Tag: T.J.S. George

Now, sad things about democracy
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Now, sad things about democracy

May 21, 2019

By T.J.S. George Two days from today, India will change.  That change will affect the country’s fundamentals. If the BJP wins a majority, the ongoing attempts to recast the soul of India will be triumphantly accelerated, altering the original DNA that was configured by the nation’s founding fathers.  If a non-BJP coalition gets control, our…

The transmitter of civilisation
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The transmitter of civilisation

May 14, 2019

By T.J.S. George In the way he lived and interacted with others in everyday life, N.R. Madhava Menon was a very ordinary man.  His extraordinariness came out when his mind opened up. He pioneered a new approach to law education which at once became the standard across the country.  The very name he coined,  Law…

Why do the rich turn terrorist ?
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Why do the rich turn terrorist ?

May 7, 2019

By T.J.S. George The suicide bombers, who wreaked havoc in Sri Lanka, were all set to strike in Kerala too. Clearly,  networks exist without borders and contacts are continuous.  The ISIS, alleged to be the main player in the attacks, has links in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.  The Lankan ally which actually pulled the trigger,…

Election Surprises. More Coming
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Election Surprises. More Coming

April 30, 2019

By T.J.S. George The most traumatic part of India’s elections is the post-vote waiting — a whole month this time.  BP levels go up even for those not involved in politics because the results are going to affect everyone’s life.  Tensions are especially high in the present case because there is going to be a…

Trust level down, cash is King
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Trust level down, cash is King

April 23, 2019

By T.J.S. George The wonder that is Indian elections is losing some of its wonderness.  Statistically, of course, it remains a marvel — 880 million voters (total US population is 328 million), 11 million election workers, 2 million voting machines, 2,300 registered parties.  But the pride we had in the honourableness of the process has…

Lies, cash, liquor and elections
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Lies, cash, liquor and elections

April 16, 2019

By T.J.S. George Winston Churchill told us that it wasn’t polite to refer to lies as lies, that we should be cultured enough to call them terminological inexactitudes. But such phraseological definitudes do not apply to party manifestos in India’s hit-and-run democracy. BJP Spokesmen call Congress manifesto a pack of lies and Congressmen describe BJP…

Necessary evils, too, are evil
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Necessary evils, too, are evil

April 9, 2019

By T.J.S. George Everyone knows that this election is a game-changer. It is becoming clear that it is a convention-breaker as well. Things that were no-no in electioneering are now accepted norms. Things to which T.N. Seshan said “out” are now “in.” The founding fathers of America said that, even at its best, governments were…

We need to get our India back
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We need to get our India back

April 2, 2019

By T.J.S. George Politicians big and small have commented variously on democracy. But the most perceptive observation came from an Anglican priest-turned-Cambridge-professor named W.R. Inge. “Democracy,” he said, “is only an experiment in government, and it has the obvious disadvantage of merely counting the votes instead of  weighing them.” What a world of difference there…

Will this be the last battle?
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Will this be the last battle?

March 19, 2019

By T.J.S. George This is going to be the make or break election. It will either make the idea of India viable, or it will break it completely. The ruling dispensation knows that if they don’t win this time, they won’t win for a long time. And if they win, they’ll make sure they don’t…

The dangers of Israelisation
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The dangers of Israelisation

March 12, 2019

By T.J.S. George Pakistan is ruled by its military and the military has an animosity against India that won’t go away. The reason is permanently engraved in a photograph — Gen. A.A.K. Niazi signing papers formalising his country’s surrender to India in Dhaka in 1971. The wiping out of East Pakistan and the creation of…

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