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The urge to serve the Nation!
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The urge to serve the Nation!

By T.J.S. George What makes Indian politics unique is its focus on the self. Every politician is convinced that it is his right to become a Minister. Every Minister believes that it is his right to remain a Minister as long as he lives. Every Minister wants his son, too, to become a Minister by…

West Asia Mess. Where Is India?
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West Asia Mess. Where Is India?

By T.J.S. George, Donald Trump’s impetuousness often gets boosted by his ego. This makes him a dangerous player in conflict situations. West Asia, already on edge with clashing ideologies, has been brought closer to war by his eccentric pull-out from the Iran nuclear deal and all-out backing to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s (MBS)…

Poll Results: Threats & Promises
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Poll Results: Threats & Promises

By T.J.S. George Never have by-election results made waves of the kind that last week’s did. Only two out of fourteen seats were won by the BJP, the party that is generally projected as the unstoppable force sweeping across the country. Opponents were quick to proclaim its stoppability. It would be a mistake to hurry…

Their Democracy ain’t like ours
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Their Democracy ain’t like ours

By T.J.S. George Democracy in India is entertaining, except that its disruptive side makes the entertainment not enjoyable. In mature democracies, parties fight it out at election time, then settle down to governance. Even when an unpopular leader gets elected, the system allows him to run his course. In our country the system never gets a…

No 15 days to purchase majority!
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No 15 days to purchase majority!

By T.J.S. George Here is what the Buddha said about Karnataka elections: “There are many difficulties to overcome in this world. It is hard for a proud man to learn the way of enlightenment.  It is hard not to argue about right and wrong.  It is hard to find a good method.  It is hard…

Wise philosophers, fanatic kings
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Wise philosophers, fanatic kings

By T.J.S. George The time gap between voting day and results day is one of the afflictions of democracy. The tension is excruciating when it’s an election that will decide the temper of life for a considerable length of time. Will the freedoms we have taken for granted for 68 years continue as before, or…

Vote for the future of India
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Vote for the future of India

By T.J.S. George Never was a Karnataka election more important to India than this one. Never was a Karnataka election more ruthlessly fought than this one. All bets are off. All masks are off. All decencies associated with democracy are out. The one and only objective is: Win by hook or by crook, mostly by…

Hitler, Nehru & a worthless Bose
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Hitler, Nehru & a worthless Bose

By T.J.S. George When those who don’t have it in them think they have it in them, it’s sad. Chandra Kumar Bose was a qualified management expert who did well in the Tatas for many years. Then somebody told him that he was not just another Bose but Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s own grand-nephew. Worse,…

The age of darkness is upon us
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The age of darkness is upon us

By T.J.S. George Why should life get so degenerate so often in our country? See the multiplying rape cases, each more brutal than the other. Why should party leaders talk like party leaders and not like human beings when human issues come up? Comments on the Kathua rape horror were an indiscretion, said the BJP’s buddhijeevi,…

Promoting bad governance is bad
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Promoting bad governance is bad

By T.J.S. George So it’s the mixture as before — Arun Jaitley is wise, Ministers of Southern States are dumb.  The south objected to the centre taking the 2011 population figures as the yardstick for the devolution of tax revenues to the States. Jaitley dismissed the objections in convoluted phraseology.  To wit: “Population proxies very well…

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