Nasty side of power plays

Declining to release Kuldip Nayar’s posthumously published On Leaders and Icons: from Jinnah to Modi, Manmohan Singh informed the veteran journalist’s wife that on perusing the book, “I found a reference on page 172 that during my Prime Ministership, government files will go to Sonia Gandhi’s house. This statement is … Read More

Pakistan in meltdown mode

Opposition parties and their choirboys are understandably unenthusiastic about post-Pulwama developments, especially the prompt return of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, because a regime that seemed doomed in the forthcoming general elections will now enjoy the incumbent’s advantage. While it would be premature to state that the Bharatiya Janata Party under … Read More

Shattering national stupor

As Government unravels the conspiracy behind the horrendous car bomb attack on February 14, 2019, that has taken the lives of 49 Central Reserve Police Force jawans, it must consider civilian supporters of terrorists, especially stone pelters who hurt the Forces, as accomplices. Pulwama has shaken India’s soul; we can … Read More

Civilisational continuity

Prime Minister Narendra Modi largely stuck to his developmental agenda on his visit to Jammu, Srinagar and Leh on February 3, 2019, inaugurating projects worth Rs 44,000 crore, but disappointing the faithful in Ladakh and Jammu by failing to address their core anxieties. Ladakh was expecting grant of Divisional status … Read More

Civilisational heritage

The anger in Assam and northeastern States over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 is understandable, but not justified. All these States must appreciate that Indian citizenship is a continuum of their civilisational heritage within the Indian Republic. Their leaders and intellectuals must rise above partisan considerations and accept that Hindus, … Read More

Looking ahead without fear

A prime ministerial interview is an occasion for the incumbent to address his constituents, not an opportunity for critics to extract their pound of flesh. In an interview to news agency ANI, Narendra Modi tackled a range of issues with finesse. Deflecting charges of corruption in the Rafale deal, Modi … Read More

Orphaning Green Revolution

When a scientist who basked for decades in the glory of a technology that ‘rescued’ India from starvation says the green revolution was a failure and the claims made for Generation Next genetically modified (GM) crops are utterly bogus, the shock waves are likely to resonate for a long time.Unsurprisingly, … Read More

Delimitation sore issue in J&K

Having boldly dissolved the Jammu & Kashmir Assembly to prevent horse-trading, and repealed the Roshni Act, it is hoped that Governor Satyapal Malik will continue with bold reforms and not be intimidated by political parties. The decision to make the largely State-owned J&K Bank a public sector enterprise was welcome, … Read More

अयोध्या ही श्रीराम का जन्मस्थान पर विरोधी कुतर्क के आधार पर नकारते हैं

इस समय अयोध्या में जिस स्थान पर रामलला विराजमान हैं, वही श्रीराम का जन्मस्थान है। इसके हजारों साक्ष्य हैं, इतिहास भी साक्षी है। लेकिन राम विरोधी लोग उन साक्ष्यों को कुतर्क के आधार पर नकारते रहे हैं। लेकिन पुरातत्व विभाग के अनेक साक्ष्य ऐसे हैं जो झुठलाए नहीं जा सकते … Read More

Ayyappa: Ascetic extraordinaire

The 50-odd day Mandala Puja at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple, climax of 41-day long austerities by devotees who piously trek barefoot through Pampa forest to reach the shrine, has currently become a spiritual obstacle course for the faithful who have to suffer shabby sabotage by the State government that has ruthlessly … Read More