Politics & Governance

Thanks to Article 370, Kashmir is Not Yet Independent

Adhir Ranjan Chaudhury has raised an important question in Lok Sabha: Is Kashmir an internal matter of India? The question has been raised in the context of the dispute raised by India before the United Nations, which makes Pakistan an interested party in Kashmir. This is indeed a factual position and the UN still monitors Kashmir. However, even if there was no involvement of the UN in Kashmir, it wouldn’t…

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Karnataka Elections' Ramification for Left

Karnataka Elections’ Ramification for Left

The tweet by the Kerala tourism inviting Karnataka MLAs to Kochi resorts was witty indeed, but was it just witty or more than that? Kerala tourism deleted the tweet subsequently. Why? Some regional newspaper say the tweet was criticised as being in bad taste. I doubt it. All I know it garnered 10,000+ likes. Anyways, soon the Kochi resorts did become the political destinations of last resort. However, the bus…

Tripura elections results

What Kerala CPI(M) Can Learn from the Tripura Elections Results!

My answer to the question vide the above caption is NOTHING. Whatever I am writing below will rationalize my answer with the presumption that Tripura election results are genuine; i.e., there was no EVM manipulation, no booth capturing, no bribery of voters, no hypnosis of voters (ok that’s going too far, but…whatever). I have visited both Tripura (Agartala) and Kerala (Kochi). In fact, I published a travelogue, Kerala Hugged, after…

Suspension of Mani Shankar Aiyar

Suspension of Mani Shankar Aiyar Is Puzzling

The recent suspension of Mani Shankar Aiyar just doesn’t reconcile with the current political scenario. The apparent reason, as stated by Rahul Gandhi, is as incredible as Rahul Gandhi himself. Nobody can suspend a long time loyalist of the family for calling Modi a Neech Aadmi. More confusing is the fact that not even a single voice in the Congress has risen against this suspension. Jaitely claims it to be…

Rahul Gandhi and being pappu

Rahul Gandhi and Being Pappu

To be frank, I found Rahul Gandhi an amenable person till not very long ago, but now when he has decided to project himself for prime minister ship, the fact he is a loser has become prominent. He is an incorrigible loser deserving sympathy but no faith. Of course, a loser can learn and win but only if he does. Rahul Gandhi has not shown any inclination to learn. The…

India abandons Panchsheel in Israel

India Abandons Panchsheel in Israel

Our school invariably had two sections across the board: Section A and Section B. Section A was reserved for students living in Vihars: Preet Vihar, Swasthya Vihar, Priyadarshini Vihar, Nirman Vihar, etc. Section B was reserved for Nagars: Laxmi Nagar, Shastri Nagar, Ganesh Nagar, Pandav Nagar, etc. I, though being in Section B, had developed friendship with Section A students. Of course, one fine day Section B students, who were…

Kulbhushan Jadhav's Death

Stay on Kulbhshan Jadhav’s Death Sentence May Ironically Kill Him

What India has done in case of Kulbhushan Jadhav is either stupidity or b…..ness. Common sense tells me that the stay on Kulbhushan Jadhav’s death sentence may ironically kill him. But for Sushma Swaraj, I would have harboured no doubt and called it b…..ness — this lady is genuinly stupid. Anyways, I will tilt in favour of b…..ness, for people at such responsible positions are not supposed to be stupid….