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Butterflies and all things good
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Butterflies and all things good

September 17, 2019

By T.J.S. George When you are a downside-up man condemned to horizontality in bed, you start imagining that the world is plotting against you.  A butterfly on the window or an itch on the left hand are seen as messages meant for you. Across cultures, the butterfly is a symbol of hope indicating good days…

World as seen from downside-up
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World as seen from downside-up

September 10, 2019

By T.J.S. George I have hardly ever used, in more than two decades of writing this column, the word this sentence begins with — the first person singular I. Change is the stuff of life and the time for change comes when you are ordered to lie flat on your back motionless. Human bodies are…

Jaitley put his stamp on history
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Jaitley put his stamp on history

September 3, 2019

By T.J.S. George Arun Jaitley’s connection with Gujarat led to epochal developments.  There he came in contact with Narendra Modi and chemistry got to work. Was it an accident of circumstance? Or did Jaitley, the astute Mr. Brain of the BJP, see something in Modi that others did not?  What we know is that it…

Floods, the language of Nature
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Floods, the language of Nature

August 27, 2019

Our sages anticipated this, hence the Vedic references to the maha pralaya that would trigger, at the end of the chaturyuga, cataclysmic events that wipe out all life on the planet. By T.J.S. George Kempegowda, the Founder of Bangalore (now Bengaluru), had received clear instructions from his mother: “Build lakes, plant trees.” He did that,…

Right Intentions, Wrong Steps
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Right Intentions, Wrong Steps

August 13, 2019

By T.J.S. George When the makers of our Constitution used the term ‘India that is Bharat,’ the implication was that the cultural strength of ancient Bharat would energise the modernistic thrust of resurgent India. It did for a while; India became a model for newly-independent nations. Then new forces rose that damaged India’s position as…

India, China, Chanakyas and Vaastu
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India, China, Chanakyas and Vaastu

August 6, 2019

China expressed its scornfulness openly after a visit to Beijing in mid 2018 by Ram Madhav, considered a Chanakya by the BJP establishment for unknown reasons.  He is famous for making the mess in Kashmir messier. By T.J.S. George Two years ago, the then Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar (now Foreign Minister) said that India’s rise…

And now, be ready to get smashed
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And now, be ready to get smashed

July 30, 2019

By T.J.S. George The noose is tightening around the freedoms that have kept India going. The Right to Information Act, as the very name suggests, was a pillar of democracy. It has now been abridged with an amendment. Another amendment, passed against strong protests from the Opposition, allows the Government to declare any citizen a…

Martyrdom Vs Saudi Selfishness
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Martyrdom Vs Saudi Selfishness

July 23, 2019

By T.J.S. George If God is love, why does he allow suffering? A timeless question. The answer provided by religion is that suffering leads to enlightenment. So a rishi would stand on one leg for years, another would do tapas inside a flaming fire. Jesus took whipping as he was taken to the cross for…

Congress moving towards a split?
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Congress moving towards a split?

July 16, 2019

By T.J.S. George Rahul Gandhi’s insistence on not continuing as Congress President was the best thing that happened to the Congress in a long time.  He must stick to it. Confusion and chaos, perhaps even cracks and crumbling may follow. That, too, would be good for the party which is 134-years-old now. Everything needs renewal,…

That infamous Bishop back again
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That infamous Bishop back again

July 9, 2019

By T.J.S. George Finally, Kerala’s sensational nun-rape case will move another step forward this week. Charges against the libidinous Bishop Franco Mulakkal will come up for hearing in a Magistrate’s Court.  Resourceful parties like this Jalandhar Bishop have different ways in which they can make things drag on. But, however snail-like the progress, there is…

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