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Punjab seeks a responsible government - Gobind Thukral

Punjab voters, defying all opinion or exit polls have voted decisively   in favour of the Congress. It has mustered 77 of 117 assembly seats and Capt. Amarinder Singh, scion of erstwhile Patiala royal family is now people’s Maharaja, as he wishes to be known. Punjab has also offered hope to the beleaguered Congress to survive the BJP onslaught. Punjab voters were decisive in more than one way; they out rightly rejected the Akali BJP coalition’s third successive bid for power and relegated to third place with 18 seats  and dealt severe blow to the aspirations of the Aam Aadmi Party by letting it have mere 20 seats . The Congress […]

By Gobind Thukral |March 18, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Populist budget avoids harsh realities - Gobind Thukral

It normally happens in an election year that ruling parties avoid imposing taxes and resort to popular pronouncements.   Statistical jugglery is a favoured weapon to hide deficits which are bequeathed to the incumbent government. Rulers in the first three to four years take some bold measures and enrich the coffers while initiating development.   But the BJP government in Haryana in its third budget while keeping a large deficit intact has tried to take the populist route. It is still an irony that the budget fails to address the burgeoning problems that the people face. The promised fast industrial growth is still a mirage, agrarian crisis despite some respite from poor […]

By Gobind Thukral |March 9, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Tides are turning against the BJP government in Haryana - Gobind Thukral

Will an honest and a gentle chief minister survive the rising tide of protesting Jats and restive BJP legislators? Completing three years of his expected five year term, Manohar lal Khattar has to demonstrate sagacity and tactics in order to smoothly sail through the political turmoil which he faces.   This volatile uproar, partly the result of his lack of experience and tact and partly the creation of restless Jats seeking reservation and his own BJP legislators is proving too hot for this first time MLA to handle. Manohar lal, in October 2014 was chosen by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and had the blessings of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh which he had […]

By Gobind Thukral |March 9, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Punjab elections: more of a soap opera - Gobind Thukral

It is raining goodies for Punjab voters.  All the three major groupings are showering beyond the wildest imagination of the electorate that woluld exercise their franchise on February 4 to elect 117 members of the Vidhan Sabha.  Political parties competing for the attention of over one crore 98 lakh voters have promised as a wag put it everything except brides or bridegrooms.  Each of the major parties;   the Akali Dal, the Congress, the BJP and the newly sprouted the Aam Aadmi Party have tried to outclass each other in promising a paradise . The election time manifestos tell a tale of weaving rosy pictures on a canvass that is rough […]

By Gobind Thukral |February 11, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Incremental politics dominates polls - Gobind Thukral

With competing political parties beating each other in selling dreams and offering doles, the electoral battles have been reduced to incremental politics. Hurling wildest accusations and threatening to put opponents behind the bars and seeking blessings of some dubious or not so dubious Deras has become the mark of politics in Punjab. There are basketfuls of doles, slogans and chanting of winning mantras all around. No party wishes to be left behind. The ruling coalition of Akalis and the BJP claims to have already developed Punjab as good as California , the opponents; the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party, decrying this claim, offer free education , health care and […]

By Gobind Thukral |February 11, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Punjab: Rise of a new political party - Gobind Thukral

One of the keenly contested assembly elections that have thrown up a new political force is over. Some 77.13 per cent, a little less than the previous elections in 2012  and out of 1.90 crore Punjab electorate have exercised their franchise, although most observers predicted the percentage to cross 80 and thus set a new high bar. More women voted this time as did the youth between 18 and 35 years that constituted over half of the voters. It offers its own kind electoral dynamics. An over cautious Election Commission has ordered   a repoll at 46 polling stations in Sangrur, Majitha and Muktsar assembly segments though it was neither demanded […]

By Gobind Thukral |February 11, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Punjab elections: the hideous politics - Gobind Thukral

Politicians are rarely known as practitioners of truth. They more often believe that victorious arguments do not depend upon hard evidence. As a cynic would observe   more one depended upon unsubstantiated facts, more one tended to develop a belief in these untested evidence. Contending politicians and their supporters are into weaving false narratives which concern feelings, prejudices and accusations. They are putting each other into jails if not out rightly eliminating them. As election time draws   closer, the people of Punjab are witnessing more of this phenomenon. A third player in Punjab electoral politics, Aam Aadmi Party’s convener Arvind Kejriwal in order to outwit the established leadership of the Akali […]

By Gobind Thukral |January 8, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Haryana women wrestle to fight backwardness - Gobind Thukral

Take any yardstick; women in Haryana have been on the receiving end. Read any study, this observation is further fortified. Female feticide neither confined to one community nor to one economic stratum has prevailed for decades. Honour killings, another scourge   has claimed number of your lives. Every town and village has some heartbreaking tale to tell. Bride burning or killing for dowry too has prevailed in some segments of society, though it is not universal thanks to   the preaching of Arya Samaj and the left progressive ideologies. In this feudal setting of   patriarchal society, rural women have literally been yoked to work; from hearth to farm, child bearing to provider […]

By Gobind Thukral |January 8, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Fanaticism to the fore: a university in the eye of the storm - Gobind Thukral

First were the school curricula, and then were people’s food habits and dresses in certain places and now the academic freedom, a new stringent norm is the mantra for the BJP government in Haryana . Mythology is being turned into history and science, violation of cow protection laws invite harshest punishments compared to even rape and girls are being debarred in certain areas from using cell phones or wearing of jeans. The recent case to point: Little did the students and faculty members of the Central University of Haryana at Jant-Pali village, in the Ahriwal belt who staged a play ‘Draupadi’ by Mahasweta Devi know of the storm it would […]

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

Fifty years of Punjab, story of a laggard state - Gobind Thukral

A truncated state of Punjab, created on the basis of language on November 1, 1966 is geographically equal to Jalandhar division of Punjab before partition in 1947. Out of the womb of Punjab were born Haryana and the present Himachal Pradesh, considered not only economically but socially backward. Last half a century has seen the two states outclass the parent Punjab in more than one way. Himachal Pradesh with distinct hill culture nearly doubled its size with large semi hill developed districts that came into its lap from Punjab. It has not looked back. But it was Haryana that has nearly overtaken Punjab in terms of economic growth, though at […]

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