Politics

Gujarat 2002: Defending the Indefensible? Law / Politics

Tavleen Singh’s widely shared opinion piece in the Indian Express titled Fifth column: Political pundits. Really? carried the byline that prominently quoted from the article declaring that: “In Gujarat in 2002, both Hindus and Muslims died, but we called it a pogrom and the demonisation of Narendra Modi began.” She started by pointing out that the ‘political pundits’ — whatever that means, but she counts herself among them — have...

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NARSIMHA RAO – II: Corruption Scandals Law / Politics

Narsimha Rao’s darkest hour came when he found himself accused of corrupt and unethical practices on more than one occasion. The nightmare began in 1996 when Rao’s term in office came to an end, and investigations were initiated primarily against him along with Buta Singh and nine others on the charges that he had offered huge amounts of money to the members of the Jharkhand...

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NARSIMHA RAO – I: Economic Liberalization and Babri Masjid Demolition Law / Politics

Pamulaparti Venkata Narsimha Rao or P.V. Narsimha Rao – born on June 28, 1921 at Laknepally village in Warangal District of Andhra Pradesh in a Niyogi Telugu Brahmin family – had almost retired from a very active political life when the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi in 1991 forced him to step into the very center of the politically charged atmosphere to hold the reins of...

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NELSON MANDELA – III: The Rise, The Imprisonment And The Presidency Law / Politics

Mandela, having been elected a member of the executive committee, ANC, Transvaal, forced the Regional President, C.S. Ramohanoe, to resign when the President went against the wishes of the Transvaal Executive Committee in cooperating with Indians and communists. When after the 1948 general elections, a racialist party came in power, and began practicing racial segregation openly through their policies, Mandela, having gained sufficient influence within...

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NELSON MANDELA – II: The Political Beginning Law / Politics

Nelson Mandela (Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela), born on July 18, 1918, went on to become the first ever elected President of South Africa in a fully representative democratic elections in 1994 and remained in office until 1999. Mandela, a militant anti-apartheid activist, was arrested in 1962 and was convicted of sabotage apart from other offences, and was sentenced to life imprisonment, as a consequence of which...

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NELSON MANDELA – I:  Sharpeville and Jallianwala Law / Politics

On April 10, 1919, a demonstration was staged at the residence of the Deputy Commissioner of Amritsar, Punjab, demanding the release of two popular leaders of the Indian Independence Movement – Satya Pal and Saifuddin Kitchlew. The two were part of Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha movement and had been arrested in that connection by the British Government. They were held at a secret location. The demonstrators...

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MARTIN LUTHER KING – III: ‘I Have A Dream’ And The Assassination Law / Politics

The Birmingham Campaign employed a number of non-violent methods of protests including sit-ins at public places and kneel-ins by the Blacks at churches used by the Whites. Hundreds of protesters were arrested across Birmingham. Courting arrest was one of the pressure tactics used by the leaders of the Campaign. The idea was to flood the prisons and thereby force the government to act. However, the...

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MARTIN LUTHER KING – I: Montgomery Bus Boycott And The Rise of the Legend Law / Politics

“All I’m saying is simply this, that all life is inter-related, that somehow we’re caught in an inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason, I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. You can never be what you ought to be...

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RAJIV GANDHI: Bofors & Shah Bano Law / Politics

Rajiv Gandhi, born on August 20, 1944 in Mumbai, became India’s sixth Prime Minister after the assassination of his mother, Indira Gandhi, on October 31, 1984. However, Rajiv, depite being the elder son of India’s then Prime Minister, had no interest in politics and did not want to become an active politician. It was his younger brother, Sanjay Gandhi, who was actively involved in Indian...

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What do these BJP people say? To whom does it make sense? twitter.com/BDUTT/status/1… 1 day ago

@kritish2007 @tavleen_singh And how exactly do you know her ordeal in such intimate detail? She was a terror suspect under arrest on charges of having killed her own countrymen. Terror suspects are not questioned softly. What is this 'leftist' rant? And who is a leftist? The one who talks of the poor? 1 day ago

@battakhushboo23 Pragya Thakur is not so much of a political candidate as she is part of the hardline posturing that started with Yogi Adityanath's appointment as UP's CM. It's simply about how far can they push the envelope on the force of 'Modi wave', which might be waning but is not out yet. 1 day ago

