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Are you ready to count the corpses of Panjab?
Exclusive Excerpt - 'Panjab: Journeys Through Fault Lines'
19.10.19 - AMANDEEP SANDHU

‘If you want to understand Panjab, be ready to count its corpses,’ said the photographer as he reached for the drawer in his desk. On that spring afternoon, Satpal Danish and I had met at his shop in the Brahm Buta Akhara, near the Guru ...
  


Bonhomie between a Muslim Nawab and Kashmiri Pandit diwan
19.10.19 - Justice Markandey Katju

Pt Tribhuwan Nath Katju was my great grandfather (father of my grandfather Dr KN Katju, former Union Home and Law Minister, Governor of West Bengal and Odisha, and CM of MP). The story of the relation between him and the then Nawab of the Indian ...
  


Rajeev Dhavan, the Atticus Finch of Our Times
16.10.19 - Justice Markandey Katju

Senior advocate at the Supreme Court of India, Rajeev Dhavan reminds me of Atticus Finch, the courageous lawyer in Harper Lee’s famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird – based on the actual Scottsboro case – who bravely defended a black man who was falsely accused ...
  


Revolution and Introspection: Could it be hubris that is distorting your vision?
A CORRESPONDENCE WITH AN EX IAS OFFICER
13.10.19 - Justice Markandey Katju

A contemporary of mine in the Allahabad University, where I had studied from 1963-67, who is a retired IAS officer, recently sent me this email :

Markandey

I have always admired you for your blog Satyam Bruyat. But when the entire world seems to disagree with you, ...
  


Hello, Is There Anybody Out There?
Diary of a Lock-down
02.10.19 - AMANDEEP SANDHU

Introduction: On October 2, 2019 it was the 58th day of the Kashmir lock-down. Of Kashmir's people denied of basic amenities, food and essential medicines, and modes of communication and information with each other and with the world at large. For the last fifty-eight days, ...
  


Partition was a historical British swindle on basis of bogus two nation theory
A FB chat with a Pakistani
28.09.19 - Justice Markandey Katju

A Pakistani lady, Ayesha Tariq, who is an Asst Prof of English Literature in a College in Lahore sent me a Facebook message today, which started a Fb chat given below:

Ayesha Tariq:  Sir, this is the comment i read by some Indian named Vijay Sinha ...
  


Following the Pied Piper of to their doom!
HOWDY, MODI!
25.09.19 - Justice Markandey Katju

It was a dictum of the Nazi Propaganda Minister Dr. Goebbels that the bigger the lie, the more easily it will be swallowed.

To say everything is fine in India ( and that too in several languages ), when the Indian economy is sinking, with steep ...
  


Kashmir, the long walk home
22.09.19 - Jang-Vijay Singh

During this three-decade long conflict in Kashmir, many left Kashmir and moved on. I have often wondered, if after the loss, the pain, and longing, anyone ever had some sense of closure with just "moving on". My family also left Kashmir, with them first and ...
  


A sensitive intergenerational story of traumatic events in Punjab’s history
‘THE RADIANCE OF A THOUSAND SUNS’
09.09.19 - AMANDEEP SANDHU

Manreet Sodhi Someshwar’s epic novel scores in bringing together narratives centred on Punjab that until now have almost always been viewed in isolation. This story about Bibi-ji, Nooran, Jyot and Niki travels across four countries and two continents as Sodhi weaves a rich tapestry of ...
  


Please mourn the man I believe Arun Jaitley was
OBITUARY
24.08.19 - kanwar manjit singh

ARUN JAITLEY died in pain, and it had nothing to do with the soft tissue cancer or renal troubles. Those were battles that he faced with fortitude. He would have been at peace if he had seen the people of Kashmir singing Ladishah songs or ...
  


A senior psychiatrist questions IPA denial of Lancet concern over Kashmir's mental health issues
CALLING A BLUFF
20.08.19 - BY DR ANIRUDH KALA

Three days back the international magazine Lancet wrote an editorial raising alarm on the affect of abrogation of Article 370 and 35A and the heavy deployment of armed forces in Kashmir. 

In response, the current President of the Indian Psychiatric Association Dr Mrugesh Vaishnav has sent ...
  


The unseen community: A brief history of Sikhs in Jammu and Kashmir
LIVING ON THE EDGE
19.08.19 - KOMAL JB SINGH

KASHMIR IS BACK in the news. This time it is about the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A. There is a constant debate on TV channels on social media and in the news. Everyone is jumping in, mostly driven by a sense of nationalism. The ...
  


Me and Rahul Gandhi: Where's the Party? I Want to Lose Control.
SHARING A PAGE FROM MY DIARY
11.08.19 - Diary of a Ludhiana'ite


EVERY MORNING, I invariably switch on the TV for a few minutes but keep it on the mute mode, just to make sure no one has demonetised the couple hundred bucks in my left pocket or thrown into the dust bin Part 3 of the ...
  


How a Kashmiri Pandit rants about Kashmiriyat?
AFTER THE ABOLITION OF 370 & 35A
08.08.19 - ARUN KAUL

5 Aug 2019 will mark the end of "Kashmiriyat". I am living in Sydney and I am very happy where I am. Being a Kashmiri Pandit I have a say in the matter. It will be a long rant from me but I guess I ...
  


On lumpen India's lust for Gori Chitti Kashmiri girls
07.08.19 - AMANDEEP SANDHU

Central Krakow is one the prettiest towns in Central Europe. Not only was it the ancient capital of Poland on the trade route, it was also a centre of learning and culture. It houses Sukiennice - Cloth Hall, arguably the first Mall in the world, ...
  


Minutes of the House
05.08.19 - AMANDEEP SANDHU

About two weeks back, when there was a crises of government in Karnataka, one of those four days, then Speaker Ramesh Kumar literally lashed out at all - Congress, JD (S), BJP and independents.

He said, I paraphrase: ever since I became a Speaker, I removed ...
  


Caste and other demons; Can Dalits rightfully claim that they have a ‘homeland’?
The Doctor and The Saint
24.06.19 - Subhash Gatade

"Gandhiji, I have no homeland.” The first meeting between Gandhi and B. R. Ambedkar, who later became chairman of the drafting committee of independent India’s Constitution and its first law minister, is memorialized in this sentence. It expresses the centuries-old plight of those most oppressed ...
  


Machismo in Punjab
13.06.19 - Ramjot Sodhi

Punjab as a society is popular for its dances, songs, bravery, generosity and loudness. To understand Punjab, one has to look at it in the light of the centuries of wars and battles at this "Gateway to India". This history has fuelled the idea that ...
  


Should film actors join politics: The Urmila Matondkar-Sunny Deol Yardstick
NALKA IN POLITICS
02.05.19 - S Pal

"Navjot Sidhu was also just a cricketer and a comedian. And Bhagwant Mann or Gurpreet Ghuggi were just stand up comics on middling Punjabi television shows, sometimes starring in low-budget shoddily-written Punjabi movies. If people accepted them in politics, what is wrong with Sunny Deol? ...
  


Need for mending ties with the Sikh Diaspora
26.04.19 - Tridivesh Singh Maini

In November 2019, Sikhs world over will commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of the founder of their faith, Guru Nanak Dev. The first Guru was not just a social reformer, crusader and poet, but also a traveler as is clearly evident from the distance travelled ...
  



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