T J S George

Point of View

T J S George
Trust level down, cash is king

Today’s EC has chosen to be powerless for its own reasons. Even after the Supreme Court shamed it into using at least some of its powers, the EC has let transgressions go unnoticed, writes TJS George.

21 Apr 2019

Lies, cash, liquor and elections

A national survey saw 41 per cent of our voters admitting that their votes were influenced by distribution of cash and liquor, writes TJS George.

14 Apr 2019

Necessary evils, too, are evil in game-changer election

Everyone knows that this election is a game changer. It is becoming clear that it is a convention-breaker as well. Things that were a no-no in electioneering are now accepted norms, writes TJS George.

07 Apr 2019

We need to get our India back

Politicians big and small have commented variously on democracy. But the most perceptive observation came from an Anglican priest-turned-Cambridge professor named W R Inge.

31 Mar 2019

Congress’ main enemy? Congress

We don't see or hear the young and the bright in Congress. We hear about the old and the tested only in their unending battles for prominence, writes TJS George.

24 Mar 2019

Get ready for the bitterest, most cold-blooded elections

The ruling dispensation knows that if they don’t win this time, they won’t win for a long time.

17 Mar 2019

The dangers of Israelisation

It would be dangerous for India to interpret these developments as signs of peace breaking out in the region.

10 Mar 2019

No time for politics, jingoism

It is good that 12 fighter jets bombarded a terrorist camp in Pakistan with the intention of delivering a blow that would be remembered.

03 Mar 2019

Aayirathil Oruval: One in a thousand women, Jaya achieved greatness against tremendous odds

Jayalalithaa had everything at her disposal but could not find the enriching relationships she cherished. She was truly lonely.

24 Feb 2019

1984 and compulsive contrarians

The authorities justified it by saying that the rules were framed by the Congress-led UPA government.

24 Feb 2019

Before terrorists, India has no friends; we are alone

The latest JeM strike in J&K, which killed over 40 CRPF men, is an opportunity for us to examine our record, our resolve and our capabilities more closely than before, writes TJS George.

17 Feb 2019

Vadra, a timely weapon for BJP

Unlike father Rajiv Gandhi and brother Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi has to wear two crosses—the Gandhi dynastic cross and the Vadra controversies cross.

10 Feb 2019

Why north-east citizens rebel

Imagine  all south Indian states uniting on a platform of ethnic difference from the north, as C N Annadurai briefly contemplated once upon a time.

03 Feb 2019

When midgets hijack democracy

Small men in big chairs are usually dangerous. It isn’t just the Napoleon Complex: the tendency among short men to be overly assertive to make up for their lack of height.

27 Jan 2019

Swalpa adjust maadi: MLAs for sale, again and again

The resort politics popularised by N T Rama Rao continues unabated. The old motto of Aaya Ram Gaya Ram has given way to the new bazaar practice of Buy Ram Sell Ram.

20 Jan 2019

Ayyappa politics is sacrilege

Two factors are preventing the Sabarimala conundrum from moving towards a solution—and the self-promoting politics of BJP-RSS forces are too unimportant to be one of them.

13 Jan 2019

Claims vs facts in a new year

India has gone backward, not forward despite the new years that have come and gone.

06 Jan 2019

When happy new year is a prayer

The year that is passing did make an effort to keep up, ministers leading the pack.

30 Dec 2018

How Ambedkar makes us richer

Ambedkar has become a message, as only Mahatma Gandhi has.

23 Dec 2018

Assembly elections 2018: Hinduism triumphs over Hindutva

This column has said more than once that the greatness of India lies in its majority community voting not as Hindus, but as Indians.

16 Dec 2018

Manufacturing humans to order

It was at a conference on gene-editing that Chinese researcher He Jiankui said he had helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies.

09 Dec 2018

Politics promotes bad manners

When we say or do things that we should not say or do, it’s bad manners. In this election season bad manners became the very norm of public life.

02 Dec 2018

Naxals and other pestilences

It wasn’t so when the war against Hitler ended and Churchill’s Britain and Roosevelt’s America reluctantly teamed up with Stalin’s Soviet Union to share the spoils of war.

25 Nov 2018

Grave new world of Xi, Trump

The avatars of Donald Trump and Xi Jinping aim at making China the leader of the world. They have almost reached their targets.

18 Nov 2018