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ਸਖ਼ਾਵਤੀ ਹੋਣ ਨਾਲੋਂ ਸੂਝਵਾਨ ਸਰਕਾਰ ਭਲੀ


ਗੋਬਿੰਦ ਠੁਕਰਾਲ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਦੇ ਮੁੱਖ ਮੰਤਰੀ ਕੈਪਟਨ ਅਮਰਿੰਦਰ ਸਿੰਘ ਆਪਣੀ ਨਿੱਜੀ ਜ਼ਿੰਦਗੀ ਵਿੱਚ ਬੜੇ ਸਖ਼ਾਵਤੀ ਬੰਦੇ ਹਨ ਅਤੇ ਜੀਵੇ ਵੀ ਇਸੇ ਢੰਗ ਨਾਲ ਹੀ ਹਨ। ਚਾਹੇ ਸੀਮਿਤ ਢੰਗ ਨਾਲ ਹੀ ਸਹੀ, ਪੰਜਾਬ ਦੇ ਭਲੇ ਲਈ ਵੀ ਉਹ ਜਜ਼ਬੇ ਪੱਖੋਂ ਪੂਰੀ ਦਰਿਆਦਿਲੀ ਦਿਖਾ ਰਹੇ ਹਨ ਜਿਸ ਦੀ ਸੰਕਟ ਵਿੱਚ ਫਸੇ ਇਸ ਸੂਬੇ ਨੂੰ ਜ਼ਰੂਰਤ ਵੀ ਹੈ। ਪਰ ਪੰਜਾਬ ਨੂੰ ਲਾਜ਼ਮੀ ਤੌਰ ...

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Ajmer Aulakh gave voice to marginal farmers’ woes


NOBODY else, before Ajmer Aulakh, (born in 1942), had the same vantage point. Playwrights and other writers only talked about poverty and the exploitation of the rural poor and the plight of peasantry without actually immersing themselves into their deep-rooted and complex problems. Punjabi drama, before him, had learnt only about two categories of the farming community: the landlords and ...

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It’s a farmers’ movement in Maharashtra, not a strike


SOMETHING unusual happened last week. Farmers in Maharashtra organised an amazing ‘strike’. Last month farmers in a village of Ahmednagar decided that they would stop sending their produce — food grains, vegetables, etc. – to cities from June 1. Soon, the call was adopted by the farmers of the entire district. Before anyone could realise, this resolve had extended to ...

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Pride and prejudice: In UK, South Asians as estranged as ever

Rohit Mahajan Indians and Pakistanis and Bangladeshis have brought their prejudices and centuries-old petty fights over belief and ethnicity and language to the UK. This is an English summer of discontent, marked by fear of terror and a hotly-contested general election. There’s also the Champions Trophy, with four out of eight teams coming from the Indian Subcontinent. The debates and ...

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KPS Gill was decisive and divisive


When on Friday afternoon we learnt of KPS Gill’s demise, my colleagues immediately contacted very many of his former colleagues with a request for an assessment of this man, who alone answered to the “supercop” moniker. A few agreed but quite a few declined, politely but clearly. It appeared that his detractors outnumbered his admirers. That is not surprising. After ...

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