Articles by: Nilofar Suhrawardy

Special Session: Another Image-Boosting Move?

Special Session: Another Image-Boosting Move?

Notwithstanding the importance accorded to this special session of the Parliament, one is prompted to deliberate on what really is key purpose behind convening it? As per reports, the new Parliament was fully completed this year in May. Amid controversies, it was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 28. Several opposition parties boycotted this function as they felt[Read More…]

by 20/09/2023 Comments are Disabled India
G-20 Summit: Diplomatic “Success” or Hype? 

G-20 Summit: Diplomatic “Success” or Hype? 

Defying speculations about G-20 concluding with adoption of a Joint Declaration, host country India succeeded in convincing participating countries and the summit concluded “successfully.” Apprehension on this issue were entertained in view of G-20 summit at Bali (2022) having struggled to pass the Joint Declaration owing to differences entertained regarding  Ukraine-crisis, western  sanctions against Russia and there being need to[Read More…]

by 12/09/2023 Comments are Disabled World
“One Nation, One Election:” A Mirage? 

“One Nation, One Election:” A Mirage? 

Notwithstanding all the hype being raised about Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) being “serious” about pursuing its proposal of “one nation, one election,” prospects of it actually being implemented in near future are fairly remote. Chances of BJP itself being compelled to backtrack from doing so by its own regional allies cannot be ignored. Speculations have certainly being voiced about this[Read More…]

by 05/09/2023 Comments are Disabled India
Modi & Kissa Kursi Ka/Battle for the Chair!  

Modi & Kissa Kursi Ka/Battle for the Chair!  

Would it be correct to say that confidence – rather overconfidence- marked Prime Minister Modi’s address from the Red Fort as he asserted that he would be there again a year later on the same date and highlight India’s achievements? Of course, as has been expressed by several observers, this clearly marked a part of his electoral campaign for coming[Read More…]

by 26/08/2023 Comments are Disabled India
The Poor Indian…! 

The Poor Indian…! 

As Indian parliamentary elections approach, politicians’ promises resting on uplifting economic status of the poor will get more assertive and aggressive. As these promises become louder, headlines may be expected to display the same more prominently. The unwritten rule followed in general by most politicians is to try convincing voters that “magic wand” to achieve this rests only in his/her[Read More…]

by 16/08/2023 Comments are Disabled India
Legal Drama over “Modi” & Rahul Gandhi! 

Legal Drama over “Modi” & Rahul Gandhi! 

Stay granted by Supreme Court in conviction of Rahul Gandhi in defamation case filed against him certainly spells as much political relief for Congress as it probably sounds troubling for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The BJP would have apparently preferred stay of Rahul outside the Parliament and also his not being permitted to contest 2024 parliamentary elections. Of course, it[Read More…]

by 09/08/2023 Comments are Disabled India
Violence in Haryana & Desperate Politicking!

Violence in Haryana & Desperate Politicking!

When “communal frenzy” appears to gain momentum ahead of elections, parliamentary or state, it is difficult not to view it as desperate politicking- barely linked with religious beliefs of people at grassroots. There is no denying “attempts” are made to label this as “religious” and create images of communities being at war because of religious reasons. Perhaps, more attention needs[Read More…]

by 02/08/2023 Comments are Disabled India
by Angela Ferrão

Manipur-Incident: “Naked” Exposure of its Supporters! 

If the video about atrocious and disgusting sexual assault of women in Manipur had not gone viral, the entire country and the rest of world would certainly not have reacted against this incident in a strongly aggressive manner as it is at present. Think again. Till the 30-second video did not go viral, though Manipur crisis was being given coverage[Read More…]

by 25/07/2023 Comments are Disabled India
Delhi Floods: Not Just Nature’s Fury! 

Delhi Floods: Not Just Nature’s Fury! 

Paradoxically, recent past has been witness to strongly different images of India circulating at home and also in global media. Incidentally, lesser space has been taken by the positive side than has been by negative aspects and/or the grimmer reality. Of course, as is well known, the former has been marked by Indian Premier’s foreign trips followed by India’s moon[Read More…]

by 17/07/2023 Comments are Disabled India
Diplomatic Strategy- Boosting/Punching Egos!

Diplomatic Strategy- Boosting/Punching Egos!

