Tag: T.J.S. George

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

October 30, 2018

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

October 23, 2018

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 ?

October 16, 2018

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

October 9, 2018

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…

A revolutionary turn in RSS ?
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A revolutionary turn in RSS ?

October 2, 2018

By T.J.S. George Imagine the Pope criticising Jesus Christ. If that is too ecclesiastical, imagine Sitaram Yechury rewriting Karl Marx. Actually we cannot imagine either because the Catholic Church and the Communist Party are rule-bound doctrinaire establishments that do not brook deviations. So is the RSS. Therefore, technically, we cannot imagine Mohan Bhagwat going against the…

Where is Vivekananda’s India?
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Where is Vivekananda’s India?

September 18, 2018

By T.J.S. George Here is the noblest summing up of civilisational values by an Indian: I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true. I am proud to belong to a nation…

A coup that awaits the daring
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A coup that awaits the daring

September 11, 2018

By T.J.S. George There is a strategic political coup that Rahul Gandhi can execute, and thereby transform the entire landscape of the 2019 election. Routine politicking won’t do in the present climate because Narendra Modi’s oratorical ability to attract mass attention is unrivalled and his party has the advantage of being in power. It will…

When AG is worried, it’s serious
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When AG is worried, it’s serious

September 4, 2018

By T.J.S. George The Attorney General (AG) is the first Law Officer of the Government of India and acts as the top advocate for the Union Government. When such an Officer criticises Governments in power, it points to an extraordinary situation. When the Attorney General happens to be K.K. Venugopal and the governments happen to…

The Best and the Worst on Show
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The Best and the Worst on Show

August 28, 2018

By T.J.S. George, How many will learn how many lessons from the floods that devastated Kerala and Kodagu? The most important lesson is bound to go unlearned — that, ultimately, these were again examples of Nature collapsing under the impact of human greed. We were warned of it five years ago when cloudbursts and landslides…

The Prime Minister as Gentleman
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The Prime Minister as Gentleman

August 21, 2018

By T.J.S. George My Lord, Never let me climb so high that I’m unable to embrace a stranger. The humanism in Atal Bihari Vajpayee made him taller than a Prime Minister. In the vastness of his mind the ephemerality of political glory counted for what it was. He once said: You might become an ex-Prime…

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