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Looking beyond a sham Election
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Looking beyond a sham Election

By TJS George No harm would have come to the Congress Party if Rahul Gandhi was named President one fine morning. Much harm was done to its image by staging a charade of an election. As many as 89 sets of nomination papers filed for Shri Gandhi. Not even one nam-ke-wastay opponent. (Dissidents? What dissidents?)…

Judges must cross Lakshman Rekha
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Judges must cross Lakshman Rekha

“It was only when Sita crossed the Lakshman Rekha that Ravana was killed.” May the judiciary continue to cross the executive rekhas and help kill the Ravanas roaming around. By TJS George Jawaharlal Nehru showed the judiciary its place when he said in the Constituent Assembly in 1949: “No Supreme Court can make itself a…

Rahul has an opportunity, but…
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Rahul has an opportunity, but…

India deserves to get back to a state of equilibrium where the faiths that sustain people are not misused for petty political purposes. By TJS George Circumstances have brought about a change in Rahul Gandhi. More complex circumstances are forcing the Congress Party to change. Gujarat elections are the first of a three-stage test that…

India has broken its own traditions by joining US-led strategic group. This will restrict Delhi’s options
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India has broken its own traditions by joining US-led strategic group. This will restrict Delhi’s options

By T.J.S. George Did India gain from last week’s Southeast Asia summit? The big takeaway, as admitted by our External Affairs spokesmen, was a “deepening of engagement” with the US. This is useful upto a point. America is the only power with the capacity to checkmate an increasingly assertive China. But America’s interest in using…

DeMo, GST, etc: How to create a mess, then make it messier; Now, link your Aadhaar number to your sambar-vada
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DeMo, GST, etc: How to create a mess, then make it messier; Now, link your Aadhaar number to your sambar-vada

By T.J.S George It is difficult to imagine that a full year has passed since 1,000-rupee notes disappeared from our world. Champions and critics marked the occasion by bitterly attacking one another. The champions were high-pitched as they celebrated the anniversary and boasted about three lakh fake companies that were closed down and the detection…

Abdul Karim Telgi, Harshad Mehta were geniuses of crime; But a philosophy evolved: ‘Money is very bad, Sir’
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Abdul Karim Telgi, Harshad Mehta were geniuses of crime; But a philosophy evolved: ‘Money is very bad, Sir’

Abdul Karim Telgi’s passing away should remind us that only in India are criminals so creative. Legends like Chicago’s Al Capone and the Sicilian “families” of New York’s gangsterdom got the limelight because of films and books. But they were run-of-the-mill killers and looters. No originality. Only in India did criminals develop the imagination to…

China rises to new heights as Xi decimates his rivals and keeps people under extensive surveillance
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China rises to new heights as Xi decimates his rivals and keeps people under extensive surveillance

By T.J.S. George Faster than expected, China’s dominant duo became a trio with  Xi Jinping promoting himself to the rank of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. Mao kept China in “continuous revolution” complete with upheavals, violence and famine. Deng transformed the nation with the modernising touch of capitalism, which he camouflaged as “socialism with Chinese…

Mass appeal is easy for filmstars, but respect is tough. Amitabh Bachchan earned it, after many setbacks
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Mass appeal is easy for filmstars, but respect is tough. Amitabh Bachchan earned it, after many setbacks

By T.J.S. George Filmstars seldom celebrate their birthdays. Perhaps they do not want to know that they are getting older by the year. Amitabh Bachchan’s birthday (Oct. 11, 1942) was an exception. Television interviews apart, a serious newspaper or two subjected his persona to intellectual analysis. This exceptionality was warranted because, at 75, Bachchan has…

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