Balbir Punj


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

A reality check on Gujarat election

Monday, 20 Nov 2017 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

The game in Gujarat is on with Congress’ caste combination taking shape. The BJP, however, is banking heavily on its developmental model which is likely to pay dividends on result day The current political scene in poll-bound Gujarat is thick with allegations and counter-allegations by rival contesting political parties, as it...

Creator of Pakistan, a hero in India

Monday, 23 Oct 2017 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

It can happen only in ‘secular' India that a person who was responsible for the vivisection of the country is feted in all quarters The charade of ‘secularism' was at its peak in India last week when the country 'celebrated'the 200th birth anniversary of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, the founder of...

Striking at the root cause of terrorism

Monday, 14 Aug 2017 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

While the world lives under the spectre of yet another terror attack, a tangible solution to this menace remains elusive. Half-baked measures deal with the symptoms of the disease and not the underlying reasons While the world lives under the spectre of yet another terror attack, a tangible solution to this...

Kashmir valley: From nowhere to nowhere

Monday, 17 Jul 2017 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

Kashmir has lived with Islam-driven mindset since the time of Sheikh Abdullah. Faces and slogans spewing hate and violence may have changed; the ideological core that fuels communal disquiet remains unchanged The attack on Amarnath pilgrims last week was not unexpected. It was also not the first assault on the legendary...

Of dubious mindset and Islamist world’s actions

Monday, 03 Jul 2017 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

Unhealthy competition encourages Iran and Saudi Arabia to feed a mindset that runs the global terror machine. Against this background, can there be any genuine hope for a terror-free world? Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated Kerala’s most prestigious project: the Kochi Metro. It was the Marxist Chief Minister, Pinarayi...

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...


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