United States’ “command” over boosting as well as punching egos at certain diplomatic levels cannot be ignored. Of late, this diplomatic strategy with “punches” directed at third parties appears to have surfaced quite prominently. It is possible, France has chosen to exercise the same strategy as United States in extending diplomatic warmth towards India. Soon after Indian Prime Minister Narendra[Read More…]

by 10/07/2023 Comments are Disabled World
Modi & Putin’s Telephonic Conversation: Cosmetic Diplomacy or More? 

Modi & Putin’s Telephonic Conversation: Cosmetic Diplomacy or More? 

How much importance should really be given to telephonic conversation held between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 30? Should it be viewed primarily in context of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Virtual Summit hosted by India (July 4), the present head of this regional organization? Certainly, the SCO was referred to in Putin-Modi talks,[Read More…]

by 03/07/2023 Comments are Disabled World
Democracy at Stake! 

Democracy at Stake! 

So, the world is not oblivious of the state of democracy in India. The issue is not the degree to which democracy is ingrained in India’s DNA but more pertinently the degree to which it is not allowed to be abused and is actually practiced. Irrespective of however “noble” democratic claims may be of respected politicians, office-holders in various capacities[Read More…]

by 26/06/2023 Comments are Disabled India
Modi’s US Visit: A Major Diplomatic Step or Not!

Modi’s US Visit: A Major Diplomatic Step or Not!

Notwithstanding the diplomatic importance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit (June 20-24) from the Indian perspective, one is compelled to deliberate on it from a few other angles. The importance being given to it in Indian circles is partly suggested by media at home according substantial attention to it from around a week before the visit has actually begun.[Read More…]

by 19/06/2023 Comments are Disabled India
Politics is not Cricket: Over-confidence can be “suicidal” in Politics!

Politics is not Cricket: Over-confidence can be “suicidal” in Politics!

Be it politics, medicine or any field except of course certain areas, over-confidence about success/victory can be “suicidal”- leading to failure/defeat. Even while driving- over-speeding in most cases leads to accidents, big shots in cricket instead of sixes/fours has at times led to catch-outs with a winning match slip to defeat. Over-confidence in politics, however, is often not simply due[Read More…]

by 13/06/2023 Comments are Disabled India
Whether Rhetoric or Serious, Arab Diplomacy Can’t Be Ignored! 

Whether Rhetoric or Serious, Arab Diplomacy Can’t Be Ignored! 

How seriously should steps being taken by certain Arab countries towards apparently strengthening their regional relations be taken? These include inclusion of Syria into Arab League after a gap around 12 years, improvement of ties between Saudi Arabia and Iran as well as nature of their ties with Russia and China. Each of these is suggestive of a major change[Read More…]

by 05/06/2023 Comments are Disabled World
Political Illusions & 2024 Polls! 

Political Illusions & 2024 Polls! 

Should the Karnataka elections be viewed as a crucial signal of what 2024 parliamentary polls may spell for Congress as well as parties deliberating on an anti-BJP alliance? To a degree, yes and also no. Success of Congress in Karnataka Assembly Elections in comparison to defeat the party suffered in Punjab Assembly (February 2022) and the result of West Bengal[Read More…]

by 25/05/2023 Comments are Disabled India
Karnataka: Voters’ Shrewd Verdict! 

Karnataka: Voters’ Shrewd Verdict! 

Defying opinion polls predicting a hung assembly, clear victory of Congress in Karnataka elections sends strong signals at several levels. It is as yet too early to view electoral potential of Congress as finished. Negative campaign indulged in by rivals of Congress against Rahul Gandhi and his party colleagues have apparently failed to carry any appeal for people at grass-roots.[Read More…]

by 14/05/2023 Comments are Disabled India
Parliament house in New Delhi on July 24th 2015. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia.

India Faces Leadership Crisis or Democratic? 

History stands witness to leaders at practically all levels, from Kings to revolutionaries, having always accorded great importance to promoting their images through their dresses and appearances as a whole. Interestingly, there has been no decrease in this trait still being considered important by leaders practically in all parts of world but with a difference. If monarchs in past viewed[Read More…]

by 04/05/2023 Comments are Disabled India
Lok Sabha Polls: Rahul Gandhi – A Political Threat for BJP?  

Lok Sabha Polls: Rahul Gandhi – A Political Threat for BJP?  

