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Monthly Archives: August 2016

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 Comments

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 Comments

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 […]

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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 Comments

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 Comments