@virsanghvi Accused of killing her own countrymen for the politics of hatred, she goes on to belittle the sacrifice of a police officer who laid down his life in defense of his countrymen. And she is contesting to represent the same countrymen in Parliament. Layered cake of insults, that. 2 days ago

@ReallySwara If BJP comes back in power, regardless of whether she wins a seat in the Parliament or not, the possibility of her conviction will get dimmer, if any possibility is left by that time, given that the evidence tends to disappear and memories fail as the time passes. 3 days ago

@ReallySwara No, she has been but in all likelihood will be. She has been charged by the court, but the investigation agencies are in no mood to do the legwork needed to obtain a conviction, which is what the 'clean chit' by the NIA and the like means. 3 days ago

@vrsrini @virsanghvi They are not there to understand or discuss, only to counter and abuse, which is why they don't engage in meaningful discussions but in pointless shouting matches on national television. 3 days ago

@virsanghvi You could be Archangel Gabriel far more convincingly than Ramdev can be a saint. 3 days ago

@PritishNandy No, I don't think that's really the right response. What is needed is not "giving it back" but giving it right. Calling someone anything should not lead to violent backlash, no matter who the person is. That's suppressing dissent all the same. 3 days ago

@narendramodi Unless one is voting for you, one is not voting for the nation, right? These kiddies seem unaware that they wouldn't be electing a 'head of the government' but an MP. They don't know the first thing about Parliamentary Democracy. They are not electors, they are cheerleaders. 3 days ago

@ashokepandit "Doosron ke paap ginaane se apne paap kam nahin hote." Salim-Javed made one of his characters say that in one of the films written by them. Filmein dekha keejiye filmein, Pandit ji. 'Deewar' hi dekh leejiye jab tak Vivek Oberoi sahab ki behtareen adaakari parde pe nahin aati. 😂 3 days ago

@ashokepandit Furthermore, why are you engaging in this pointless whataboutery? Counting their sins wouldn't take away from yours. If you are doing what Congress has done, how are you any different anyway, if that was the point? 3 days ago

@ashokepandit Do you even understand the difference between being accused of a murder and being accused of a terror act for political gains? And, worse, when the person has her political visibility solely on account of such alleged gruesome acts and hate speeches. 3 days ago

Someone thinks that there is “no difference” between being intellectually lynched and physically lynched. Really? 😐 twitter.com/ashokepandit/s… 7 days ago

Actually. That’s how I now know who are the crazed animals who can do little than follow blindly and defend viciously any kind of insanity aa long it’s favoured by their ‘Supreme Leader’. twitter.com/ShashiTharoor/… 3 weeks ago

They would credit Modi for the change of season, too, if the idea was not completely absurd. But one never knows; they just might. 😂 twitter.com/OmarAbdullah/s… 1 month ago

No, I am not a chowkidaar. I am a citizen of India whose interest the chowkidaars are constitutionally bound to protect and serve. 1 month ago

Chowkidar Narendra Modi?! Really now? This gimmick from the Prime Minister of India? Clever comebacks are fine for election rallies. Twitter profile of the Indian Prime Minister is unfit for electoral rhetoric. Maybe Modi couldn’t really be anything other than a BJP campaigner. 1 month ago

@Zebaism This is certainly outrageous. 1 month ago

@shekharkapur What's going on Shekhar? Why do you want us to believe anything and anybody without being sure? Asking questions does not make us a 'soft target', it makes us a vibrant democracy that our future generations would be proud of and thankful to us for. 1 month ago

We were a civilisation once. We are a raging mob now. Be proud of it, if that’s possible. Interestingly, it is possible, which says a lot about us. Need I say more? twitter.com/BDUTT/status/1… 2 months ago

@IAmSudhirMishra If you must know, they also ask inconvenient questions. And who among the hero-worshipers ever liked hero-questioners, if you will, in any civilization at any point of time in near or distant past? 2 months ago

So, again, how much damage did we inflict on the terror organization after risking the lives of our brave pilots who conducted the airstrikes, and after making Wing Commander Abhinandan go through the ordeal? Or is it an anti-national question these days? 2 months ago

"We do not count human casualties," says the IAF. The Prime Minister tells us to trust the Armed Forces (the fact of airstrike is not under question anyway). So, not trusting the number of casualties initially given until established does not amount to distrusting the forces. 2 months ago