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and his close party colleagues are probably well aware that he is least likely to be let off easily in defamation charges filed against him. In this context, Surat court’s rejection of his plea (April 20) for stay on his being held “guilty” of criminal defamation by a Magistrate Court on March 23 may be viewed[Read More…]

by 26/04/2023 Comments are Disabled India
Judicial Verdict: Media’s Independence & Criticism of Govt.! 

Judicial Verdict: Media’s Independence & Criticism of Govt.! 

Criticism of the government cannot be construed as anti-national or anti-establishment. Laying emphasis on this, undeniably, the Supreme Court of India has played a major role by specifically stating that “criticism” of government cannot justify government’s decision to revoke license of a TV channel. Led by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud, apex court recently scrapped an order of Ministry of Information[Read More…]

by 11/04/2023 Comments are Disabled India
Riyadh-Tehran Pact: – Diplomatic Signals! 

Riyadh-Tehran Pact: – Diplomatic Signals! 

Irrespective of the negative campaign which United States and its allies seem to have been engaged in against China and Russia, several developments suggest that this hasn’t succeeded in turning more countries against the two. Uncle Sam has all the reasons to be totally dissatisfied by this. The diplomatic era when even a minor signal from Washington seemed sufficient to[Read More…]

by 04/04/2023 Comments are Disabled World
Anti-Rahul Defamation Card Has Its Limitations!  

Anti-Rahul Defamation Card Has Its Limitations!  

It is difficult to assume that there is any person in the whole world who has not faced abuse and/or some kind of defamation innumerable times. If each person chose to file case on this issue, even asked for compensation as well as punishment for allegedly guilty person, it wouldn’t be surprising if imprisonment landed majority behind bars. Perhaps, lesser[Read More…]

by 28/03/2023 Comments are Disabled India
Indian Democracy & Chaos in Parliament!  

Indian Democracy & Chaos in Parliament!  

Irrespective of whoever says what about Indian democracy in any part of the world, including India, to what degree should their comments be viewed as dangerous, damaging and/or from any angle threatening for Indian sovereignty, including its democracy? First of all, it is amazing that credibility, worth and strength of Indian democracy is considered weak enough to weaken just by[Read More…]

by 20/03/2023 Comments are Disabled India
Sisodia vs Hammer: Judicial & Political! 

Sisodia vs Hammer: Judicial & Political! 

It is yet to be proved whether charges levied against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia are true. But prior to be proven guilty, he and another former minister, Satyender Jain have been placed behind bars. Jain has been in prison for around 10 months over allegations of money laundering, Sisodia was arrested on February 26 for alleged irregularities[Read More…]

by 13/03/2023 Comments are Disabled India
Manufactured Glory/Defeat: Assembly Elections’ Results! 

Manufactured Glory/Defeat: Assembly Elections’ Results! 

Given the importance accorded by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to electoral results of Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura as not simply its “success” but more as marking major defeat of Congress, one is tempted to analyse these from this angle itself. Of these, perhaps the most important is the trend displayed by Meghalaya polls. The importance given by BJP to this[Read More…]

by 04/03/2023 Comments are Disabled India
President Joe Biden walks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in front of St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Cathedral on a surprise visit to Kiev on Monday, February 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Ukraine-War: Tainted Lens Spells Only a Mirage! 

War of words and display of cosmetic diplomacy by either or both President Joe Biden and/or President Vladimir Putin is least likely to help either USA or Russia win the Ukraine-war which has formally lasted for around a year. Ukraine-war in the hope of ensuring surrender/defeat of Russia, at present, probably bears greater importance for Biden on his domestic turf.[Read More…]

by 24/02/2023 Comments are Disabled World
People Can Be Killed, But Not Their Voices…!

People Can Be Killed, But Not Their Voices…!

This holds true for millions who have fallen victim in their quest for their rights and for peace. And also for thousands targeted – killed and raped- during Gujarat-carnage in 2002. What else is suggested by “news” linked with what happened in Gujarat during 2002 hitting headlines once again? Notwithstanding the measures taken to prevent public screening of BBC documentary[Read More…]

by 30/01/2023 Comments are Disabled India
Football & Arab World’s Diplomatic Kick-off! 

Football & Arab World’s Diplomatic Kick-off! 

