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Jinnah’s ghost

A spirit continues to thrive within India’s political factions, which appears to oppose everything that is Indian and favours Pakistan In cyclical regularity, over the last seven decades and more, Jinnah’s ghost in India has made apparitions through select mediums and conduits. The latest appearance was seen in the exultant …

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The foundation of a new political narrative

It is symbolic and significant that the seventieth anniversary of the first general election and the seventieth year of the founding of Bharatiya Jana Sangh, predecessor of Bharatiya Janata Party, are being observed this year. The Jana Sangh’s first biographer, Craig Baxter, spoke of the party as having, “a unique …

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New rules of the game

J&K administration has undergone a transformational shift with an Indianised approach, which successfully denounces the trends dictated by ‘spokespersons of Pakistan’ Like he has always done in the past, and done for decades, Farooq Abdullah acted as Pakistan’s spokesperson and not as an Indian leader during Union Home Minister Amit …

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‘Bharat’ at the core

Misinterpretation of Mohan Bhagwat’s Vijay Dashmi address undermines Sangh’s core concern of protecting India from the efforts to disintegrate her. Shri Guru ji Golwalkar, second Sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, was often asked by people, “If the RSS is not a political body why do you comment on political issues.” …

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PM Modi’s dynamic leadership and the global re-ordering

In the global re-ordering that is now in the offing and in the unmistakable shift eastward, the compass also points India-ward. As PM Modi embarks on his US tour, the first since the re-ordering began, these dimensions are emerging with certainty. As Prime Minister Modi embarks on his UN and …

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Preserving the ‘freedom’ spirit

The ruling dispensation is spearheading efforts to salvage the symbols of freedom struggle which had been neglected by the Congress Ideally, the 75th anniversary year of India’s independence could have also been an occasion for the Congress party to introspect, commemorate and come up with a series of meaningful programmes, …

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Suppressing Partition horrors and manufacturing convenient realities

In the discourse surrounding India’s Partition horrors, often manufactured and convenient truths have dominated, generating a miasma of falsehood and self-deception. In his introduction to the reprint of Sardar Gurbachan Singh Talib’s Muslim League Attack on Sikhs and Hindus in the Punjab—1947, philosopher Ram Swarup put forth an articulate description …

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Unveiling dark shades

Partition Remembrance Day is a step forward towards uncovering the ‘horrors of the Partition’ that have eluded us to date The historic and deeply symbolic decision taken by Prime Minister Modi of observing every August 14 as the “Partition Horrors Remembrance Day” in memory of the victims of partition is …

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Hollow claims

Owing to its false propaganda and petty political appeasement, the Communist parties have deviated from ground realities to plunge into organisational and functional decay Indian communists, even with depleted political clout, continue to deftly indulge in propaganda and false information dissemination. They have desisted from introspecting on their reduced presence …

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‘Khela Hobe’ of retributive violence

Mamata Banerjee’s slogan of ‘Khela Hobe’ has been manifested violently in West Bengal in the last two months; this is a model she hopes to replicate across India. It is a retribution-driven dream that ought to be resoundingly rejected. While she chases her pipe dream of heading a ‘Federal Front’ …

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For a United India

It is deeply symbolic and profoundly significant that on 24th June, a day after Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s 68th martyrdom day – Balidan Divas – Prime Minister Narendra Modi will confabulate with political parties from Jammu and Kashmir to chart out the future electoral map and trajectory for the region. Prime Minister Modi’s vision …

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Taller than ideologies

The Central Vista would be a grand tribute to the democratic spirit of the nation, subsiding all efforts aimed at subjugating her legacy. In his treatise on Swadeshi and Art, philosopher-historian Ananda Coomaraswamy, spoke of a section of Indians who ‘despised and hated everything Indian.’ On the eve of India’s …