MY VIEW POINT

  • Why is Kashmir Burning? We need Solutions:

    The turbulence in the valley subsequent to the encounter of Burhan Wani. Hizbul Mujahidden commander is a reflection of the failure of law and order mechanism in the State as well as administrative machinery of the Centre. 30 lives have been lost and many more are injured. Besides, the economic loss is there. What else we are waiting for? Recently, there were intelligence reports regarding polarisation of youth in the valley. Whether any action was taken by the Government and corrective measures were initiated in this regard is not known. The polarised discourse ...

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  • What youth of Punjab Want?

    Aristotle had said, "youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope". The Punjabi youth believed Modi in 2014 but within less than two years they are repenting for the mistake they have done. It seems the Prime Minister forgot about the 3Ds – darkness, destruction and devastation – caused by drugs. They are wondering how the Prime Minister can conveniently close his eyes to the State's turmoil just for political mileage. What does the youth of Punjab want? Punjab is my home state and for the emotional connect I share with Punjabi mitti, I have covered t...

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  • President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh – A Manufactured Crisis

    The elected government of Arunachal Pradesh was martyred on the eve of the Republic Day despite having a majority. The Centre is trying to defend their move under the garb of governor’s report about the alleged deterioration of law and order situation in the State. If the governor is fearing for his life in a peace loving state like Arunachal Pradesh, I doubt what he will have to say about Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra which are table toppers in the ranking of the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) crime data. Article 355 and 356 should not be interpreted ...

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  • PM MODI’S PAKISTAN POLICY LACKS CONSISTENCY

    If there is extreme cold in Delhi, the temperature in Bangkok was suitable for our national security advisor and foreign secretary to break the ice with their Pakistani counterparts. Within 48 hours of NSA level talk between the two countries, our foreign minister visited Pakistan and held talks with her counterpart and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Prime Minister Modi is also scheduled to visit Pakistan next year with the focus on resumption of the composite dialogue process. In 2015 only, Pakistan has violated cease fire agreements more than 400 time...

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  • Modi’s Pakistan policy is confused

    It is the right of people to know what is in the mind of our government. If there is extreme cold in Delhi, the temperature in Bangkok was suitable for our national security advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval and foreign secretary S Jaishankar to break the ice with their Pakistani counterparts. Within 48 hours of the NSA level talks between the two countries, our foreign minister visited Pakistan and held talks with her counterpart and Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also scheduled to visit Pakistan next year with the focus on ...

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  • AGRARIAN CRISIS IN PUNJAB- Need for Corrective Political Action

    Gone are the days when Punjab had earned the title of “India’s bread basket.” The state was viewed as the most dynamic and progressive state of the country, particularly on account of its success in the agrarian sector during the green revolution. Of all the states of India, Punjab’s agricultural growth rate was the highest during the 1960s to the middle of the 1980s which was the first phase of the green revolution. Today’s Punjab is the storey of famers’ suicide, youth unrest and the storey of a dying civilisation. The Badal Government has put the ...

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  • Death penalty is arbitrary and should be abolished

    The recommendations of the Law Commission for graded abolition of death penalty has once again opened the debate on both the right of a State to take away the life of a person as well as effectiveness of death penalty as a deterrence against crime. The Commission is of the view that the notion of an 'eye for an eye' and 'a tooth for a tooth' has no place in our constitution and legal system. The Bhagavad Geeta has also taught us that there is no permanent labelling of human beings as good or evil. Even the man with most evil ways may chose to turn a new leaf, som...

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  • Parliament Logjam

    One third of the Monsoon Session of Parliament is over without conducting any substantial legislative business. The hot and humid Delhi has become hotter and suffocating for the Modi Government inside Parliament. We have all seen how the Winter Session of Parliament had witnessed more pandemonium than productivity because of the conversion issue and notorious remarks of a Minister. The credit for Parliament's functioning and passage of bills during the Budget session goes to Congress as it respects the institution as a "responsible" Opposition. The adamant attitu...

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  • Faultlines: Jammu and Kashmir

    When the Prime Minister was in Jammu, delivering speeches on political grammar, the valley was up in flare with Pakistan flags and presence of ISIS, depicting a clear picture that either both the Centre and the State Government have lost control over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir or some sort of political engineering is taking shape in the State, in connivance with the ruling alliance, which is detrimental to our national interest and the people of the State. The incidents in Kathua and Anantnag are still fresh in our memory. The terrorist attacks in Jammu &a...

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  • DIGITAL INDIA-CHALLENGES & CONTRAINTS

    An ambitious plan for taking India forward on the digital map of the world is definitely a great idea but we need infrastructure, implementation and monitoring strategy and safeguards against intrusion into privacy. The limbo between the goal and the state of resources needs immediate redress. After the prioritising and setting of the goals, these detailed steps are very much essential and need to be articulated before taking the first step on the digital India initiative.  Absence of a road map will only damage the prospect of the ambitious plan. We need to ...

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  • PERFORMANCE AUDIT-MODI 1st YEAR

    Modi’s moto during his election campaign was minimum government and maximum governance. He won the election promising good times (acchhe din) which meant freedom from poverty, corruption, jobs for all and a good standard of living for all Indians. He made a number of promises, more than the number of countries he has visited so far. If I can recall correctly, his most important five promises were recovery of back money from abroad, complete eradication of corruption, jobs and houses for all, absolute control on prices and tax rationalisation. In the past one ye...

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  • Faultlines J&K

    First Kathua, then Anantnag, the terrorist attacks in J&K continue unabated. With temperature rising in the valley, snow is melting, so also the peace. If we are shocked by the anti-India and pro-Pakistan activities of Alam on our soil, we should not be because you cannot expect serenity and tranquility from an agent provocateur. But, the role of the BJP-PDP Government in the State and the BJP Government in Centre and the manner in which the entire episode was mishandled and continues to be needs scrutiny not only to dissect what went wrong but also to plan ...

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  • Does the Government have no respect for livelihood of millions of farmers?

    The Modi Government has shown its anti-poor and anti-farmer face by severely diluting the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013 that ensured not only compensation and rehabilitation of the affected families but was an effective prevention against forcible acquisition of land. By the means of this Act, the UPA Government had bestowed the rights on the farmers to decide whether they want to sell their land or not. To be honest, BJP was very much a party to this landmark legislation. Now, with th...

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  • निवेश पर पंजाब सरकार के दावे झूठे : जयवीर

    चंडीगढ़ (ब्यूरो)। पंजाब प्रदेश कांग्रेस कमेटी के प्रवक्ता जयवीर शेरगिल ने पंजाब सरकार के निवेश संबंधी दावों को कोरा झूठ करार दिया है। शनिवार को जारी एक बयान में जयवीर ने कहा कि उप मुख्यमंत्री सुखबीर सिंह बादल लगातार ...

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  • Drugs are killing Punjab

    Whenever I visit Punjab, one thing baffles me whether the State can get rid of the drug menace. The eleventh Chapter of Shrimad Bhagavatam explains how the Yadu Vansh (the dynasty of Lord Krishna) was extinct due to extreme consumption of liquor and subsequent fight among themselves, of course several other factors were responsible for the event. I fear if the problem of substance abuse in the State of Punjab is not addressed quickly and effectively in a long term manner, it may lead to ruination of the economy, culture and social fabric of one of the wealthies...

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