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The transmitter of civilisation
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The transmitter of civilisation

By T.J.S. George In the way he lived and interacted with others in everyday life, N.R. Madhava Menon was a very ordinary man.  His extraordinariness came out when his mind opened up. He pioneered a new approach to law education which at once became the standard across the country.  The very name he coined,  Law…

Why do the rich turn terrorist ?
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Why do the rich turn terrorist ?

By T.J.S. George The suicide bombers, who wreaked havoc in Sri Lanka, were all set to strike in Kerala too. Clearly,  networks exist without borders and contacts are continuous.  The ISIS, alleged to be the main player in the attacks, has links in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.  The Lankan ally which actually pulled the trigger,…

Election Surprises. More Coming
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Election Surprises. More Coming

By T.J.S. George The most traumatic part of India’s elections is the post-vote waiting — a whole month this time.  BP levels go up even for those not involved in politics because the results are going to affect everyone’s life.  Tensions are especially high in the present case because there is going to be a…

Lies, cash, liquor and elections
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Lies, cash, liquor and elections

By T.J.S. George Winston Churchill told us that it wasn’t polite to refer to lies as lies, that we should be cultured enough to call them terminological inexactitudes. But such phraseological definitudes do not apply to party manifestos in India’s hit-and-run democracy. BJP Spokesmen call Congress manifesto a pack of lies and Congressmen describe BJP…

Necessary evils, too, are evil
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Necessary evils, too, are evil

By T.J.S. George Everyone knows that this election is a game-changer. It is becoming clear that it is a convention-breaker as well. Things that were no-no in electioneering are now accepted norms. Things to which T.N. Seshan said “out” are now “in.” The founding fathers of America said that, even at its best, governments were…

We need to get our India back
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We need to get our India back

By T.J.S. George Politicians big and small have commented variously on democracy. But the most perceptive observation came from an Anglican priest-turned-Cambridge-professor named W.R. Inge. “Democracy,” he said, “is only an experiment in government, and it has the obvious disadvantage of merely counting the votes instead of  weighing them.” What a world of difference there…

Congress’ main enemy? Congress
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Congress’ main enemy? Congress

By T.J.S. George The Congress and the BJP have one thing in common — each is led by a Superman. But the BJP’s superman has a bunch of subalterns with him. That is a force multiplier. The Congress superman is a solitary sentinel. That is poor war tactics. Narendra Modi uses his fire power as…

Will this be the last battle?
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Will this be the last battle?

By T.J.S. George This is going to be the make or break election. It will either make the idea of India viable, or it will break it completely. The ruling dispensation knows that if they don’t win this time, they won’t win for a long time. And if they win, they’ll make sure they don’t…

The dangers of Israelisation
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The dangers of Israelisation

By T.J.S. George Pakistan is ruled by its military and the military has an animosity against India that won’t go away. The reason is permanently engraved in a photograph — Gen. A.A.K. Niazi signing papers formalising his country’s surrender to India in Dhaka in 1971. The wiping out of East Pakistan and the creation of…

No time for Politics, Jingoism
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No time for Politics, Jingoism

By T.J.S. George It is good that 12 fighter jets bombarded a terrorist camp in Pakistan with the intention of delivering a blow that would be remembered. More significantly, India crossed the Line of Control (LoC) for the first time to hit Balakot, the terrorists’ nerve centre. The message was heard in other countries as…

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