Balbir Punj

Physician, please heal thyself

Two prominent bishops have said the Constitution is in danger. Before the Church preaches to others, it should first look inwards

14 Jun 2018

A change of mindset in Pakistan?

A recent article which claims that the Pakistan army is trying to improve ties with India should be taken with a pinch of salt

17 May 2018

Impeachment: A legacy of entitlement

For the Nehru-Gandhi clan, there are no rules. Laws and institutions can be restructured to suit the whims and requirements of the dynasty

03 May 2018

Ambedkar Versus His Apostles

The “outburst of Dalit outrage’’ during the all-India ‘bandh’ on April 2 has been sought to be explained as an assertion of their right to humanity by apologists of the violence that marred the protes

19 Apr 2018

Yearning for minority status

The Karnataka govt has recommended minority status for Lingayats. The moot question: Why do sections of Hindus seek a minority tag?

05 Apr 2018

Dancing with a two-faced dragon

China’s foreign minister has said New Delhi and Beijing should come together. But under the current circumstances this is wishful thinking

22 Mar 2018

Xi shows how Marxism kills democracy

China’s leader could rule forever. For most of us brought up in a plural society, this Orwellian construct appears too convoluted to be true

08 Mar 2018

Pak not just a country, it’s an idea

Pakistan has been at war with its own cultural roots, rejecting pre-Islamic India. This divisive idea transcends geographical boundaries

22 Feb 2018

Caught between Marx and Market

Kerala’s CPM leaders, who preach austerity in public life, have now been hit by a series of scandals exposing their lifestyles

03 Feb 2018

The indian marxist’s role models

Recently, Indian Communists have been going gaga over authoritarian regimes in China and North Korea. Is that the India they want?

20 Jan 2018

The British divide us even today

The British exploited the fault lines in India to serve their imperial ends. The Maharashtra violence is a result of that colonial legacy

06 Jan 2018

Will Rahul now shed his Hindu image?

The new Congress president went on a temple-hopping spree during the Gujarat campaign. Since the elections are over ...

23 Dec 2017

Ayodhya and ‘secularism’ in action

Litigation over the Ayodhya issue is over a century old. The ‘secularists’ have a vested interest in keeping the dispute alive

09 Dec 2017

Will the next king allow temples?

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has promised a ‘return’ to ‘moderate Islam’. But the kingdom, with its ties to Wahhabis, was never moderate

25 Nov 2017

Tipu, Hitler and religious tolerance

The controversial Sultan and the Nazi dictator targeted specific religions. Both fought against the British. Yet only one is reviled

11 Nov 2017