T J S George

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T J S George
New Kerala model? no harm hoping

Something extraordinary happened in Kerala last week. It is a state that was taken over quite some time ago by time-servers in public life, corruption kings and one-man parties with names that incorpo

22 hours ago

Divided people are easy targets

Way back in 1857 a foreign journalist described India in words that seem eerily relevant today.

14 Jan 2018

Princes in politics? (not Patiala)

There’s something about royalty that excites the popular mind. Thailand’s Bhumibol Adulyadej reigned from 1946 to 2016 to become the world’s longest reigning monarch; he was so popular that when he di

07 Jan 2018

Into a mixed-up, convoluted 2018

Machimanda Deviah caught the spirit of our times when he posted: The black buck who was driving Salman Khan’s car had killed Arushi Talwar because she did 2G scam which jumped to death.

31 Dec 2017

Thunderous lessons from Gujarat

The reactions to the Gujarat election results were as boastful as the campaign rhetoric was hypocritical, proving yet again that politicians never learn anything.

24 Dec 2017

How ego politics help the enemy

Small minds can create big dislocations in a democracy. When Prakash Karat says that the CPM's purity cannot be diluted by association with bourgeois parties, when Sharad Pawar fields 72 candidates

17 Dec 2017

Looking beyond a sham election

No harm would have come to the Congress Party if Rahul Gandhi was named President one fine morning. Much harm was done to its image by staging a charade of an election.

10 Dec 2017

Judges must cross lakshman rekha

Jawaharlal Nehru showed the judiciary its place when he said in the Constituent Assembly in 1949: “No Supreme Court can make itself a third chamber.

03 Dec 2017

Rahul has an opportunity, but...

Circumstances have brought about a change in Rahul Gandhi. More complex circumstances are forcing the Congress Party to change.

26 Nov 2017

India loses by joining US group

Did India gain from last week’s Southeast Asia summit? The big takeaway, as admitted by our External Affairs spokesmen, was a “deepening of engagement” with the US.

19 Nov 2017

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