If we all remain patriotic and nationalistic, the 250/300/350 unconfirmed casualties of the airstrike would remain dead even if some, many or none of them died. Faith keeps finding new ways to kill, shall we say? 2 months ago

India must ensure that Pakistan is held to account for the misuse of F-16s. thehindu.com/news/internati… 2 months ago

People crying for war with Pakistan neither understand war, nor Pakistan, nor 'war with Pakistan'. 2 months ago

@OmarAbdullah Better still if there was no bragging at all. 2 months ago

Heartening to know that Wing Commander Abhinandan has been treated with due respect by the Pakistani Armed Forces. youtube.com/watch?v=nIHs7p… 2 months ago

Absolutely. He is a soldier doing what he is duty-bound to do. He, as an individual, is nobody's enemy. twitter.com/sardesairajdee… 2 months ago

All military engagements, howsoever small, are serious situations involving human casualties. Stop dancing around. This is not a wedding. 2 months ago

Let's bring the celebratory drumming down a few notches, shall we? We have done what needed to be done. The air strike was more of a retaliatory gesture than a solution. There are no lasting solutions on the battlefield. 2 months ago

@HarishKhuranna @sardesairajdeep I believe, Mr. Sardesai is the kind of man who looks for the truth in face of contradictory claims by two sides opposed to each other. One might call such people the 'seekers of the truth', if you will. 2 months ago

And that you should continue doing, Mr. Sardesai. That's your job. Armed forces will do theirs, I am sure, and you should continue with yours. A crucial part of your job is to verify, which is inherently opposed to the idea of 'trust'. twitter.com/sardesairajdee… 2 months ago

No, that is not entirely true. India has called it a 'non-military' strike. That description has been carefully used to communicate that the strike was not against Pakistan but against JeM within Pakistani territory. We want no war. That has been the message. twitter.com/GulPanag/statu… 2 months ago

@virsanghvi China and Pakistan are not like Jai and Veeru. They are more like Gabbar and Sambha; not exactly though. :-p 2 months ago

There you go. That's what happens when cow worshipers become VCs. twitter.com/ANINewsUP/stat… 4 months ago

@ArvindKejriwal Help me understand exactly why you need his permission. 5 months ago

@nytimes Show respect? This sounds pretty North Korean. Trump should not over-fraternize with Kim Jong-un in the national interest of the US. Trump seems to be learning at the feet of Putin and the Supreme Leader of North Korea. Nothing good can come of it. 5 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 I am perfectly at ease with the term 'liberal'. I am not deleting any tweets. And the discussion stands terminated forthwith. I did that twice earlier. 5 months ago

@debiacharya1969 @_Mauna_ @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 You will not tell me how to take someone's name. He is plain Savarkar. End of the story. I am free to call him by his name. I don't consider him 'veer' at all. So, it's time to end this discussion. I have sent my last tweet to you. 5 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 Ha ha ha! I like Jack Nicholson, too. 😀 5 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 The context of 'Indian' comes from citizenship. Check what I said. This is the last tweet in response to you. Farewell. 5 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 Ha ha ha! Rest assured of your beliefs, for that's all one is left with without the truth. 5 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 Identity politics by people like you. Hard to see? You are welcome to not see. Good Night, again. 😀 5 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 I am talking of today, and not of the bygone era. The fact stands acknowledged. 5 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 So, the Congress was fighting the British without considering them enemies? Hmm. Okay. We are done here. Good Night. 🙂 5 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 It is indeed a bad word when it is used to divide, which is what it is being used for now. Back then it was used to unite. 'Indian' is also a community. Use it to include and it's good word, use it to divide, it's bad. I am sure you understand. 🙂 5 months ago

@debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 Sorry. I am not into attempting to challenge history and refashion the truth to suit one's beliefs, or offer a person based or class based explanation for why history is what it is. Recorded history is the truth until credibly challenged. You can believe what you like. 5 months ago

@Kalbhoja I did not use the expression 'British' in terms of fighting. The expression "for his people". There was no 'India' back then. Also, this 'inviting' business has been our problem for sure, and many people committed that mistake. We were divided back then. Try preventing that now. 5 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 I have called the Sangh what I thought best described them. I am not putting labels on bottles. Sorry. 5 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 No, what I call 'Indian' is everybody who is a citizen of this country. What you call 'Indian' might be different. And perhaps that where we irreconcilably differ. 🙂 5 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 Maybe because they were not sufficiently 'dangerous'. Savarkar? You are welcome to your beliefs, my friend. 🙂 5 months ago

