Balbir Punj


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

Pakistan polls, Chinese encirclement and India

Monday, 02 Jul 2018 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

Irrespective of what happens in Pakistan polls, it is certain that the Army and Islamic clergy will continue to call the shots in the strife-ridden country and its policy of bleeding India will remain unchanged As Pakistan’s eastern neighbour, New Delhi cannot close its eyes to political and social developments that...

Can India, Pakistan learn from Trump-Kim summit?

Monday, 18 Jun 2018 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

Talks are the flavour of the moment. But till Pakistan is subject to the sway of its Army, militant Islamists and China, Indo-Pak dialogue will not be fruitful Both showmen, US President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, have met at Singapore and according to Trump, created history...

Engaging China to push for a win-win outcome

Monday, 07 May 2018 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

We will have to wait and watch for the results of the Wuhan Summit but Prime Minister Modi has certainly set the agenda Even his worst critics will give Prime Minister Narendra Modi at least two cheers for his recent diplomatic achievement in lifting the India-China relationship above the common bitterness...

In political mess, DMK invokes secession ideas

Monday, 23 Apr 2018 | Balbir Punj | in Edit

For the DMK, call for secession from the Indian Union is the mantra for its political revival. But the idea of Dravida Nadu is long past the glory it enjoyed under Ramaswamy Naicker From deciding to put up a joint front before the Finance Commission against successive reduction in their share...

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...


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