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Welcome to 1947. Happy Independence Day. Would you like to step out?
13.08.18 - S Pal

WE LIVE IN 1947. It is midnight. A job is being done. An agenda is being implemented. We will see the morning only when the task is accomplished. Millions crossed the Radcliffe line; others are still being told to go. In 1947, the announcements were ...
  


Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman election: NDA wins, Akali Dal loses
BINA SHART SHARTIYA SIYASI ILLAAJ
09.08.18 - S Pal

IN THE ELECTION of the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman on Thursday, the Akali Dal of Sukhbir Singh Badal lost rather badly, without even a consolation prize. That's the political result of the joust.

As for the electoral joust, Harivansh Narayan Singh of the Janata Dal (United) ...
  


Mr SY Quraishi, can you please help to save this pet dog locked inside this sealed building?
THE GOOD BOY CERTIFICATE FOR PAK'S ELECTION COMMISSION
02.08.18 - S Pal

IF ONLY RAHUL GANDHI had said it, or even a Manish Tiwari, all hell would have broken loose, and Amit Shah would have declared on the floor of the Rajya Sabha that the man advocating the cause of the Pakistan Army and the Pakistan Election ...
  


Democracy: From Jantar Mantar to Matka Chowk, march with the help of Supreme Court
26.07.18 - S Pal

Editors may not come to the chowk, but sons and daughters of Mother India must
 
IS DEMOCRACY BACK at the chowk? Sample this: It took a strong people's movement extending over years, massive public opinion mobilisation, the legacy of Chipko agitation and tireless efforts of civil ...
  


Amarinder first to talk about AAP-Congress alliance, but what could it mean?
STRANGE BEDFELLOWS PLANNING HONEYMOON?
23.07.18 - S Pal*

MAKING THE MOST definitive statement till date about his party's stance towards the Aam Aadmi Party, Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has made it clear that the Congress is open to a pre-poll alliance with the AAP.

"Building alliances is the prerogative of the central ...
  


CHIDAMBARAM IS WRONG – The cry of Sushma Swaraj and the silence of Rajnath Singh
THE RAM MADHAV LESSON IN POLITICS
08.07.18 - S Pal

"Not one fellow minister or (BJP) party functionary" condemned the trolls hounding Union Minister Sushma Swaraj, claimed former Union Finance Minister and one of the sharpest critics of the Modi government, P Chidambaram of the Congress.

He is wrong. 

BJP's Ram Madhav, a man with a direct ...
  


Amarinder a little less Congressy, Akali Dal a little more saffron
WOOING THE PANTH
05.07.18 - kanwar manjit singh

PIARA SINGH WAS a little, chubby kid, studying in Class 2. His father Dilbagh Singh was a religious man. On that hot day in June, he was at Sri Harimandir Sahib to observe the martyrdom day of the Fifth Sikh Master. A grenade lobbed by ...
  


Who pays for that English muffin? The Tribune and Narendra Modi now share a man in Kashmir
ETHICS OF JOURNALISM & CONFLICT OF INTEREST
20.06.18 - kanwar manjit singh

SLOAN SABBITH, the financial journalist in Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom meets up with a corporate honcho at a sidewalk cafe for breakfast and pow-wow but insists on paying for her own muffin. Her reason? She reports on these corporates, and can't allow a billionaire to ...
  


Non-BJP CMs Hold a Message for 2019 Polls
A POLITICAL STORM BREWING
18.06.18 - VIPIN PUBBY*

THE CONSTITUTIONAL CRISIS in the wake of dharna by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his senior ministers inside the Delhi Raj Niwas, and the support lent by four non-BJP and non-Congress chief ministers, led to an unprecedented situation and is a significant turn on ...
  


“Congress Sikhan Di Dushman Jamaat Hai?” —Akalis need to dump broken record, shift gears
BROKEN RECORD
10.06.18 - kanwar manjit singh

YET ANOTHER ANNIVERSARY of Operation Bluestar came and went by. And yet another occasion for the Badals-led Shiromani Akali Dal to paint the Congress as "Sikhan Di Dushman Jamaat" will come up very soon. 

The panchayat elections are not very far away, and the anniversary of ...
  


