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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

High Court urges Center to save doctors and help rape victims - Gobind Thukral

There is an old saying: as civilization advances, cultural necessarily declines. It can be truer in case of Punjab. Post Green Revolution and industrial advancement brought more prosperity   to Punjab. It is correct that not everybody gained equally, but relatively speaking the state, though truncated twice since 1947 has emerged as the top consumer state of India. But it has not advanced in terms and social and cultural uplifting. Rising graph of crime against women, rampant drug addiction that is eating away a whole generation and all other crimes – murders, dacoits , abduction and theft and robberies registered under the penal laws- all tell a woeful sad tale. Rape […]

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

Komagata Maru: Will an apology do? - Dr P R Kalia

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized in the Commons Wednesday, May 18, for 1914 decision by the Canadian government to turn away a boatload of Indians. The struggle against racial discrimination in Canada came to a head in the Komagata Maru incident in 1914. This tragic incident essentially remains a powerful symbol of the still ongoing struggle of the people against the spoils of Neo-Imperialist Corporatist Order that is currently subverting the world and seeking to control the destiny of humanity. 376 Indians who set out for Canada with dreams of starting a new life were denied the chance to ever set foot in their new homeland, in Vancouver in May […]

By Dr P R Kalia |July 1, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Trudeau undignified bullying, a sad moment - Dr P R Kalia

There was a visual shown countless times on TV and now online showing what Justin Trudeau did in the House of Commons on May 18. He grasps Tory House leader Gordon Brown by the arm and ushers him unceremoniously to his seat. Along the way, no doubt inadvertently, he clumsily elbows NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau aside. It would have been a graceless performance from any prime minister, though not a single one of Trudeau’s 22 predecessors is on record as having done anything remotely similar. There’s a thin line between “youthful” and “immature,” and Trudeau crossed it the moment he decided to rise from his seat to try to […]

By Dr P R Kalia |July 1, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Politics touches another low as deceit overpowers Rajya Sabha polls - Gobind Thukral

It could happen in Haryana only, the land of Aya Rams and Gaya Rams or legendary turncoats. On June 11 when   90 legislators met to elect two members   for the Rajya Sabha- the upper house of parliament, party line was clearly drawn.  But when the election ended at five PM, these were blurred and knives were out.  And, it was just the colour of ink that deprived lawyer R.K.Anand   and pushed an ambitious media mogul Subhash Chandra of Zee network into Rajya Sabha. Twelve Congress votes were cancelled, besides two more improper voting. BJP has had the last laugh. There were three contenders – Union Minister for Rural Development Chaudhry […]

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