Balbir Punj


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

Pakistan’s cruel ploy on Hafiz Saeed

Monday, 09 Apr 2018 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

We must face the hard fact that our western neighbour, equipped with nuclear weapons, is only waiting to unload them on our territory in fulfilment of its self-imposed historic role of Islamising India Only the uninitiated and gulible would have been shocked following a Pakistan Court order last Thursday, directing the...

Running with hares and hunting with hounds

Monday, 26 Mar 2018 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

The political resolution adopted by the Congress at the plenary session displayed its eagerness to grab power but those on the ground are not so sure it can Buoyed by a few key by-poll successes in the Hindi heartland of the country, Congressmen and women, who thronged the Indira Gandhi Indoor...

Of falling statues and vanishing ideologies

Monday, 12 Mar 2018 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

The people in the North-East have responded to the BJP’s call, on which it will have to deliver, that it is development that is first and foremost It would do no one any good if the avalanche of change that has swept through the North-east of the country is seen as...

Gulf diplomacy: Signs of a changing world

Monday, 26 Feb 2018 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

Modi’s upholding of the two-nation solution in Palestine was timely not only to rebalance India's diplomacy in the most turbulent region of the world but also to silence his critics back home While the national media is naturally focused on banking scams adding to thousands of crores, a major development...

Another victim in a country of ‘no love’

Monday, 12 Feb 2018 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

Ankit’s brutal murder in Delhi has raised some pertinent questions surrounding inter-faith marriages and the right to conversion which Islamic theologians must answer The recent brutal murder of young photographer Ankit Saxena in West Delhi’s Khyala area by the family of his Muslim girlfriend Shehzadi has thrown the ongoing ‘secular’ narrative...

India regains centre at Davos meet

Monday, 29 Jan 2018 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

For all naysayers, in India and abroad, who have criticised Modi’s Davos visit, the Prime Minister has captured the centre at Davos among top international investors and unstable governing coalitions abroad The arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Davos world business summit has coincidentally timed with the International...

Visits that break the mould

Monday, 15 Jan 2018 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

With Netanyahu’s trip to India, the Modi Government seems to have succeeded in divesting the country of the last vestiges of Nehruvian foreign policy The four-day visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to India, which began at New Delhi yesterday, is all set to be an important turning point in...

A tale of two cities: Ayodhya and Jerusalem

Monday, 18 Dec 2017 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

While the world is gearing up to welcome yet another year, two ancient cities, which have lots in common in terms of travails and trauma they have suffered, are undergoing civilisational trials While the world is busy getting ready to welcome 2018, two ancient cities — Ayodhya and Jerusalem — have...

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...


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