Diplomatic strides made by several Arab countries in recent years are too significant to be ignored. Of course, FIFA World Cup 2022 hosted by Qatar may be viewed as having played a crucial role in compelling greater part of rest of the world to reflect on their stereotyped vision of Qatar and other Arab countries. The reality is that these[Read More…]

by 24/01/2023 Comments are Disabled World
Leadership Crisis & Media Coverage! 

Leadership Crisis & Media Coverage! 

Nuclear strength and/or prowess commanded even by superpowers has its limitations, which has been displayed time and again. Havoc reportedly caused by floods in California may be viewed as just a minor example of this. When those who try and assert themselves as most powerful leaders – globally and regionally – appear to stumble in their own terrains, should they[Read More…]

by 18/01/2023 Comments are Disabled World
Rahul’s Yatra: A Step On a Tough Road for Congress! 

Rahul’s Yatra: A Step On a Tough Road for Congress! 

Rahul Gandhi’s “Bharat Jodo Yatra” (Unite India March) has certainly helped him gain more than expected attention at practically all levels, from media, political rivals as well as supporters, common people and also celebrities. He and his party have apparently not spared investment of efforts, energy, time, funds and so much more. While these have contributed to him capture headlines[Read More…]

by 09/01/2023 Comments are Disabled India
Patriot missles are seen at the Rzeszow-Jasionka Airport, Friday, March 25, 2022,(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Ukraine: A Pawn?

The fear of US aid to Ukraine being blocked has been averted with the roughly $1.65 trillion spending bill having been passed by the Senate and the House. The bill includes around $45 billion in aid to Ukraine’s war efforts and NATO allies. President Joe Biden was keen for its passage ahead of Christmas vacation while the Congress remains under[Read More…]

by 27/12/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Gujarat & Himachal Pradesh Assembly Results:- Both Can’t Be Ignored! 

Gujarat & Himachal Pradesh Assembly Results:- Both Can’t Be Ignored! 

Endless speculations are being voiced following the Assembly election results of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. There is nothing astonishing about this. However, it is a little difficult to accept hype being raised about Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s victory against dismal performance of Congress and of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Gujarat. BJP was expected to win. Given the nature of[Read More…]

by 10/12/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Ukraine-Crisis: Diplomatic Ethics Being Ignored! 

Ukraine-Crisis: Diplomatic Ethics Being Ignored! 

Ukraine-crisis may be viewed as another example of the degree to which United States can push diplomatic ethics to side-lines against priorities which define its own interests. Of the others, Washington’s approach towards Afghanistan is a fairly recent example and the most striking is probably the hype raised about democratic revolution in the name of “Arab Spring” which reduced to[Read More…]

by 07/12/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Gujarat: Modi-wave & Leaders’ Image at Stake?

Gujarat: Modi-wave & Leaders’ Image at Stake?

Simply electoral destiny of key parties in fray is not at stake during Gujarat Assembly elections. What also bears political significance is “leadership” of these very parties. Heading the list is of course, Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Nearly the same importance is held for another key Gujarati leader of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Gujarat is[Read More…]

by 25/11/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Himachal Pradesh Elections: A Trailer? 

Himachal Pradesh Elections: A Trailer? 

Elections to Himachal Pradesh Assembly may be viewed as a symbolic example of what Indian political system and its socio-democratic fibre seem to be heading for. Given the importance accorded by certain leading politicians to try propagate use of religious cards at various levels in several parts of country, one is tempted to deliberate on their relevance in Himachal Pradesh.[Read More…]

by 17/11/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Kejriwal’s Political Identity: Saffron or Secular?   

Kejriwal’s Political Identity: Saffron or Secular?   

There is nothing surprising about recent suggestion of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal regarding photographs of Hindu deities on Indian currency notes. This “suggestion” has come just ahead of assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. It has certainly succeeded in gaining substantial media coverage and political attention. Usage of this electoral-card –laced with religious appeal to apparently win Hindu[Read More…]

by 01/11/2022 Comments are Disabled India
UK is not India & Sunak not Indian!

UK is not India & Sunak not Indian!

Having taking over United Kingdom’s government as its youngest Prime Minister in 200 years, the first Brown and Hindu to do so, Rishi Sunak is certainly not gifted with a magical wand or any other power to resolve the chaotic problems faced by his country and its citizens. The importance given in Indian circles to his religious identity and colour[Read More…]

by 28/10/2022 Comments are Disabled World
 Kharge’s Election As Congress President: Democratically Speaking! 

