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Cleaning the fiscal mess, a promise worth keeping - Gobind Thukral

Punjab chief minister Capt. Amarinder Singh finds clearing the fiscal mess a herculean task. Two months into the hot seat, he and his colleagues are discovering, much to their chagrin, more and more of the clutter all around. Before the elections, it was widely circulated that Punjab’s debt burden was Rs   1, 81,727   crore. Now the latest estimates place it more than Rs 2.5 lakh crore. Finance minister Manpreet Singh Badal who is working on a white paper on state’s fiscal health, fears this could be even more. Punjab’s interest payments are steadily rising, having zoomed up by 58% since 2011-12 to reach Rs 9,900 crore” in 2015-16. These now […]

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

Panjab University: Politics, Financial Crisis and Student Unrest By Ronki Ram - admin

On April 11, 2017 Panjab University (PU) was lucky enough to be escaped from what could otherwise turned out to be a bloody Vaisakhi. It was engulfed by a whirlpool of politicking, financial crunch and student unrest. Students were agitating over fee hike of various courses across the disciplines. Education, they argued, needs to be provided by the government free of cost. Education in PU, however, was never provided free of cost at any point of time in its long history. It was being run on the basis of tuition and examination fees collected from a large number of students enrolled in its various affiliated Schools, Colleges and in various […]

By admin |May 15, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Brinkmanship and rhetoric on river waters - Gobind Thukral

If anyone listens to what political leaders in Punjab and Haryana are saying on the intricate river water dispute between the two states, one could carry the impression of two countries getting battle ready. Here is leader of the opposition Abhay Chautala threatening to stop Punjab vehicles entering Haryana from July 10.  He declared all buses, official vehicles including those of   the ministers and officers   with Punjab numbers would not be allowed to enter unless Punjab initiated construction of the SYL canal. His party, the Indian National Lok Dal workers would block national highway number one at Ambala, the main entry point from Punjab. Punjab politicians from the ruling Congress […]

By Gobind Thukral |May 15, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Punjab Congress encounters discomfort of massive majority - Gobind Thukral

Capt Amarinder Singh is squarely in the saddle. But the massive win in Punjab has brought its own kind burden. Clearly not every one of the 77 legislators in a house of 117 that occupy the treasury benches can be a minister. There is a constitutional provision that allows a total of only 18 ministers and the two more MLAs can be accommodated as a speaker and a deputy speaker. But the rest given the nature of politics cannot sit back and cool their heels. Pressures are already at work. This has forced the chief minister to dangle a carrot outside his residence all the time. When he appointed nine […]

By Gobind Thukral |April 6, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

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

Do People Really Need Change? Exploding the Myth of Third Alternative. By Ronki Ram - admin

Punjab has never imagined the ‘political’ without the ideal of some religion. It was for this reason that the ‘political’ remained eclipsed under a sort of paradigm apparently religious/sacred but inherently engaged with politics. It always reacted fiercely and sporadically while responding to the ‘political’. But at the crucial hour, invariably, the response of the civil society remained indifferent. Babar Akalis, Naxalites, and the Sikh radicals failed to exhort the people in Punjab when the state was haunting them. An ordinary Punjabi found it difficult to build a link between their struggle and the promised alternative politics. If at all, some turned sympathetic to their kind of politics, it was […]

By admin |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