T J S George

Point of View

T J S George
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

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

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

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

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

August 15 was the wrong date, chosen for the wrong reason. Also, Iqbal’s Hindustan Hamara deserves a fresh look

Has the time come for Independence Day to be shifted to a date other than August 15? The question is neither facetious nor irrelevant.

20 Aug 2017

A Strong man gets his due, but BJP betrays a greed for one-party power. that’s dangerous for India

D K Shivakumar is Karnataka’s most formidable politician.

06 Aug 2017

Narayanan’s non-partisanship was classic. So was Kalam’s. Mukherjee played safe. His successor will be safer

In his farewell speech, President Pranab Mukherjee highlighted India’s strong points and said they had become endangered.

30 Jul 2017

Be it currency shift, Aadhaar, GST, there is a mad rush; People feel cornered, vexed. Why this mad rush?

Usually life gets simpler as nations progress. But not in India where a barrage of sudden changes, new rules and revised regulations are making life burdensome for ordinary people.

16 Jul 2017

Saudis want Qatar out; Turkey wants new dominant role; hostilities in Muslim lands pose problems for all

There is turmoil in the Islamic world. Saudi Arabia has made a hardline prince the effective ruler. Qatar, isolated by neighbouring Arab states, is defiant.

09 Jul 2017

The manner in which Hindi is promoted hasn’t helped national unity. one-sided policy has hindered it

Was it necessary to kick up the Hindi controversy all over again? A better model was available to the authorities.

21 May 2017

Should the gods be cheaper than a luxury bungalow, cost less than a wedding ? A tale of emperors

K Chandrasekhar Rao is without doubt the most devout chief minister in the country today.

05 Mar 2017

Akhilesh jumps over dynasty, gives UP new horizons; alas, Rahul can do no such thing in Congress

It’s an unusually long wait for Uttar Pradesh election results.

26 Feb 2017

As Rahul Gandhi drives S M Krishna out of Congress, issues of morality, bankruptcy and dilemmas surface

There is a tragic inevitability about the doom of the Congress party.

19 Feb 2017