Category: Blog in English

HOW ASSOCIATION WITH RSS HAS GIVEN MEANING TO MY LIFE

February 9, 2014

Last week, on February 2nd, Khushwant Singhji completed ninety nine years of his very active life. That day, I called on him at his Sujan Singh Park residence and presented to him the second compilation of my blogs, released by Sar Sangh Chalak Shri Mohan Rao Bhagwat with the title “MY TAKE”. The Book-Release function held at the FICCI Auditorium was presided over by Smt. Sushma Swaraj, Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha. Pujya Baba Ramdevji also addressed the gathering. Inscribed on the book over my signature were my respectful Pranams to the great writer in these words: “Salutations to Sardar Khushwant Singh on his Entry into his Centenary Year”

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RAFIQ ZAKARIA DEMOLISHES MYTH THAT SARDAR WAS ANTI-MUSLIM

December 24, 2013

I am happy to find that my blogs relating to recent political history are, generally speaking provoking a worthwhile discussion in the media also. It happens that of the blogs I have written this year quite a few relate to integration of princely states, and so centre round Sardar Patel and V.P. Menon. Some of these draw pointed attention to the Sardar’s differences with Pandit Nehru.   Out of the leading English dailies in the country I have generally regarded The Hindu Group of Chennai as reasonable and balanced, both in its news presentation as well as in its editorials and choice of articles. That these may be in sharp variance with my party’s stand or even with my own views does not affect the esteem in which I hold this Group. So I have been surprised to see this month an issue of FRONTLINE (December 13, 2013) which has … Continue reading RAFIQ ZAKARIA DEMOLISHES MYTH THAT SARDAR WAS ANTI-MUSLIM

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INDIAN DEMOCRACY IS VIBRANT ENOUGH TO WITHSTAND BOTH COERCION AND BRIBERY

December 17, 2013

The year 2013 is coming to a close. An important poll battle has just ended. A crucial battle is to be waged in the coming year. Before the first half of next year ends, the fate of the Sonia Gandhi-Manmohan Singh regime would have been decided. Newspaper headlines have called this last Assembly battle ‘a rout for the Congress.’ M.J. Akbar’s article in the Sunday Times (December 15, 2013) is captioned: ‘Post-poll lessons for the winners, and whiners’. The last three sentences of the article sum up the piece thus: “India seethes when every Indian is angry.  We have got a glimpse in 2013.  We will see the full face of anger in 2014.”   The prospects for the Congress in the coming encounter therefore may not be very different. Till before these last Assembly elections, I used always to recall the post-Emergency Lok Sabha elections of 1977 to caution … Continue reading INDIAN DEMOCRACY IS VIBRANT ENOUGH TO WITHSTAND BOTH COERCION AND BRIBERY

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