 Kharge’s Election As Congress President: Democratically Speaking! 

What can be said about speculations and questions being raised about democratic nature of Mallikarjun Kharge’s election as President of Congress Party? He won 7,897 votes against 1,072 secured by his rival Shashi Tharoor out of 8,969 votes. Of 9,385 votes 416 were declared invalid because of errors such as incorrect marking. Prior to results being officially declared, Kharge’s victory[Read More…]

by 21/10/2022 Comments are Disabled India
 Ukraine-Crisis: Egos at Stake! 

 Ukraine-Crisis: Egos at Stake! 

Continuity of Ukraine-crisis may be viewed as harsh illustration of what display of extremism by leadership at certain levels can lead to. At the outset, refusal of Russian President Vladimir Putin to step back from continuing war-strikes against Ukraine stands out. It also marks failure of diplomatic strength of key powers as well as international organizations supposed to be keenly[Read More…]

by 12/10/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Rahul’s Major Political March Has Just Begun! 

Rahul’s Major Political March Has Just Begun! 

Decision of Congress stalwart Sonia Gandhi to join Rahul Gandhi’s “Bharat Jodo Yatra” for a day in Mysore is perhaps a symbolic but definite acknowledgement of the importance being given to this phase of march. It is possible, she may have stayed away if the yatra was not being applauded as a success. With Rahul earning laurels personally and politically,[Read More…]

by 08/10/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Meloni’s “Neo-Fascist” Image & Political Hold! 

Meloni’s “Neo-Fascist” Image & Political Hold! 

Right-winged party’s victory in Italy’s parliamentary elections has led to speculations being voiced about political importance being gained by “extremist” or far-right parties in recent years. Prior to Giorgia Meloni’s Brothers of Italy securing victory, Europe has witnessed right-winged parties taking over political command in Poland and Hungary. Should it be assumed that this phase of right-winged politics is here[Read More…]

by 01/10/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Leicester Spells “Communal” Tension For British Society? 

Leicester Spells “Communal” Tension For British Society? 

Who is to be blamed for ongoing tension in Leicester (United Kingdom) between two groups of people? Given that recent history of this country has not witnessed communal tension of this nature on its own soil, one is prompted to raise questions as to who has failed, where? Understandably, the people responsible for participating in violence and trying to promote[Read More…]

by 25/09/2022 Comments are Disabled Communal Harmony
Rahul’s Yatra:- Politically Correct Move? 

Rahul’s Yatra:- Politically Correct Move? 

Would it be fair to assume that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has embarked on a politically correct path by deciding to undertake his “Bharat Jodo Yatra”? Against endless political problems encountered by Rahul and his party, perhaps it was imperative for him to take such a step. There is no doubt that he has eyes set on forthcoming parliamentary polls.[Read More…]

by 16/09/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Victory of Liz & Rishi’s Defeat!

Victory of Liz & Rishi’s Defeat!

Give a thought, if Rishi Sunak had not chosen to resign from cabinet, Boris Johnson may have still remained Prime Minister of United Kingdom. With political turns favoring her, Mary Elizabeth Truss, better known as Liz Truss, is now the third female Prime Minister of United Kingdom. She shares an interesting political bonding with the other two of fairer gender.[Read More…]

by 08/09/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Ghulam Nabi Azad’s Political Cards & their Timing!

Ghulam Nabi Azad’s Political Cards & their Timing!

Ghulam Nabi Azad’s decision to quit Congress party and apparently test his own political standing by forming his party has raised speculations in several political camps. Of course, Congress has a reason to be disturbed by a senior member parting ways and adding to doubts being circulated about this party’s leadership. Prospects of Azad’s “friendship” with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)[Read More…]

by 04/09/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Communal Virus & Indian Politicking! 

Communal Virus & Indian Politicking! 

The nature of communal virus plaguing India even in this era displays political “strategies” still being deliberately manufactured and propagated to spread communalism at cost of secularism. The saving grace lies in questions being raised from secular activists, politicians and certain sections of media criticizing such communal moves. Sadly, some right-winged extremists bear little remorse about spreading communal virus. Paradoxically,[Read More…]

by 21/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Bihar: Nitish Kumar Changes Political Sides Again! 

