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Balbir Punj

 

Balbir Punj is a Rajya Sabha MP and a political commentator.

Minister of Magic and the Voldemort effect

Monday, 19 Jun 2017 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

Harry Potter’s creator would indeed be proud of the twists and turns that the Saudi-led Gulf nations have given to the Qatar tangle. Clarity on containing terrorism is missing As security forces in the United Kingdom (UK) swing into action against terror merchants of the Islamic State (IS), it would be...

Kulbhushan: A victim of Pakistan’s power play

Monday, 05 Jun 2017 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

Last time, during the Kargil misadventure, Atal Bihari Vajpayee did not give Sharif a single face-saver despite the then US President's appeal. This time, Sharif is facing an even tougher New Delhi The core of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s sordid episode lies in the Pakistan establishment’s politics over the Prime Minister-Army-Mullah upstaging one...

On gender parity, the Constitution matters

Monday, 22 May 2017 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

With all pretensions dropped, the dividing line between the ‘secularists' and Islamic fundamentalists has just disappeared. Both are two sides of the same coin The last week in India once again brought out the ugly warts that cover the face of India’s perverted ‘secularism’. Financial skulduggery by two ‘secular’ icons —...

Indian response must be calculated, strong

Monday, 08 May 2017 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

The mutilation of bodies of Indian soldiers has less to do with India and more to do with the intensifying civil-military conflict in Islamabad. India needs to be calm and execute a considered response This is second time in a row that this column is discussing about Kashmir, where large-scale combing...

History is there, we fail to learn lessons

Monday, 24 Apr 2017 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

No short-cuts like Central rule or changes in the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act will win people's minds in Kashmir. A firm demonstration to defeat jihadi ideology alone will turn the tide back With the violence-wrapped low poll in the Srinagar constituency in Jammu & Kashmir, prophets of doom are back...

Court judgement that’s whimsical, impractical

Monday, 10 Apr 2017 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

The loss of revenue for the States is not the only issue involved in the apex court's controversial verdict on highway pubs. The criticism has come on the ground that it is an instance of judicial over-reach The most interesting news items related to the Supreme Court’s verdict on preventing deaths...

London horror: West must stop self-kicking

Monday, 27 Mar 2017 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

When mosques of one faction in Pakistan, where Islam is a religion, are attacked everyday by another, jihadi brain-washing comes home to roost against Islam itself. This is what must be learnt from the London attack The Islamist terror strike on Parliament building in London was the way this global menace...

Radicalisation, isolation of Muslim youth

Monday, 13 Mar 2017 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

The moot question in the sweep of Islamist radicalisation and barbarism across the world and in India is how to disengage this ill-wind from the Muslim community. In Indian context, can radicalisation be prevented In the present context of movements within the Muslim community in India to compartmentalise itself from other...

Crimes against women: Debunking perception

Monday, 27 Feb 2017 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

Social attitudes about women must change; but this change has to come through behavioural approach. While laws against crimes against women need to be implemented without prejudice, there are no short-cuts Very often, analysts tend to attribute rising incidents of attack on women to widespread poverty in the country or to...

Selective amnesia of gender rights activists

Monday, 13 Feb 2017 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

What is the mystery behind the self-proclaimed social activists giving a miss to the important development of opposition to women's reservation in Nagaland civic polls? What is the secret behind the silence? While the media in Delhi and elsewhere in the country continues to focus on the ongoing Assembly polls in...


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