@_Mauna_ @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 Freedom struggles are by the people and for the people. They are not communal in nature. So, the question of it's being 'Hindu' does not arise. But I guess with a handle like 'Spirit of Hindutva' you would want to argue in that 'spirit'. 🙂 5 months ago

@3M0nks @debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @INCIndia I did not talk about partition at all. So, the question of blaming someone or the other for it does not arise. You are perhaps trying to talk about something you are more comfortable talking about. I don't get into those kind of 'debates'. So, this is my last response to you. 🙂 5 months ago

I am perfectly willing to leave history behind and move forward, if they are willing to treat all Indians on the same plane without playing the Hindu-non-Hindu politics. twitter.com/debiacharya196… 5 months ago

@debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 The following may help. They have always been more Hindu than Indians. Hope they would do better going forward. thewire.in/history/rss-hi… outlookindia.com/website/story/… hindustantimes.com/india/hindu-ma… 5 months ago

@debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 @SRU_STI @RakeshSinha01 Is it really news? Did you never wonder why nobody mentions any RSS functionary as having been part of the freedom struggle, my friend? 5 months ago

@debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 But, like I said, let the history be where it belongs, which is in the past. Look forward, shall we? 5 months ago

@debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 You are under the mistaken assumption that I support Congress somehow. I don't. So, let's assume they were 'servants', but they were also the ones fighting for our freedom. The RSS were servants and refused to take part in the freedom struggle. 5 months ago

@debiacharya1969 @vhsindia @Swamy39 Servants don't sit as equals with the masters. Also, the pictures you showing are part of the take over from the British. Furthermore, Congress is not in power at the moment. We'll question them when they are in power. Let's deal with our government for now. 5 months ago

@vhsindia @Swamy39 But then, the likes of you prefer to look at the perceived glory of the past rather than deal with the real problems of the present day. 5 months ago

@vhsindia @Swamy39 Why am I reminded of the RSS, the servants of the British? Tipu Sultan fought for his people at least, which the RSS refused to do during the freedom struggle. So, let's not discuss history and focus on the future. 5 months ago

@PritishNandy @imVkohli So, I respect Virat's right to free speech and condemn what he said in the same breath, just as you do, but I do not recognize his right to say whatever he wants. Sportsmanship, I demand, both on and off the field. This ill mannered person must get his act right. 5 months ago

@PritishNandy @imVkohli He has the right to free speech just as those who condemn him have the right. Right to Freedom of Speech does not include the right to be not criticized for what you say. 5 months ago

@PritishNandy @imVkohli No, he cannot respond "in anyway he wants", which is exactly the point here. We expect dignified speech if he opens him mouth in public or on the field. If he wants people to judge him by his batting, he should speak only through the bat, like Tendulkar did. 5 months ago

@Swamy39 And unlike Virat, who asked the fellow to leave the country, we are not asking him to step down as the captain of the Indian cricket team although we should. If it's a 'national team', we don't want a man like Virat leading it. 5 months ago

@Swamy39 What you seem to be trying to do is what your kind try to do all the time, which is to digress and muddy the waters. Media is slamming the erring. The person disliking Virat's game is within his rights to dislike him and like anybody else, but Virat can't say what he did. 5 months ago

@Swamy39 The people slamming Virat are also exercising their freedom of speech. So, the 'right to free speech' part is not under question. What is being criticized is the way that freedom was exercised by this non-sportsman of a captain that we have the misfortune of having. 5 months ago

@Swamy39 Nobody can tell any Indian that he or she should leave the nation for anything, and the least for liking the sportsmen of a foreign nation. Also, Virat is the captain of the 'national cricket team' talking to a lover of the game, and his conduct was wholly unbecoming. 5 months ago

@Acosta If it's any consolation, you country is not alone in doing this. I am from India and 'anti-national' is thrown around here, too, mostly by people who don't have the first idea about what patriotism, culture, civilization, brotherhood and fraternity stand for. 5 months ago

@PritishNandy What's wrong with relating to any human beings anywhere in the world? Don't soldiers pay due respect to the bodies of the combating enemy soldiers? Hatred must be kept for things like irrationality, bigotry and such, and not for people, not even the irrational and the bigots. 5 months ago

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