Balbir Punj

Ram temple: Why such a long wait?

The two situations, however, are not comparable, either in their scale or their ramifications.

15 Nov 2018

My lord, leave it to the believers

In short, a devotee’s pilgrimage and what comes before it are no picnic.

25 Oct 2018

Church, practise what you preach

In the last week of June this year, the Kuravilangad police in Kottayam district had registered a case of rape and unnatural sex against the bishop.

20 Sep 2018

Rahul Gandhi wrong on RSS, Islamic terrorism

The Congress President’s recent speeches abroad were widely reported - how do his theories measure against facts?

06 Sep 2018

A Hindu epic and Kerala’s Marxists

In a state where Marxists have a strong grip, the return to religion will pose a challenge to their atheist pretensions and political influence.

28 Jul 2018

Lessons from Afghanistan’s dark past

The recent attack on Hindus and Sikhs in Afghanistan by IS is an attempt to obliterate the remains of the country’s pre-Islamic past

13 Jul 2018

J&K shows it’s back to the basics for BJP

The message from Kashmir is that the BJP won’t compromise on its agenda. The party has to be clear about the ideological road it intends to take

28 Jun 2018

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