea In Search Of Words

AMIDST THE cacophony of competing claims to speak on behalf of Punjab, any sincere claim to do so is necessarily a fraught one. Leaving aside the truth of the claim, it has to contend with a land almost blinded by the instant solutions syndrome, whether ...

Want to save your house? Fight for the entire town's Fire Brigade system
04.08.17 - PT Bureau

NDTV'S Ravish Kumar spoke to Devy yesterday; Arnab Goswami, it's your turn today to save the Republic. Tomorrow, lovers of Punjabi can sit on a dharna.
But it is alright if you missed it. Devy was yesterday at the India International Centre where 11 volumes of ...

Happy Canada 150!
"land of opportunities"
01.07.17 - Sanjeev Ahluwalia

Some decisions one makes in life are bereft of a sane logic. In fact they defy the rationales of wisdom, especially from the angle of practicality. One such crucial decision that I had made almost 18 years ago was to immigrate to Canada and explore ...

28.06.17 - shams kabir

Born to an army officer, and living the 71 war at Udhampur as a 4 year old, very close to the action - means one cut one's teeth on patriotism. I always thought I could kill for my country. I still think I can. I ...

14.06.17 - amita paul

Dear Fellow Human Beings on Planet Earth,
This is just a small but grim reminder to you that Human Civilization is but a thin veneer on the genus Homo Species Homo Sapiens , and that Savage Chaos is our original state, to which we can relapse ...

PAY ATTENTION or someone will offer you a bit of water
13.06.17 - kanwar manjit singh

We have always had the world, and we have always had the environment. We have had them every single day of our existence on this planet. So, then, why have a World Environment Day? Because we may not have the world, and the environment one ...

Sikhs, Christians should speak up against Hindutva mobs before it’s too late
29.04.17 - Sunny Hundal*

As right wing forces flex their Hindutva muscles and use them against Muslims across the country, Sikhs and Christians will be watching in worry. But the time for them to speak out is now, not when the mob comes for them. By then it will ...

Assessing Rajiv
16.06.16 - PREET K S BEDI

For those of us who lived through the period, Rajiv after Indira Gandhi was like passing out from a dark dreary tunnel into sunshine. After 18 years of his mother’s efforts to block out the world, Rajiv did just the opposite. He wanted India and ...

A formidable journalist, India has lost its most outstanding chronicler
13.06.16 - By H K Dua

As a young man of 17, Inder Malhotra was there somewhere in the multitudes of people who went up Raisina Hill to watch the birth of free India at the stroke of midnight of August 14-15, 1947.
From then, the careers of both India as a ...

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