Mystic Mantra: Nankana Sahib has a special place in Sikh history

Gurdwara Chowa Sahib in Jhelum town, where Guru Nanak had found water in 1521, will also remain open. Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh faith, was born in 1469 at Talwandi of Rai Bhoe, now known as Nankana Sahib, a town in Sheikhpura district of Pakistan. Guru Nanak had spent the first 15 years … Read moreMystic Mantra: Nankana Sahib has a special place in Sikh history

India’s internal conflicts are bleeding it out

The reality is that all occupying armies, with armed men living far from home, and amid hostile populations, behave in the same way. In the last 20 years, India has lost three times as many of its armed forces personnel in internal conflict as it did in the 1962 war against China. Six times as … Read moreIndia’s internal conflicts are bleeding it out

Dilli Ka Babu: No more pay panels?

The panel suggested that the pay matrix can be reviewed periodically without waiting for 10 years for another pay commission’s recommendations. The Modi sarkar, it appears, is debating not to form any pay commission for increasing salaries and allowances of Central government employees in the future. Apparently, this proposal has been placed before finance minister … Read moreDilli Ka Babu: No more pay panels?

Call all-party meeting on J&K, free arrested netas

It is also important that all the Kashmiri politicians arrested after the change in J&K’s status must be set free without delay. After the abrogation of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and the state’s bifurcation as well as its downgrade to a Union territory, the Kashmir Valley has been placed under a veritable … Read moreCall all-party meeting on J&K, free arrested netas

Centre resorted to false pretexts to remove special status of J&K

Shah Faesal, a young bureaucrat-turned politician trying to leave the country, was arrested at Delhi airport and taken back to Srinagar. News reports from Kashmir are worrying. So are, in fact, the views relayed through the media, especially television. Old-fashioned repression seems to be consorting comfortably with expressions of concern “for our Kashmiri brethren”. We … Read moreCentre resorted to false pretexts to remove special status of J&K

Real challenge in J&K when lockdown is eased

The realists in Pakistan understand and fully recognise that any territory of J&K in India’s control cannot be secured by Pakistan by force. With the passage of time and Kashmir under restrictions of different kinds, a lot of people outside it are getting restive. When no news is received from an area which frequently triggers … Read moreReal challenge in J&K when lockdown is eased

Trump poll battle goes to Israel

The fact that Israel buckled is intriguing, even though their anti-Semitic stand could have been the excuse. President Donald Trump swung into re-election mode the day he attacked four US legislators of colour and asked them to return to their countries. Like at most times, he was wrong, of course, as one of them had … Read moreTrump poll battle goes to Israel

Give Pehlu true justice

The statistics of cow vigilantism leading to lynching show how big a problem it has become. The nation is aghast over an Alwar court acquitting all the six accused in the Pehlu Khan lynching case. A miscarriage of justice is obvious when evidence was available of the mob attacking Pehlu and his sons on the … Read moreGive Pehlu true justice

As democracy and Kashmir dynasties are hurled out, is there a safety net?

Pakistan used to describe Kashmir as the “unfinished business of Partition”. There are instances in V.P. Menon’s Integration of Princely States where individual princes broke down while signing the instrument of accession. Some of those images came alive when I saw Farooq Abdullah crying himself to a hiccup. Was he weeping at the loss of … Read moreAs democracy and Kashmir dynasties are hurled out, is there a safety net?

Is BJP getting ‘regionalised’ in the Northeast?

After all, the SDF was a part of the ruling National Democratic Alliance as well as the BJP’s regional front, the NEDA. Earlier this week, on Tuesday, rumours turned into reality when 10 of the 13 regional Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) MLAs joined the BJP at the party headquarters in New Delhi in presence of … Read moreIs BJP getting ‘regionalised’ in the Northeast?