Bihar: Nitish Kumar Changes Political Sides Again! 

Fearing loss of chief ministerial berth and being pushed into political sidelines has apparently prompted Nitish Kumar to break his party (Janata Dal-United)’s alliance with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and once again shake hands with Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). His key concern has for the moment been taken care of, with his remaining Bihar’s chief minister. To a degree, his[Read More…]

by 10/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Odisha: Stage Set For Political Drama!

Odisha: Stage Set For Political Drama!

Seventy-five year old Naveen Patnaik will be nearing 80 when Odisha heads for the next scheduled assembly elections in 2024. He is credited for his sharp political strategies which have helped him stay as state’s chief minister for the fifth consecutive term. Biju Janata Dal (BJD) founded by him on 26 December 1997 is recognized as the most successful and[Read More…]

by 03/08/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Indian Constitution, Ethnic Factors & Murmu’s Election!

Indian Constitution, Ethnic Factors & Murmu’s Election!

Constitutionally speaking, all citizens are equal before law and nobody can be discriminated against on basis of religion, race, caste, gender, place of birth and other such factors. Constitutional spirit of Indian democracy and secularism also bears this stamp. Against this backdrop, what is suggested by election of Draupadi Murmu as 15th President of this country with emphasis laid on[Read More…]

by 24/07/2022 Comments are Disabled India
When Leaders Err..!  

When Leaders Err..!  

Sri Lankan crisis is likely to remain classic illustration for a long time of how “power-holders” can be forced to give in to aggressive command displayed by common people’s “power”. When people decide and choose to exercise their power as they have in Colombo, all “strategies” of curbing the same can burst like bubbles. There is a limit to which[Read More…]

by 14/07/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Ethnic “Identity-Cards” & Democratic Values!

Ethnic “Identity-Cards” & Democratic Values!

There is nothing astonishing about the alacrity with which President Joe Biden has reacted against US Supreme Court’s decision on abortion. Had he not been known as a devoted Catholic Christian, perhaps he may not have taken this step. Irrespective of the fact that he has expressed a similar stand earlier, that of not favouring a legal measure against abortion,[Read More…]

by 27/06/2022 Comments are Disabled World
BJP’s “Image” & Nupur Sharma’s Comments!

BJP’s “Image” & Nupur Sharma’s Comments!

The repeatedly tried measure by certain master-strategists of provoking communal tension, dividing votes along religious lines, polarising vote-banks for electoral gains appears to have backfired considerably this time. Yes, this refers to socio-political and diplomatic reaction to Nupur Sharma’s objectionable comments. Till recently, Nupur- former BJP spokesperson- was hardly known in national and international circles. Now, her “popularity” is reportedly[Read More…]

by 19/06/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Texas School Shooting- If Gunman was a Black, a Muslim, an Arab…?

Texas School Shooting- If Gunman was a Black, a Muslim, an Arab…?

Irrespective of whatever is ethnic identity of any shooter leading to violence and/or murders, how can approach towards him be decided by his religion, race, colour or any ethnic as well as national factor? A crime remains a crime. Sadly, double-standards of this nature still prevail. If Salvador Rolando Ramos was an Arab, a Muslim and/or a Black, the rage[Read More…]

by 13/06/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Ukraine-Crisis, At What Cost? 

Ukraine-Crisis, At What Cost? 

Ukraine is not Afghanistan. Ukraine-crisis is, however, likely to be prolonged with a similar objective responsible for Afghanistan-war lasting for years. Geographically, culturally, historically and at numerous other levels, there is no comparison between Afghanistan-wars fought at different periods by United States as well as former Soviet Union and the ongoing Ukraine-war. The only similarity is that people have suffered[Read More…]

by 25/05/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Indian Secularism Can’t Be Bulldozed!

Indian Secularism Can’t Be Bulldozed!

True, individuals can be paid, ideals “sold”, dreams “auctioned”, democratic values “bartered”, independence of media “pawned” and more- at a price and at several levels by leaders to spread communal tension. But the same cannot be said of secularism of all Indians. At this stage, attempts by people to display their “secularism” through peace-marches and other moves together with certain[Read More…]

by 15/05/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Prashant Kishor-Gamble: Hardly a Wise Congress-Move!

