T J S George

Point of View

T J S George
The great bank robbery. By all

The funny thing about the banking fraud that is rocking the country is that no one is accountable for it.

04 Mar 2018

India ‘in hands of goondas’

Justice Katju is known for using language of the extreme kind. But more often than not, his words hit the bull’s eye of truth. They did so last week when he spoke to a regional channel.

25 Feb 2018

How not to facelift culture

Indian literature is the richer for the election of Chandrasekhara Kambar as President of the Sahitya Akademi.

18 Feb 2018

Close to superpowerdom, but...

Confidence, authoritativeness and clear warning signals echo from China’s published statements on the Maldives crisis. Keep off, it tells the UN.

11 Feb 2018

Unity, yes. but who will be the PM?

Now that the budget has assured Devaloka by 2019, we can return to more mundane things: How the Opposition parties can unite against the BJP.

04 Feb 2018

Karat’s suicide mode: RSS approves

We have to sympathise with communist hardliner Prakash Karat. He is unable to decide whether Enemy No. 1 is the BJP or Sitaram Yechury. In public he said it was the BJP.

28 Jan 2018

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

21 Jan 2018

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

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

Asian Games 2018