Envious Casca, Noble Brutus

Ever since an envious, over-ambitious Sonia Gandhi yanked Atal Bihari Vajpayee out of South Block for the offense of doing a fairly credible job, the nation has been subjected to intense polemics on the pedigree of our politicians and their right to rule. As is natural in the circumstances, the … Read More

Theft of the Republic

There can be no escaping the conclusion that the Indian people are victims of a presidential coup d’etat. From that fateful evening nearly two weeks ago when he directed the Prime Minister to seek a vote of confidence, to Sunday’s virtual command that the cabinet recommend dissolution of the Lok … Read More

Stop voting, Mr President

Last year, when Pioneer chose to comment editorially on President K.R. Narayanan’s decision to vote in an election, I remember wondering if it wasn’t over-reacting. Certainly, it was unusual. I also had no quarrel with the view that the Head of State must be, and must be seen to be, … Read More

Corruption versus Dharma as way of life

The unhappy situation in which the BJP-led coalition finds itself today has mesmerised most political analysts and social scientists. Reams of reportage has been expended on the mini-cyclones regularly splattering the regime and clouding the image of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, easily the most respectable politician on the spectrum. … Read More

Bihar : A dictionary of pain

A new meaning has been added to Bihar’s bulging dictionary of pain. It would seem that its sufferings have no end. The ancient cradle of Indian democracy, learning, and civic consciousness is today a travesty of our tryst with destiny. Bihar is the penultimate example of India’s rupture with its … Read More

Dalits : Between Church and Temple

Caste, that inexplicable conundrum of Hindu society, has relinquished some of its’ famed rigidity. Last week, as the nation celebrated Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s psychological breakthrough with Pakistan, the Ramakrishna Mission successfully ordained a Pulayar (Dalit) as temple priest at Adoor, Kerala. T.K. Subramandian’s baptism as Swami Vishudhananda was … Read More

Double-speak, dubious Intentions

One can only applaud the courtesy and forbearance of the priests and trustees of Tirupathi Tirumalai Devasthanam in the face Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s arrogant refusal to sign the register affirming belief in the Hindu faith. Such catholicism is the essence of the sannatan dharma (the eternal way of life) … Read More