Prashant Kishor-Gamble: Hardly a Wise Congress-Move!

Congress party is apparently gambling a little too much on Prashant Kishor. He is not a jinn nor is a miracle-man who can suddenly reverse political fortunes of Congress with his strategies. It may be recalled, his services were of hardly any help to Congress in 2017 Uttar Pradesh (UP) Assembly elections. Even his inclusion in the party is least[Read More…]

by 23/04/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Communal Cards Targeting Women!

Communal Cards Targeting Women!

Anti-Muslim noise raised in Karnataka is just a mild indicator of this being a part of certain right-elements’ communal campaign ahead of coming elections. Not much needs to be said about this being directed towards gaining media attention as well as hoping to please top most leaders holding similar communal views. Karnataka is scheduled to face Assembly election in around[Read More…]

by 12/04/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Ukraine Can’t Be a “Trump-Card” When Diplomacy Fails! 

Ukraine Can’t Be a “Trump-Card” When Diplomacy Fails! 

Despite being voiced aggressively, “Ukraine-Diplomacy” exercised by the so-called friends of this country has so far shown virtually no sign of ending sufferings of Ukrainians and of Ukraine-crisis. This certainly demands deliberation on nature of “diplomacy” at play and its apparent failure. True, innocent citizens must not suffer at the cost of what major powers desire. Violence of any nature[Read More…]

by 30/03/2022 Comments are Disabled World
Assembly Election Results- Democratically Speaking! 

Assembly Election Results- Democratically Speaking! 

Assembly elections in five states are over and results declared. However, several questions have surfaced which perhaps need to be considered seriously. This isn’t simply related to speculations voiced about faulty nature of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs). Several strong messages conveyed by these results need to be perhaps paid serious attention. Though Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has returned to power[Read More…]

by 11/03/2022 Comments are Disabled India
President Joe Biden speaks about Ukraine in the East Room of the White House, Tuesday, February 15, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

United States’ Diplomatic Communication & Ukraine-Crisis! 

United States’ expertise at holding strategic command over controlling operation of diplomatic reins may well be assumed to have fumbled a little at propagation of so-called Ukraine-crisis because of alleged military designs of Russia. Yes, to a considerable degree, greater part of the world still depends on going by what is stated by White House as well as American media.[Read More…]

by 19/02/2022 1 comment World
Punjab Polls: Tough Battle For All In the Race?

Punjab Polls: Tough Battle For All In the Race?

Selection of Charanjit Singh Channi as party’s Chief Minister-face in Punjab may have enhanced chances of Congress faring better in coming assembly elections than was presumed not too long ago. In 117-member Punjab Assembly, 59 seats are needed to form a majority. During the 2017 elections, Congress won 77 seats, two lesser than it secured in 2012. Aam Aadmi Party[Read More…]

by 09/02/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Masked Leadership & Gandhism!

Masked Leadership & Gandhism!

Rich tributes paid to Mahatma Gandhi on his 74th death anniversary (January 30, 2022) are hardly suggestive of similar importance accorded to Gandhism. Undeniably, Gandhi is still remembered “ritualistically”, but little importance is accorded to Gandhism, particularly democratic values promoted by Mahatma in India as well as other democratic countries. Not surprisingly, key power holders are being literally lashed at[Read More…]

by 01/02/2022 Comments are Disabled Life/Philosophy
Yogi in Troubled Waters?

Yogi in Troubled Waters?

Not too long ago, it seemed return of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to power in Uttar Pradesh (UP) with Yogi Adityanath as chief minister would be virtually a cakewalk for him. Suddenly, speculations about political winds not favouring him but his key rival – Akhilesh Yadav (Samajwadi Party) have raised questions about Yogi’s credentials. It is possible, state elections may[Read More…]

by 15/01/2022 Comments are Disabled India
Speaking Out! 

Speaking Out! 

How is anyone responsible for being born where he/she has been and the identity attached to his/her personality primarily because of his/her birth? Whatever is any person’s identity, why is any bias being practiced towards him/her primarily because of this? But this is still happening at this very moment. Prospects of this inhumane trend coming to an end in near[Read More…]

by 31/12/2021 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Beyond English Channel Tragedy! 

Beyond English Channel Tragedy! 

