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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

Muscular Nationalism’ Must Be Encountered - Dr P R Kalia

It is ironical that assault on thought which threatens to undermine the independence of the nation is being justified in the name of “nationalism.” This glorification of “nationalism” after all has the backing of the corporate-financial oligarchy, which is integrated with international finance capital and hence complicit with imperialism in opposing any threat to such capital. With the victory of BJP in Uttar Pradesh the fusion of neo-liberalism and Hindutva has got further cemented. The Hindu communal consolidation combined with a wide ranging caste coalition which was cemented with a communal national appeal has emboldened BJP to take a more aggressive posture in the country’s politics. But, it certainly looks […]

By Dr P R Kalia |April 6, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Alberta Budget : ‘Hope is not a Strategy’ - Dr P R Kalia

‘In 6-7 years Happy Days will be here again’, Believes Alberta FM Joe Ceci The 2017-18 Provincial Budget unveiled Thursday, March 16, by Finance Minister Joe Ceci lacks specific details about how the NDP government plans to return the province to a balanced budget or to start paying off the debt. Alberta’s debt is projected to soar to $45 billion in the coming year as the NDP government continues to borrow heavily to finance operations and build infrastructure. And by 2019-20, debt would rack up to $71-billion that will cost Albertans $2.3 billion in annual interest payments. Joe Ceci BELIVES the Alberta government will be back in the black in […]

By Dr P R Kalia |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

In Memoriam: Sufi Amba Prasad by PARMINDER S. BHOGAL - admin

(Sufi Amba Prasad’s 100th martyrdom day falls on 21 January 2017) On the morning of 21st January, 1917, ‘Sufi’ Amba Prasad, then in the captivity of “ The East Persia Cordon” of the British Indian Army, under the command of Brigadier General Reginald Dyer stationed at Shiraz in Iran was to face the firing squad. The previous day, his compatriot Kedar Nath Sondhi had faced the same on his way to martyrdom. As the dawn broke, the guards opened the door of the condemned cell, they found Sufi Amba Prasad sitting calm and motionless, in “deep Meditation”. Even when called out, he did not move. The curious English guard then […]

By admin |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

Trudeau debunks historic electoral reform - Dr P R Kalia

“In betraying electoral reform, it’s not just that Trudeau has broken his promise. At an ethical level, he has broken the hope and promise of reform, of moving from the sick old politics to new, positive and healthy public democratic values.  Canadians are ready for real democratic change.” Discarding his long-held promise to change the way Canadians vote in federal elections, on February 1 in a mandate letter for newly appointed Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould, Justin Trudeau made clear that electoral reform — once top of mind for the Liberal government — is no longer on the agenda. Changing the electoral system will not be in your mandate, & […]

By Dr P R Kalia |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

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

Beware of the New US Protectionist Plan, the Border Adjustment Tax – Part 1. By Martin Khor - admin

PENANG (IPS) – A new and deadly form of protectionism is being considered by Congress leaders and the President of the United States that could have devastating effect on the exports and investments of American trading partners, especially the developing countries. The plan, known as a border adjustment tax, would have the effect of taxing imports of goods and services that enter the United States, while also providing a subsidy for US exports which would be exempted from the tax. The aim is to improve the competitiveness of US products, drastically reduce the country’s imports while promoting its exports, and thus reduce the huge US trade deficit. On the other […]

By admin |March 9, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment