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Having boldly dissolved the Jammu & Kashmir Assembly to prevent horse-trading, and repealed the Roshni Act, it is hoped that Governor Satyapal Malik will continue with bold reforms and not be intimidated by political parties.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

वामपंथियों ने हमेशा श्रीराम के अस्तित्व को नकराने का काम किया

बरसों बाद अयोध्या में हलचल है। रामभक्तों की नजर सर्वोच्च न्यायालय और सरकार की ओर है। उन्हें उम्मीद है उनके आराध्य भगवान श्रीराम तंबू में अस्थायी मंदिर की बजाय जल्दी ही भव्य मंदिर में विराजेंगे। तथ्य स्पष्ट बता रहे हैं कि विवादित स्थल ही भगवान श्रीराम की जन्मभूमि है। जो … Read More

In the Dragon’s embrace

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s failure to renegotiate parts of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) during his visit to Beijing (Nov. 1-5) affirms President Xi Jinping’s inflexible commitment to making China a leading world power by 2049, the centenary of communist rule. The Border & Road Initiative (B&RI) and military … Read More

Plagiarism with Pride

Sometime on November 1, 2018 it was brought to my notice that Anand Kumar, a market research consultant, had tweeted his review of journalist Hemant Sharma’s book, Yudh Mein Ayodhya, wherein Kumar asserted that one chapter, Sangharsh, appeared to be a verbatim translation of Dr. Meenakshi Jain’s Rama & Ayodhya … Read More