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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 ...
  


Trudeau now jumping through hoops on conspiracy talk but Amarinder’s Quebec reference may weaken New Delhi’s case
NEW DELHI V/s OTTAWA — WILL QUEBEC DEFEAT INDIA?
01.03.18 - S Pal

WHILE PUNJAB's AMARINDER SINGH government remains tight lipped over its claims that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau trashed Quebec's independence movement, New Delhi was quick to rebut the line pushed by a top Canadian official that certain "rogue political elements in India may have orchestrated ...
  


Three years on, PDP-BJP alliance sailing smooth; Ram Madhav makes room for Mehbooba’s domestic constituency
J&K – RAM MADHAV LEAVES SPACE FOR MEHBOOBA’S POLITICS
25.02.18 - S Pal & Nischay Pal*

AT A TIME when the BJP and the PDP are taking diametrically opposite positions on some of the most crucial questions and issues faced by Jammu and Kashmir, the BJP today committed itself again to the alliance, calling it smooth.

"(I)n spite of (all the) ideological ...
  


A visit that helped Amarinder complete a journey
Deconstructing Trudeau in Punjab
23.02.18 - S Pal

PUNJAB CHIEF MINISTER Amarinder Singh finally did throw a spanner in Canadian Premier Justin Trudeau's India visit plans, and while he did meet the dignitary, the Congress leader emerged as a strong nationalist voice dedicated to the territorial integrity of India, ready to wrestle anyone ...
  


Readying a saffron generation
BREAD & CIRCUSES
20.02.18 - Latha Jishnu

BREAD and circuses kept the people happy and distracted in the twilight of the Roman Republic just before the rise of the Roman Empire. Satirist Juvenal called it the panem et circenses (bread and circuses) way of governance: providing cheap wheat while mounting costly shows ...
  


Flattening Democracy In The Name of Good Governance
ONE NATION, ONE POLL
12.02.18 - Vipin Pubby

STATE ASSEMBLY ELECTIONS are due in five states this year, in double that number of states besides the Lok Sabha elections next year, in three states during 2020 and in six states the following year. There has been no year in the recent past when ...
  


Today, in a few hours, perhaps in the afternoon, the society will change. Therefore, I apologise!
04.02.18 - S Pal

(I have a very repetitive news writing style on Mondays. Please bear with me. – Author)
 
THIS IS HOW a society sets up a system of justice dispensation, punitive norms, acceptable behaviour and a bar of forgiveness. Once the citizenry accepts that system collectively, it starts ...
  


Latest Imbroglio in Delhi: An AAP failure will be bad news for India's popular grassroot  movements
27.01.18 - VIPIN PUBBY

In 1985 a remarkable political development took place in Assam. Riding on the wave of huge public support, young leaders of All Assam Students Union formed a political party called Asom Gana Parishad and stormed to power in the state. It was the first such ...
  



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