“Captain Amarinder Singh ji” and “Rahul”: Reading Sign Language In A Relationship
AAGE, AAGE DEKHIYE, HOTA HAI KYA, GURU!
26.05.18 - S Pal

ON WEDNESDAY, May 23, HD Kumaraswamy finally took the oath as the Chief Minister of Karnataka, and the resultant pictures jolted India's polity. Sonia Gandhi stood next to Mayawati, Sharad Pawar on the other side, Akhilesh Yadav beaming, Sitaram Yechury in a crisp kurta, Ajit ...
  


Jinnah today, Nehru tomorrow
12.05.18 - Jawed Naqvi

YOU COULD HAVE spotted, as I did, Mohammad Ali Jinnah in an official portrait at the Indian Muslim League’s headquarters in Kerala in the 1990s. I’m not sure if the picture is still around after the party split down the middle, subsequently. Asked to comment ...
  


Sohrabuddin Encounter Case: Time To Bring Focus Back On
MATTER OF JUSTICE
06.05.18 - VIPIN PUBBY*

WHILE THE HIGHEST court of the country has ruled out any foul play in the death in 2014 of CBI judge BH Loya, who was hearing the high-profile case of alleged false encounter of suspected terrorist Sohrabuddin Shaikh, the suspicion lurking over the circumstances leading ...
  


The reality is that war-making is a profitable enterprise
AFRAID OF PEACE?
05.05.18 - AASIM SAJJAD AKHTAR

THIS PAST TUESDAY was the International Day of Workers, an occasion for labour movements and leftists the world over to recall the day in 1886 when unarmed labourers, carrying white flags symbolising peace, protested against appalling working conditions in the American city of Chicago. Authorities ...
  


The Comrade In Punjab - Lost, Irrelevant, Asleep, Even Bored!
INQUILAB ZINDABAD. YES, BUT HOW?
03.05.18 - KAMJAAT SINGH

 Sitaram Yechury at Punjab State Congress of CPI(M) on April 10, 2018 at Mahilpur (Hoshiarpur).
 
AT A TIME when Punjab is in the throes of a massive social upheaval and there is a complete disconnect between its farmers, farm labourers and those dependent on rural economy ...
  


WE MISSED A REVOLUTION, BUT CAN IT STILL BE A GAME CHANGER?
25 YEARS OF PANCHAYAT RAJ ACT
23.04.18 - Dr. Pyara Lal Garg

TIME MOVES ON, uninterrupted, unaffected by the happenings around. Days, months and years pass by. Just as this 24th day of April, too, will become yesterday in 24 hours. It happens every year.  Why then is it so special this time for the common rural ...
  


RAPE CULTURE: Only a detailed diagnosis will help to treat the disease
OUTRAGE & CONCRETE ACTION FOR REFORM
21.04.18 - AGAYATIKA DEB

A FEMALE FRIEND, who has been practising as a gynecological surgeon for nearly 40 years in India and abroad has been following the recent revival of outrage against what has begun to be called the rape culture of India, asks, almost in despair: 

The news from ...
  


US computer scientists expose EVM manipulation techniques
The Myth of the Hacker-Proof Voting Machine
21.04.18 - Mala Jay

ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES (EVMs) can indeed be rigged. Contrary to the Election Commission of India’s stonewalling and denials, new research and experiments by American computer scientists have established that electronic voting systems can be manipulated in a variety of ways.

Some of the new evidence has ...
  


Role Reversal: BJP backs corrupt while Cong hits it on Hindutva
09.04.18 - VIPIN PUBBY

THE ENSUING ASSEMBLY elections in the Congress-ruled Karnataka are obviously critical for both the Congress and the BJP during the run up to the general elections but their desperation to win the elections, the two main rivals are taking extreme steps which have dangerous portents ...
  


Kejriwal fails to draw lessons; gets a rap
23.03.18 - VIPIN PUBBY*

IT WAS JUST a year ago that the Aam Aadmi Party was making a serious bid to wrest power in Punjab and use it as a stepping stone for providing a national alternative to the Bharatiya Janata Party. It had to settle for the role ...
  



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