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It is more good than bad for the Congress
SONIA GANDHI RETURNS TO LEAD
14.08.19 - Pushkar Banakar

It is more good than bad for the Congress with Sonia Gandhi coming back at the helm of party affairs. Her appointment was pivotal at this juncture to unify the party. With some big names including the likes of Karan Singh, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Milind Deora, ...
  


This year too the Chinar will turn Red
PUNJAB & KASHMIR - PAST & PRESENT
13.08.19 - Saba Pervaiz Kiyani

AFTER THE PARTITION of India and Pakistan, the unresolved fate of princely state of Jammu and Kashmir aggravated the situation between the two nations, and they went into an undeclared war with each other. After India took the case to the United Nations, the international ...
  


6 things Pakistan and India can do instead of fighting
BULLETS CAN'T BRING PEACE
01.08.19 - Talha Ahmed

They live side-by-side. They started off their journey together. They share history and in some instances much the same culture. They know it and the world knows all the good that they can do so simply by standing together.

Still, it appears that Pakistan and India ...
  


That is the way to exit...
AND THE GAME IS OVER
20.07.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

Cricketer turned politician Navjot Sidhu, who has a knack to remain in the headlines, appears to have cut more than he could chew in his latest spat with chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh.

By remaining adamant on not taking charge of his new portfolio as Power ...
  


Karnataka in Punjab — How Speaker Rana KP Singh is in no hurry to take a decision on resignations of MLAs
KARNATAK NATAK IN PUNJAB
18.07.19 - kanwar manjit singh

As shenanigans in the Karnataka Assembly are exploding on the national political scene, a similar drama in Punjab has gone either largely unreported or shockingly under-reported. Several Punjab MLAs have resigned from the Assembly and some had even quit the political party on whose ticket ...
  


Rahul Gandhi’s big favour to Congress but do the Congressis realise it?
13.07.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

The Grand Old Party of India, the Congress, is battling one of its worst crisis. The humiliating defeat of the party at the hands of Bharatiya Janata Party led by Narendra Modi in the recent Lok Sabha elections has further demoralised the party.

The singular good ...
  


Is it time to write off the left?
The moribund left
06.07.19 - Irfan Husain

PEOPLE who vote against their economic self-interest are a bit like sheep queuing up for a visit to the slaughterhouse.

And yet this is what is happening around the world: voters are electing right-wing, populist leaders who cut taxes on the rich, slash subsidies, and impose ...
  


Can India do with just one poll?
ONE NATION ONE ELECTION
29.06.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

Prime minister Narendra Modi’s declaration that his government would set up a committee to examine and give recommendations on one-nation-one-election proposal has led to a debate with Congress and some other major opposition parties opposing the proposal straight away. The issue needs to be debated ...
  


Punjab needs an Accountability Commission to stem systemic governance decay
26.06.19 - Bir Devinder Singh*

WITH THE institution of Lok Pal becoming defunct and the State Vigilance Bureau reduced to serve the political interests of the man at the helm, the entire accountability architecture in Punjab lies in a shambles. The daily news about vigilance sleuths catching petty officials pocketing ...
  


In People Perception, When Gods Become Satans?
HEALERS OR PREDATORS?
22.06.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

IT TOOK SEVEN days for the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee to do what she should have done on the first or second day of the incident in which a junior doctor was attacked by the relatives of a patient who died while being ...
  


SPORTS & POLITICS: HAND IN GLOVE — MS Dhoni’s Olive Green Balidan Gloves and the Black Gloves of Smith & Carlos
THE GLOVE COMPARTMENT
12.06.19 - S Pal

INDIA'S STAR cricketer MS Dhoni found a smart short-cut to become the country's chest-thumping nationalist hero by displaying on his wicketkeeping glove the emblem of the army's Paratrooper regiment during the match.

Media cameras paid special attention to the "Balidaan" logo, every nationalist and dyed-in-saffron television ...
  


The Voters' Psychology
DECONSTRUCTING MODI – KITNA MAZBOOT?
24.05.19 - Swarajbir

Note — As India is in the throes of the narrative about a Mazboot Neta/Mazboot Sarkar, here is a piece by Swarajbir, Punjab’s foremost playwright and poet, and also the editor of Punjabi Tribune, on the psychology that goes into the election of a leader ...
  


Dark clouds over the constitutional institutions
TRANSPARENCY AND OPACITY
23.05.19 - Vipin Pubby

IN AN AGE of information explosion and demand for transparency in the functioning of various institutions, the country is seeing an increasing trend where attempts are being made by these institutions to put a lid over their functioning. Of course governments always like to restrict ...
  


What will be the outcome?
GENERAL ELECTIONS 2019
16.05.19 - Vipin Pubby

WITH THE OUTCOME of the general elections just a week away, and voting to be completed in just 59 seats, all eyes are on the performances of various parties and formation of the new government.

It has been a long and hard fought elections with political ...
  


Why is Modi getting so insecure?
ELECTION ISSUES BEING DEBATED NOW
09.05.19 - Vipin Pubby

EVEN AS WE are in the middle of the election campaign for the Lok Sabha elections, one aspect that stands out starkly is the issues that are being talked about to influence the voters.

None of the major political parties are focusing on the real issues ...
  


What happened in that room? Cast your vote.
THE QUESTION SUPREME
08.05.19 -

Your politician is not talking about it, even when he is talking incessantly about issues that matter to you. But why are you silent? 

S Pal 
 
A WOMAN EMPLOYEE of the Supreme Court, who was in direct touch with the Chief Justice of India, thanks to her ...
  


If Modi is defeated, what happens next?
07.05.19 - Jawed Naqvi

IT IS DISTINCTLY possible that Narendra Modi won’t be the next prime minister, and Rahul Gandhi is not the only one saying that. Of course, there are two more suspenseful laps to go before the May 23 results come in.

As Rahul and others have guessed, ...
  


Congress bent upon scoring self goals
LOSING THE PERCEPTION GAME
01.05.19 - Vipin Pubby

THE CONGRESS, which has ruled the country for nearly 60 years of its independence, appears to be suffering from a death wish. The way the party had been scoring self goals in the recent past may be sounding music for the BJP but would be ...
  


Now, Judiciary must follow the rule of law and proper procedures
CJI GOGOI SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASE
26.04.19 - Vipin Pubby

FOR THE SECOND TIME within a year, the highest court of the land has come under a cloud of controversy. Both the incidents have been unprecedented and have brought the functioning of one of the three pillars of democracy under a close lens.

The current Chief ...
  


Was Election Commission waiting for a reprimand from Supreme Court?
LOK SABHA ELECTIONS 2019
19.04.19 - Vipin Pubby


HAVING CLOSELY watched and covered elections for the last forty years I can safely say that the ensuing Lok Sabha elections are proving to be most bitter and have brought down the electioneering debate standards to a new low.

There have always been exceptions in the ...
  



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