T J S George

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T J S George
DeMo, GST, etc: How to create a mess, then make it messier. now, link your aadhaar number to your sambar-vada

It is difficult to imagine that a full year has passed since 1,000-rupee notes disappeared from our world. Champions and critics marked the occasion by bitterly attacking one another.

12 Nov 2017

Abdul Karim Telgi, Harshad Mehta were geniuses of crime; but a philosophy evolved: ‘money is very bad, sir’

Abdul Karim Telgi’s passing should remind us that only in India are criminals so creative.

05 Nov 2017

China rises to new heights as Xi decimates his rivals and keeps people under extensive surveillance

Faster than expected, China’s dominant duo became a trio with Xi Jinping promoting himself to the rank of Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping.

29 Oct 2017

Mass appeal is easy for filmstars, but respect is tough. Amitabh Bachchan earned it, after many setbacks

Filmstars seldom celebrate their birthdays. Perhaps they do not want to know that they are getting older by the year. Amitabh Bachchan’s birthday (October 11, 1942) was an exception.

22 Oct 2017

They want a new assassin identified in the Gandhi case; they want BJP painted as a peace dove in Kerala

These are unusual days no doubt. But how unusual can unusualness get? Can the murder of Mahatma Gandhi be enacted again to show that he was not killed by the man who killed him? Can a propaganda war,

15 Oct 2017

It’s easy to condemn racist supremacists in America; but remember communal supremacists are no different

The mass murder of people at a music concert in Las Vegas last week and the racial savagery that rocked Charlottesville earlier must not be dismissed as far-away things that do not concern us.

08 Oct 2017

BJP’s image dims with economic disruption; Rahul’s image glows with US Tour. This is Sonia’s chance to score big

The Congress Party published full-page advertisements in New York to announce a Rahul Gandhi meeting there.

01 Oct 2017

In a world of bullies, tiny Kim Jong-Un now equals mighty Donald Trump; What if one makes a small miscalculation? It's scary

We now have a clear picture of the conundrum into which these unpredictable half-mad gentlemen have led the world.

23 Sep 2017

How ‘Scoundrel christ’ betrayed his twin brother Jesus; A laboured re-telling that fails to impress

You are sure to hit the bestseller list if you write a book with the title The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ.

17 Sep 2017

Assassins of old were honest, modern ones are cowardly, but the cowards are destroying the Indian dream

In the days of Nathuram Godse, things were straightforward and honest. When he shot Mahatma Gandhi there was no attempt to hide his identity.

10 Sep 2017

Thinking congressmen fail to win tired old congressmen. Rahul Gandhi remains Amit Shah’s best asset

Three weeks have gone by since the Gujarat Rajya Sabha election saw Ahmed Patel scoring a sensational victory over the formidable forces of Amit Shah.

27 Aug 2017

August 15 was the wrong date, chosen for the wrong reason. Also, Iqbal’s Hindustan Hamara deserves a fresh look

Has the time come for Independence Day to be shifted to a date other than August 15? The question is neither facetious nor irrelevant.

20 Aug 2017

Time to ponder what happened to independence. How the confidence of 1947 gave way to antagonisms

“August 15, 1947 will go down in history as one of the most memorable dates, not for India alone but for Asia and the world... For India it marks the beginning of a new age, a new outlook, a new futur

13 Aug 2017

A Strong man gets his due, but BJP betrays a greed for one-party power. that’s dangerous for India

D K Shivakumar is Karnataka’s most formidable politician.

06 Aug 2017

Narayanan’s non-partisanship was classic. So was Kalam’s. Mukherjee played safe. His successor will be safer

In his farewell speech, President Pranab Mukherjee highlighted India’s strong points and said they had become endangered.

30 Jul 2017

Lalu is natural target in the fight against corruption, but the problem is larger. All parties are guilty

Mention corruption, and the names of some politicians jump out like registered trademarks. Lalu Prasad Yadav is right when he says that the BJP government is hunting him for political reasons.

23 Jul 2017

Be it currency shift, Aadhaar, GST, there is a mad rush; People feel cornered, vexed. Why this mad rush?

Usually life gets simpler as nations progress. But not in India where a barrage of sudden changes, new rules and revised regulations are making life burdensome for ordinary people.

16 Jul 2017

Saudis want Qatar out; Turkey wants new dominant role; hostilities in Muslim lands pose problems for all

There is turmoil in the Islamic world. Saudi Arabia has made a hardline prince the effective ruler. Qatar, isolated by neighbouring Arab states, is defiant.

09 Jul 2017

Business leaders, SBI turn sceptical about our economy; farmers react with suicides—which is a bad sign

Those of us who spend the midnight hour sleeping, missed the celebratory introduction of GST.

02 Jul 2017