T J S George

Point of View

T J S George

As egos clashed in India, China won. The untold story is told again

B N Mullick and B M Kaul got away with unforgivable mistakes because they were favourites Nehru encouraged. Doesn’t that make Nehru just as culpable? And when Nehru is guilty, can Krishna Menon be far behind?

17 May 2013

We honour Gandhi only with tokenism, but his cult status keeps growing

Gandhi’s appeal has become universal. By influencing the thought and actions of people like Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela, he influenced the course of world history. Ultimately, it was the originality and daring of Gandhi’s mind that made him a world force.

17 May 2013

The right to privacy does not mean the right to do wrong in private

the right to privacy vanishes when it is used to do what ordinary citizens cannot do under law. Ordinary companies with a paid-up capital of `1 lakh can’t get an overdraft of Rs 7.9 crore from a nationalised bank. Robert Vadra got that for his companies.

17 May 2013

As religious hardliners gain ground, civilisations have cause to worry

Salafis and Wahabis want a world that will have only one faith—theirs. The Christian Right wants the Ten Commandments as the law of the world. Salafis want Shariat as the law of the world. We will need a miracle from God to avoid a clash between such civilisations.

17 May 2013

China’s Congress and India’s Congress: Not all princelings are the same

With power no less than Deng Xiaoping’s, Indira Gandhi could have established a healthy precedent or two, but she did not. If Deng\'s objective was to put the country above personalities and their cults, Indira ensured that her family would be above the country.

17 May 2013

A cartoonist with a sense of humour,Thackeray went politically astray

Thackeray was as much a victim as an exploiter of circumstance. The movement that gathered around him was unworthy of him. It deteriorated into a communal platform. Its fire passed to nephew Raj Thackeray, who further reduced it to a platform for social hatreds.

17 May 2013

They solve problems, make life easier; Why can’t we do what others do?

The Garden City is today a Garbage City. Not because the system broke down, but because the mafia put its foot down. Landfill, being part of the land-construction business, was a subject close to the mafia. Garbage lorry operators constituted another mafia.

17 May 2013

How important was the West’s role in the Ravi Shankar phenomenon?

A comprehensive look at Ravi Shankar’s place in history cannot sidestep his combativeness and his flair for public relations. These played no small part in the stardom he achieved, and the way unhappy controversies were papered over.

17 May 2013

Aam Aadmi is good for mango jokes; it's no name for a serious party

Aam Aadmi is at best a slogan, like Garibi. It can be the title of a newspaper column or of a cartoon feature. But it does not have the gravitas or emotional connect a party name needs. We only have to look at the words Congress and Janata to understand this.

17 May 2013

We seldom enforce laws, and that’s why rape victims are still victimised

There is a culture of rape and sadism that covers India. The ancient tradition of looking upon women as cattle to be used at will is strengthened by the modern tradition of the state serving the interests of the bribing class.

17 May 2013

Couldn’t the PM show some feelings in a time of strong feelings?

Manmohan Singh’s rape speech will be remembered as the grand tragedy of 2012. Perhaps he had no choice. The presence of the High Command is so overpowering that only an expressionless, opinionless prime minister can be theek hai.

17 May 2013

Politicians are involved in rape cases. Is that why there's no action?

The case of Bhanwari Devi in Rajasthan and of Anjana Mishra in Orissa involved high-ranking politicians. In Kerala, from the Suryanelli case to ice-cream parlour case, ranking political leaders were involved. They went free, giving the rape industry a big boost in kerala.

17 May 2013

Pakistan is too serious a problem to be left to our TV anchors

When Pakistan cut off an Indian soldier’s head, our aim cannot be to cut off Pakistani heads. We should try to cut off the misplaced support Pakistan gets from other countries.

17 May 2013

Now China is taking on Japan too; is the army’s influence growing?

Xi Jinping has made all the right noises, but he is the first civilian leader in recent times to have direct military links. The initiative for the strong positions China has taken against its neighbours must have come from its military leaders.

17 May 2013

An efficient Prime Minister is not the same as a wise Prime Minister

If India were to be run for corporate growth alone, Modi would be the ideal pm. Unfortunately, India is too vast, varied, and complex to be run for the interests of only Indian businessmen, European investors and farsighted Chinese strategists.

17 May 2013

Artistes can exile themselves, but battles must be fought at home

kamal Haasan cannot find in Los Angeles or London the audience connectivity he gets naturally in Coimbatore or Bangalore. His art is where his public is.

17 May 2013

When the State abets Communalism, independence itself is in danger

Fringe groups like this Sena and that Dal do not represent the great tradition of Sanatana Dharma. But they gain the most attention because they wear their fanaticism on their sleeves.

17 May 2013

Monsters became rulers in Rome too and see what happened there

When mayawati was thrown out and a young and educated Akhilesh became chief minister of uttar pradesh, it looked like a good augury. But all that happened was: A new set of criminals came in.

17 May 2013

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