Tag: T.J.S. George

About the tyranny of er… Others
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About the tyranny of er… Others

December 3, 2019

By TJS George This week, I shall plagiarise. Without shame.  I shall reproduce whole sentences from a book review in the Financial Times of London because they are sentences that sum up our lives here in our country.  The book is How To Be A Dictator by Frank Dikotter and the reviewer is Tony Barber,…

Lawyers, Cops and The Individual
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Lawyers, Cops and The Individual

November 26, 2019

By T.J.S. George Unimaginable things happen in our country.   Remember the scene news channels broadcast recently?  A uniformed Police Officer leaving the  premises of a Court in Delhi on his official bike is hit on the neck by a lawyer with other lawyers watching.  He slaps the officer on the face, then slaps him again. …

When everything turns communal
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When everything turns communal

November 19, 2019

By T.J.S. George Come to think of it, everything in our country has a religious dimension to it — food, clothing, Universities, Hospitals, Civil Service, the professions like Law and Journalism, and even this column because its byline has a religion’s brand on it. (I gave up religion long ago.  I retain my belief in…

Tughlak lives, so do his ideas
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Tughlak lives, so do his ideas

November 12, 2019

By T.J.S. George Plans are proceeding at breakneck speed to change the history, geography, archaeology, philosophy and essence of Delhi.  The central vista, the imposing Secretariat buildings, Raj Path with its sprawling expanses on both sides, even the majestic Parliament building will all be gone.  A completely new capital city will rise from the ashes. …

Pleasures of re-writing History
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Pleasures of re-writing History

November 5, 2019

By T.J.S. George At last, someone said history should be re-written from India’s point of view.  Praise be to our Home Ministerji.  As he said, Guptavanshik – Veer Skandgupta Vikramaditya is unknown to our children.  That is a shame because it was Guptavanshik – Veer Skandgupta Vikramaditya who expanded our border from Junagadh to Afghanistan. …

Economics Nobel goes to a cook
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Economics Nobel goes to a cook

October 30, 2019

By T.J.S. George Let us say I am picked for the Nobel Prize for writing the finest newspaper column since printing began.  Should I feel happy about it or dejected? That is a dilemma peculiar to India. In any other country, a citizen getting a Nobel will be an occasion for rejoicing.  In our country…

All about Queen Elizabeth and me
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All about Queen Elizabeth and me

October 22, 2019

By T.J.S. George I have a personal link with the British royal family, in particular Queen Elizabeth. I was pleased, therefore, to see splendid photographs of her on British Parliament’s opening day last week. How magnificent she looked in the grand setting of a ceremonially decked up Parliament. She looked resplendent, the jewel-encrusted imperial crown…

Lynching and the ethos of Bharat
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Lynching and the ethos of Bharat

October 15, 2019

By T.J.S. George Okay, so lynching is phoren. “It never happened in Bharat,” said Mohan Bhagwat, well informed on such matters. “It is not a word from Indian ethos.” He then moved on to a different kind of assertion. “It is a Western plot to defame India,” he said. That’s where some difficulty arises. Why…

Now we know Gandhi was a fraud
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Now we know Gandhi was a fraud

October 10, 2019

By T.J.S. George I have always felt patriotic and proud on Gandhi Jayanti days.  Not this time.  This time I was aware that Gandhi was a fake.  As usual, newspapers were full of Gandhi last week.  Schools and Colleges and associations of all kinds held functions to mark the 150th anniversary of the man they…

Secret of success: Showmanship
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Secret of success: Showmanship

October 1, 2019

By T.J.S. George What spectacle! What drama! What breathtaking orchestration! Narendra Modi’s pulling power was in evidence all through his triumphant tour of the US and especially his thundering performance at Houston with the US President himself playing second fiddle.  Such was the impression he made that influential newspapers like New York Times and Wall…

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