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The Beginning Of The End (Part IV)
04.04.17 06:23 as Politics - observer with opinion

Epiphany.

"That blessed mood
In which the burthen of the mystery
In which the heavy and the weary weight
Of all this unintelligible world
Is lightened....
While with an eye made quiet by the power
Of harmony, and the deep power of joy,
We see into into the life of things"
(Wordsworth, Tintern Abbey,1798)

Strange ...
  


The Beginning Of The End (Part III)
03.04.17 23:49 as Politics - observer with opinion

Let us observe closely the nature of some of the cracks in the RSS-BJP edifice that an overload of political success has ironically brought out into the open if only we care to see them.

Now, here's the rub in the game of one-upmanship between Modi ...
  


The Beginning Of The End (Part II)
03.04.17 06:48 as Politics - observer with opinion

A discerning observer might have quoted Tennyson there and then to say:

"It is the little rift within the lute
That by and by will make the music mute
And ever widening , slowly silence  all "
(Idylls of the King)

For those who have doubts about the tacit RSS ...
  


The Beginning Of The End
03.04.17 00:43 as Politics - observer with opinion

" In my beginning is my end"
.....
" In my end is my beginning "
(TS Eliot, The Four Quartets, East Coker)

The ominous auguries of the inevitable beginning of a long drawn out and predictably painful end of the Modi-Shah dominated Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) era of ...
  


Beacons No Red Flag For VIP Culture
28.03.17 09:01 as Politics - harcharan bains*

I am opposed to the importance being attached to red beacons atop official vehicles. This is nothing but tokenism. It makes no difference to the VIP mindset whether or not his vehicle carries a red light atop or not. One of the arguments advanced in ...
  


CAPTAIN ON COURSE, BUT…
25.03.17 08:23 as Politics - By Harcharan Bains*

The latest Punjab Assembly election earlier this year was perhaps the most significant election since the formation of the Punjabi Suba, or post-reorganisation Punjab. Punjab went through a phase of extreme angst and pain for which the government and the opposition were both equally to ...
  


YUG-YUGAANTAR (Tales of Times Past, Present and Future)
23.03.17 00:19 as Politics - Observer with an Opinion

NATH JOGIS in Punjab are most often seen wandering in the form of Snake Charmers. Baba Gorakhnath ( literally, the Holy Man incharge of Protecting Cows) the Patron Saint of the erstwhile Hindu Kingdom of Nepal, and the Gorkhas, is fabled to have kept dark ...
  


Game of Manifestos: Election is coming
31.01.17 18:37 as Politics - Mandeep Singh

These days, end of season sale is everywhere but one can find the promises of distributing more "free” items in the manifestos of the three major parties, released last week contesting in the coming Punjab elections. While on 4th February, people of Punjab will cast ...
  


Dear Prime Minister, Remember the nineties? And Arjun and the eye of the fish?
13.08.16 21:46 as Politics - preet k s bedi

Till the eighties, terms like GDP and growth rate were for pink papers, deficit was a meaningless concept as the government could always print more money and job creation meant the government hiring more people. With low growth, high inflation and no job creation, we ...
  


Stand Up India, after Swachh Bharat, Make in India, Digital India. Who is accountable?
22.04.16 00:49 as Politics - preet k s bedi

Even his worst critics will not accuse Modi of not having tried hard; some say he works for over 18 hours a day. And yet, from the aam aadmi to the captains of industry, most are dissatisfied with the quality and speed of change. While ...
  


India’s finest legislation. Aborted by the political class and bureaucracy out of fear. And by you and me out of apathy
06.04.16 01:49 as Politics - preet k s bedi

1984 Delhi, 2733 dead. Only 49 convicted for murder/  2002 Gujarat, 1260 dead.  Only 225 convictions/  2013 Muzaffarnagar, 63 dead. All five judgments so far resulted in acquittal./ 2016 Haryana, 28 dead. Reports suggest police is unable to find witnesses willing to testify against their ...
  


BJP Got It Wrong on ‘Bharat Mata’ Issue : Experts
26.03.16 08:00 as Politics - BY GAURAV VIVEK BHATNAGAR

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assertion at the national executive meet of the Bharatiya Janata Party that all leaders should only focus on and speak about issues of "vikas, vikas and vikas” (development, development and development) appears to have been nullified by the political resolution of ...
  


Trump, Modi, Trudeau, Kejriwal, Bernie Sanders, Jeremy Corbyn. Weird combo? Yes, but there’s a message.
02.03.16 06:05 as Politics - preet k s bedi

Arvind Kejriwal, Narendra Modi, Justin Trudeau, Jeremy Corbyn, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders. Is there a message?
 
Whether it is Arvind Kejriwal, unafraid to sit on a dharna even as a Chief minister or Justin Trudeau who has redefined the liberal left as never before or Jeremy ...
  


Paranoid Nationalism Doesn’t Make Us Secure: Admiral Ramdas
27.02.16 07:37 as Politics - admiral l. ramdas, Former Chief of Naval Staff, INDIA.

I have been a proud member of the uniformed fraternity for nearly forty five years before retiring as Head of the Indian Navy in 1993. The present turbulence in our top academic institutions together with continuing manifestations of mob violence, totalitarian behaviour and intolerance, impel ...
  


The Criticality of the Right to Dissent
26.02.16 04:44 as Politics - Amartya Sen

Text of the annual Rajendra Mathur Memorial Lecture organised by the Editors Guild of India in Delhi on February 12, 2016.

I begin on a self-indulgent note. "How is Amartya?” asked my uncle Shidhu (Jyotirmoy Sengupta) — cousin of my father — in a letter written ...
  


War against JNU, Fake Nationalists, Lawless Lawyers and Pseudo-Patriotism
25.02.16 07:15 as Politics - A.J. PHILIP

Dictionary defines "sedition" as any action, especially in speech or writing, promoting discontent or rebellion. It also mentions that it is an "archaic" word. India is one of the few democratic countries which has a sedition law. Like many other laws, it was drafted by ...
  


Communities and nations are formed by symbols.
25.02.16 06:58 as Politics - Amandeep Sandhu

I am sure the bhaktas and the BJP will maintain a long silence over this, but that is exactly why problems in Punjab fester and blow out of proportion: why was the Sikh regiment not part of the Republic Day parade?
 
The Punjab CM Badal, whose ...
  



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