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New Kerala Model? No Harm Hoping
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New Kerala Model? No Harm Hoping

By TJS George Something extraordinary happened in Kerala last week. It is a State that was taken over quite some time ago by time-servers in public life, corruption kings and one-man parties with names that incorporate the leader’s own name (Kerala Congress-M, for K.M.Mani, Kerala Congress-B, for Balakrishna Pillai). As for Communism, Kerala remains the…

Divided people are easy targets
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Divided people are easy targets

By T.J.S. George Way back in 1857, a foreign journalist described India in words that seem eerily relevant today. (That is going a really long way back because 1857 was the year Indian soldiers rebelled against their British overlords in what came to be known, in Indian terms, as the first war of Independence and,…

Princes in Politics? (Not Patiala)
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Princes in Politics? (Not Patiala)

By TJS George There’s something about royalty that excites the popular mind. Thailand’s Bhumibol Adulyadej reigned from 1946 to 2016 to become the world’s longest reigning monarch; he was so popular that when he died, Thais wept. Japan’s ruling Emperor Akihito, the 125th in history’s longest royal line (beginning from 660 BCE), has got permission…

Into a mixed-up, convoluted 2018
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Into a mixed-up, convoluted 2018

By TJS George Machimanda Deviah caught the spirit of our times when he posted: The black buck who was driving Salman Khan’s car had killed Arushi Talwar because she did 2G scam which jumped to death from the Adarsh building. He might have added that Adarsh, caught in the Sohrabuddin fake encounter killing, was arrested for…

Thunderous lessons from Gujarat
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Thunderous lessons from Gujarat

By TJS George The reactions to the Gujarat election results were as boastful as the campaign rhetoric was hypocritical, proving yet again that politicians never learn anything. The BJP’s leaders were full of exaggerated claims. Congress voices were similar though the exaggerations were more modest. The khachra parties that should not have been in the…

How ego politics help the enemy
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How ego politics help the enemy

By TJS George Small minds can create big dislocations in a democracy. When Prakash Karat says that the CPM’s purity cannot be diluted by association with bourgeois parties, when Sharad Pawar fields 72 candidates in Gujarat knowing that he cannot go beyond single digits, when Mayawati, who put up 163 candidates in 2012 and scored 0…

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…

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