Views that never cease

A Green Agenda for Punjab - Gobind Thukral

While three comedians, trying to occupy center stage in Punjab’s politics have added some comic moments in otherwise prosaic political scene, some social activists, scholars and journalists have come out with a Green Agenda. Of the three main players , two, Bhagwant Mann and Gurpreet Ghuggi of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), were  finalists in a television show, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, and one, cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu,  was the judge at the show .Ghuggi has replaced an old war horse   Sucha Singh Chottepur  as the convener of AAP in Punjab. A detailed document of this green schedule has been placed in the public domain for political parties to […]

By Gobind Thukral |September 15, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

The beef specter haunts as state acts like vigilante - Gobind Thukral

When a state government   acts like vigilante, it is   fear that becomes all pervasive. This is what has been happening in Mewat for some weeks, the only region in Haryana inhibited by Meo Muslims. The police and other government agencies   aided and abetted by cow vigilante groups are on the prowl, smelling beef in Biryani in the wayside stalls, the dhabas that dot the highways. A couple was murdered and two girls from the family were allegedly gang-raped after the accused had barged into their house in the wee hours on 25 August in a village in Mewat district. The girls allege that they were raped by the so called […]

By Gobind Thukral |September 15, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Monks at the legislature, a new fashion in Haryana - Gobind Thukral

A monk, all naked delivering sermons in a state legislature would have surely rattled our constitution makers.  That August 26 afternoon, seated above the governor, the speaker and elected representatives of the people, a Jain Digambara monk Tarun Sagar delivered what he called his kadve bachan- a bitter doze of wisdom. Mostly repetitive, he was on for full forty minutes. It was for the first time anywhere in India that a monk delivered in an assembly hall a formal address on morality, politics, foreign policy and female feticide. Earlier, last month some join monks had spoken with the legislators of Madhya Pradesh, but outside the assembly hall. Vidyasagar along with […]

By Gobind Thukral |September 15, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

16-year-olds want the vote! - Dr P R Kalia

Expand the vote to include ever more people. Lowering the voting age will provide 16-year-olds with a direct, constructive and democratic channel for making their views felt and for giving them a responsible stake in the future of the nation.It would further improve democracy. In 1958, Canadian High News, a newspaper distributed in high schools across the country, asked its readers a simple question: Do you think the voting age in Canada should be lowered from 21 to 18? It wasn’t even close. Of the 1,200 teenagers who responded to the survey, 71.6 per cent said no. Then, it took many more years before there was a change in law, […]

By Dr P R Kalia |September 15, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Punjab polls 2017: Parities get battle ready - Gobind Thukral

Leaders of all three major parties, trying to upstage each other to capture power in Punjab are in an overdrive. Assembly elections are due early next year, but the leaders are already feeling the fatigue. Octogenarian chief minister Prakash Singh Badal, a store house of huge energy who has ruled for the past almost a decade has been advised rest by his physicians. He travels and he loves it, right from the six in the morning till late in the day. And, it is a huge caravan that he leads and it does cost a hell lot to the already over stressed Punjab exchequer. His son and deputy chief minister […]

By Gobind Thukral |August 16, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Navjot Singh Sidhu: playing cricket with politics - Gobind Thukral

Cricket these days is more a game of entertainment than a sport.  So, former cricketer politician Navjot Singh Sidhu is turning politics into a game of cricket- bats, balls, runs and   wickets.  Entertainer of some sorts on the small screen, Navjot resigned from the Rajya Sabha on July 18.  Only in April, the BJP had nominated him and he had profusely thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and of course, BJP president Amit Shah. The flamboyant politician during the June BJP national executive meeting in Allahabad had demonstrated his loyalty and saluted the Prime Minister’s gesture of paying tribute to a martyr of the freedom movement for the latter’s visit to […]

By Gobind Thukral |August 16, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Haryana: patronage drives ministerial reshuffle - Gobind Thukral

A cabinet reshuffle normally should an opportunity to clearly reposition the government for expectations; developmental and political. It should help bring in efficiency, remove deficit in governance and help avoid any repetition of past mistakes. Measured by these yardsticks, Haryana BJP chief minister Manohar lal in his second cabinet reshuffle has done little. This reshuffle effected exactly after one year is largely to comply with   the wishes of the RSS bosses from Nagpur    or at best to adjust caste equations. There is no new talent as three new fasces are first time legislators and represent particular castes. Minister of State for Public Health Engineering Ghanshyam Saraf and Minister of State for Cooperation […]

By Gobind Thukral |August 16, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

People of Indian origin in Canadian Politics - Dr P R Kalia

History was made in Canada in the 42nd federal elections, held on 19 October, 2015. Of the 44 Indo-Canadian candidates, who contested from different political parties, 20 were elected to the Parliament, of which 17 belonged to the Punjabi community. Four of them are now cabinet ministers. The number exceeds the figure of those elected from Punjab for the Lok Sabha (13), in 2014, back in India. It was a big step forward for the country’s Indo-Canadian community. Today, they are a part of the decision-making process of the future of this country, which every immigrant community across the globe should emulate. Of the 20 elected, only three new members […]

By Dr P R Kalia |August 16, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Haryana: BJP government still learning the ropes - Gobind Thukral

It is almost two years, yet the new BJP government in Haryana is still trying to learn the art of governance. It is so lost in its own rhetoric that it cannot make a distinction between sloganeering and real governance. It is not only the opposition parties, but a large section of the media finds it indulging more  in worn out banality than governing in the real sense . With RSS   rooting for the Hindutva agenda, the BJP ministers’ emphasis on the Gita, cow and Sanskrit is understandable, yet who would provide basic amenities in schools.  School examination results that mostly remain below 50 per cent are not up to […]

By Gobind Thukral |August 16, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Drugs, denial and a film - Gobind Thukral

Punjab’s youth is getting more and more into drugs.   The degree of lumpenisation visible now was never Punjab’s personality.  The youth had a heroic history to follow.  Punjab made the maximum contribution to freedom movement, built strong democratic traditions and political participation was saga but only of yesterday.  Poor education, unemployment   and lack of direction with not many role models to follow is forcing him to seek shelter in deadly drugs- heroin, marijuana , cocaine, opium   and host of chemicals available at chemists shops.  CHITTA –cocaine is a household word   and a small pack is available for Rs one thousand and is costly, other drugs are cheaper. Concerned citizens, army […]

By Gobind Thukral |July 1, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment