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Questions Galore: A police raid on a drug peddler, and our role in bloodshed
"Notorious Drug Peddler Kinda"
11.10.19 - S Pal

"Yaar, samajh nahi aunda police di support kariye ke lokan di? Police utte hamle vee galat hun, par police ne vee treeka theek nahi apnaiya."

On a number of social media platforms, including WhatsApp groups and Facebook pages, several well-meaning activists and concerned citizens, taken aback ...
  


Voices of dissent under attack in India
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION
10.10.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

Right to free speech is one of our most important fundamental rights and we are justifiably proud of it. An independent media is a corollary of this fundamental right even though there is no separate provision for freedom of the press.

Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi ...
  


How would have Mahatma Gandhi reacted?
FATHER OF NATION VS FATHER OF INDIA
04.10.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

United States president Donald Trump recently shocked everyone by calling prime minister Narendra Modi as Father of India. Trump can be pardoned for his poor knowledge of the history of India and the role of Mahatma Gandhi in the freedom struggle which earned him the ...
  


KASHMIR — Human beings, citizens, people or Homo Sacers Living A Bare Life?
UNDERSTANDING WHY IT IS DONE?
18.09.19 - Swarajbir

A recent article by Dr Swarajbir, Editor, Punjabi Tribune, and one of the leading influential voices of our times in this region, has caught the imagination of the larger intellectual world. A number of our readers who have an equal felicity with the English language ...
  


Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere
WHY THE OUTCOME OF THE LYNCHING CASE MUST CONCERN US ALL
14.09.19 - HARSH MANDER

 
Freedom is indivisible. "The chains on any one of my people,” Nelson Mandela reminded us, "were the chains on all of them, the chains on all of my people were the chains on me.”

There are many things that trouble me about India today. One is ...
  


A Gateway to Friendship Must Stay Open
07.09.19 - Saba Pervaiz Kiyani

Through time and through histories, when a legend of love erupts, tales or emotions make it clear that those is love usually disregard religious and social restrictions. When these tales fail, the lovers abandon their amorous intentions because of religious and social pressures. When these ...
  


Saving lives more important through stiff measures than stray cases of corruption
INCREASED TRAFFIC FINES
06.09.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

India is among the leading countries as far as the number of road accidents and deaths are concerned. About 1.50 lakh lives are lost every year in the country in road accidents. In other words one road accident takes place every minute and one person ...
  


A long due and welcome step
APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF
22.08.19 - VIPIN PUBBY

The announcement by prime minister Narendra Modi that the country would have a Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) is a long due and welcome step. This had been the need of defence forces since long and is in keeping with the requirements of modern warfare.

Most ...
  


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 ...
  



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