Death of migrants in the English Channel has hit headlines as “worst disaster on record” with France and United Kingdom’s “war of words” marking a “low point” in their ties, a “humanitarian crisis” and so forth. Who is to be blamed for this tragedy? Little importance has been given to the hard reality that increase in migrants being desperate for[Read More…]

by 03/12/2021 Comments are Disabled Human Rights
Kashmiris Being Used As Pawns? 

Kashmiris Being Used As Pawns? 

So, communal strategy is apparently being tried once again on the Kashmir-front. Kashmir is clearly viewed as one of those political cards which right-winged, extremist parties can bank upon to whip up communal frenzy particularly when the going seems fairly dismal in other areas. Recent developments, Covid-impact, farmers’ protest and Lakhimpur-case among several others have not helped the party heading[Read More…]

by 13/10/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Punjab-Politics: Negative Signs? 

Punjab-Politics: Negative Signs? 

What can the new Chief Minister of Punjab Charanjit Singh Channi be expected to achieve within less than a year? Paradoxically, change of guard in Punjab as well as Gujarat doesn’t spell much of a surprise as several other chief ministers have been subject to the same move. One is nevertheless tempted to deliberate on the tendency of respective party heads[Read More…]

by 20/09/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Punjab Polls:– Taxing Time for Congress? 

Punjab Polls:– Taxing Time for Congress? 

Congress leaders were probably not prepared for taxing political signals surfacing from Punjab. Political drama kicked by Punjab’s Congress Chief Navjot Singh Sidhu and a recent opinion poll survey, predicting Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) gaining more votes than other parties in coming state polls certainly demand deliberation on what is really suggested by these factors? Undeniably, both pose a major[Read More…]

by 10/09/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Stakes in Afghanistan!

Stakes in Afghanistan!

Speculations resting on numerous analyses are being voiced on what does withdrawal of United States from Afghanistan and take-over by Taliban really indicate? The former aspect is being viewed by most as defeat of the Superpower and the latter as probable return of terrorism to the country spelling distress for most, particularly women. Let us view the ground reality from[Read More…]

by 19/08/2021 Comments are Disabled Imperialism
Rahul Gandhi’s Breakfast Meeting:- More than a Symbolic Step?

Rahul Gandhi’s Breakfast Meeting:- More than a Symbolic Step?

Let us accept it. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and several opposition leaders appear to be stepping towards giving Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies a strong fight in the coming parliamentary elections, scheduled for 2024. The breakfast meeting hosted by Rahul for them and their heading together for Parliament on bikes may be viewed as crucial symbolic gestures in[Read More…]

by 06/08/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Sidhu’s Politics & Congress! 

Sidhu’s Politics & Congress! 

Navjot Singh Sidhu has certainly had his way by being selected as the new Punjab Congress president. But his victory certainly doesn’t spell gains for all in the party and Congress itself. Speculations are afloat about intra-party tension still prevalent in state unit of Congress. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh was reportedly opposed to Sidhu being given this charge.[Read More…]

by 26/07/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Political Ego – Whether Sidhu or Yogi- Cannot Be Ignored or Pampered!

Political Ego – Whether Sidhu or Yogi- Cannot Be Ignored or Pampered!

Political cards being gradually tried ahead of assembly elections in two crucial states- Uttar Pradesh and Punjab – cannot yet be viewed as symbols of master strategies. The simple explanation is that frustration is quite strongly visible in political parties heading the two state governments. This in itself seems sign of party heads on both sides being a little flustered[Read More…]

by 30/06/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Modi vs Mamata: A Tight Race in West Bengal?

Modi vs Mamata: A Tight Race in West Bengal?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gone overboard in turning the political tide in his party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s favor in ongoing assembly elections in West Bengal. During his campaign, he has tried using Bengali language and has for months moved around donning image of the state’s Nobel Laureate, Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). Exuding confidence about his party’s success, he recently[Read More…]

by 06/04/2021 Comments are Disabled India
Social Media & Women!

Social Media & Women!

Of late, a new importance is being accorded to “social media.” The so-called “social media” is allegedly playing an extremely negative role in spread of “socially-approved” abuses targeting weaker sections, particularly minorities and women. Now, is there really such a “social media” or this is just a hype? And aren’t we erring in according it a little too much importance?[Read More…]

by 01/04/2021 Comments are Disabled Patriarchy
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