T J S George

Point of View

T J S George

Dissent is a vital part of nationalism. We need it. Enforced nationalism is counter-productive

It is part of India’s Vedic wisdom that even amrut, when taken in excess, turns poisonous. The case of nationalism is no different: Too much of it becomes counter-productive.

30 Apr 2017

V P Singh was meant to be a dreamer, a poet, an artist; it was bad luck he ended up as prime minister

In the political universe of India V P Singh rose as high as a citizen could—MLA, chief minister, Union finance minister, defence minister, prime minister, father of coalition politics.

23 Apr 2017

Craze for fairness creams, too, is an aspect of racism. no need to deny facts; all peoples are racists

Why do we deny the racism in us? All humans are infected by it.

16 Apr 2017

Almost unnoticed, our democracy is getting abridged; is perpetual one-party rule the future of India?

Donations by companies to political parties is the biggest contributor to corruption in India. All parties acknowledge this.

09 Apr 2017

If gangsters have taken over the education ‘industry’, all talk of development in India is bunkum

Education in India is in tatters because of horrendous corruption.

02 Apr 2017

Self-propelled and cleverest among BJP’s state chiefs, Adityanath could emerge as the star to watch

It is possible that Yogi Adityanath is not the communal Dracula he is seen to be. He is, of course, a Hindutvavadi with a history of promoting doctrinal dogmatics of the extreme kind. But he is unlike

26 Mar 2017

Winners cheer, losers sulk, but what real difference do elections make to our anarchic democracy?

This is a loner’s lament when more than half the country is rejoicing over the BJP’s overwhelming triumph in UP.

11 Mar 2017

Defying possible peace in Syria, defying Russia, Trump brings the world to the brink of war

Iran is no longer the weak polity that America needled in the George Bush years.

12 Feb 2017

How come Jaitley’s imaginative Budget left a slot for anonymous black money to thrive?

How predictable we are! Come rain or sunshine, we evaluate budgets strictly along party lines.

06 Feb 2017

News, when true, wasn’t truth. But news that is untrue is taken as truth today. Is anybody safe?

What’s happening to news, that precious information source that has kept the world ticking for ages? News has now turned into a weapon of destruction.

29 Jan 2017

Those who do not think of other people’s opinions live in bubbles. Was Obama talking of India ?

If sloganeering characterised President Donald Trump’s inaugural address, sagacity marked Barack Obama’s farewell address a week earlier.

22 Jan 2017

India, pre-occupied at home, is losing ground abroad; China, alert and pro-active, is gaining all around

Pre-occupied as we are with unprecedented internal schisms, setbacks in our external relations have not caught public attention.

15 Jan 2017

Politicians, not only in UP, think they are forever; refusing to retire, they cripple us for their ego

Uttar Pradesh is only a vicious example of a curse that plagues India—politicians’ refusal to retire. Politicians want power, fair enough.

08 Jan 2017

Today is new year’s day, says the West. Others agree. How the power of marketing controls the world

Happy New Year! On second thoughts, why? In half the world January 1 is not the day on which a new year starts.

01 Jan 2017

The cash mess. Changing goalposts, new exemptions raise doubts about the government’s intentions

In the wake of the demonetisation tsunami, our Prime Minister asked for a 50-day grace period. That period ends this week,

25 Dec 2016

Dangers of using religion as a political weapon. It is a problem that plagues others as well

The country yearns for a national leadership that can shore up unity imperilled by burgeoning identity politics. Dangerously, identity politics is the politics of division that undermines the shared a

18 Dec 2016

Aayirathil Oruval. one in a thousand women, Jaya achieved greatness against tremendous odds

Politics consumed Jayalalithaa so comprehensively that the human side in her remained invisible most of the time.

11 Dec 2016

A non-conformist, original ‘Krishna with the flute’ who made the singer larger than the song

What made Balamuralikrishna so different that his demise, which cannot be considered untimely at the age of 85, has created a rare sense of loss not just among classical music afficianados but a wider

27 Nov 2016

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