Tag: T.J.S. George

Hinduism triumphs over Hindutva
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Hinduism triumphs over Hindutva

By T.J.S. George This column has said more than once that the greatness of India lies in its majority community voting, not as Hindus, but as Indians. By far the most dramatic — and comforting — confirmation of this has been provided by the latest election results. The drama is contained in basic population figures….

Manufacturing humans to order
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Manufacturing humans to order

By T.J.S. George Is editing babies in the womb the next big thing? A Chinese scientist who claimed the first embryo-engineered birth said the babies he produced would get neither HIV nor Alzheimer’s. The implication is that you can have children made to order as per your taste and preferences — children with blue eyes and…

Politics promotes bad manners
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Politics promotes bad manners

By T.J.S. George When we say or do things that we should not say or do, it’s bad manners. In this election season bad manners became the very norm of public life. How else can we explain an educated and experienced political leader saying that Narendra Modi, Uma Bharati and Sadhvi Ritambara are lower caste people…

Grave new world of Xi, Trump
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Grave new world of Xi, Trump

By  T.J.S. George The avatars of Donald Trump and Xi Jinping aim at making China the leader of the world. They have almost reached their targets. Under Trumpavatar, the policy of America First has led to US withdrawal from global engagements, be it NATO or the Trans-Pacific Partnership, leaving the field open to an assertive…

Why let religion destroy India ?
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Why let religion destroy India ?

By  T.J.S. George What’s happening to our country? A huge and diverse land of 135 million people, 29 states and 22 scheduled languages, yet we are caught in a single obsession — religion. All discussions, all decisions, all policies are shaped by religion. Sabarimala is on the edge of civil war. “Hindus are losing their…

Burden of being always right
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Burden of being always right

By T.J.S. George Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has the advantage of knowing that he is always right. Reserve Bank Governor Urjit Patel has taken his own time to learn that. Which is Patel’s problem. He started out as Jaitley’s handpicked man to replace Raghuram Rajan who simply had to go as Arvind Panagariya had to…

The State as a conspiracy ?
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The State as a conspiracy ?

By TJS George As Chief Ministers go, K. Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) is in a class of his own. He is known as an effective speaker and he is a good tactician. These were factors in the success of his mission to carve Telangana out of the original Andhra Pradesh. His decision to dissolve the assembly…

A crown Prince warns the world
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A crown Prince warns the world

By T.J.S. George Saudi Arabia’s attempts to play innocent in the murder of US-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi flopped from the start. Even Saudi supporter Donald Trump initially expressed dismay and called for “severe punishment” if Khashoggi was killed. In turn Saudi Arabia’s effective ruler Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) threatened to “respond to any action…

Haksar Files. What About Others ?
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Haksar Files. What About Others ?

By T.J.S. George History lies hidden in government files. Hidden because, while modern democracies declassify records after a reasonably brief period of time, India sits on them, sometimes for ever. Occasionally, a gold mine of files falls into the hands of a creative mind and we see a glittering universe of information opening up in…

Judges, retirement and justice
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Judges, retirement and justice

By T.J.S. George Chief Justices come and Chief Justices go, but the going of Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra has been somewhat historic. He was, for example, the first CJI to face an impeachment petition. He was the first and only CJI against whom four Senior Judges not only had complaints but publicly…

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