Jagmeet Singh Plugs Fortune Of Sheer As PM

Promod Puri “We’re not going to support a Conservative government; we’re going to fight a Conservative government; we’re going to fight it all the way. We’re ready to do whatever it takes.” With that straightforward and definitive statement, New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh has plugged the fortune of Conservative Party leader becoming the next … Continue reading Jagmeet Singh Plugs Fortune Of Sheer As PM

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NDP May Not Win Enough Seats To Support Minority Govt.

It is going to be a minority rule in Canada as neither the Liberal Party nor the Conservative Party is going to get the winning number of 170 seats as per all the poll indications. Meanwhile, the trajectory of New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh in recent weeks as the most favorable leader by most … Continue reading NDP May Not Win Enough Seats To Support Minority Govt.

Andrew Sheer A Leader Without Lifetime Experiences

Can a person get into politics straight after finishing school or college education? And sticks to that as a career. For most politicians, this is not the case. Before entering politics, they had careers in different vocations. This is called lifetime experiences in their professional fields. Moreover, this is of vital help in political pursuits … Continue reading Andrew Sheer A Leader Without Lifetime Experiences

JAGMEET SINGH AND CANADIAN CULTURE

An interesting interaction took place October 2 when a fellow Canadian in Quebec asked New Democratic Leader Jagmeet Singh to “cut off” his turban to look “like a Canadian.” In a poised and cool manner, which is the image he has created for himself, Jagmeet Singh responded: “I think Canadians look like all sorts of … Continue reading JAGMEET SINGH AND CANADIAN CULTURE

There Is Faith In Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau’s Ethnic Sentiments

His father, Pierre Trudeau, was an intellectual statesman. Justin Trudeau falls into that grade. The genes are there. He is a "thoughtful and intelligent guy", commented former Liberal leader Bob Rae. In his policies, we hope for better and more compassionate Canada. The clear majority gained by the Liberal Party under his leadership in the … Continue reading There Is Faith In Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau’s Ethnic Sentiments

EXCITING ELECTION STEAMING UP IN CANADA

As the starting gun was fired this week for October 21 election campaign, the ruling Liberal Party and the opposition Conservative Party are running almost neck-to-neck with 34 and 35 percent support respectively, according to the latest poll. Besides, this close-race pairing, another crucial dual emerging fast, is the 11 percent support for each of the New … Continue reading EXCITING ELECTION STEAMING UP IN CANADA

THAT SILENCE IS NEWS TOO:

The unrest and protests in the Kashmir Valley over the abrogation of Article 370 have made it insignificant the overwhelming silence and calm in Ladakh, Kargil, Jammu, Kishtwar, Doda, Rajouri, Poonch, Udhampur and other regions of the vast state of Jammu and Kashmir. The tranquil scene in these regions has a message in it. However, … Continue reading THAT SILENCE IS NEWS TOO:

NDP LEADER JAGMEET SINGH’S IMAGE BEYOND POLITICS

By Promod Puri The man is more than his round turban and drawn beard. He is also the most well-dressed politician among his peers in the Canadian parliament. Federal New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh is an identity reflecting the spirit and reality of the contemporary Canadian society. In the multi-religious, multi-language, and multi-cultural environment … Continue reading NDP LEADER JAGMEET SINGH’S IMAGE BEYOND POLITICS

Will Removal Of Article 370 Solve Kashmir Problem?

By Promod Puri Some action is better than no action. But this action is a big one, shaking the very status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The dillydallying over the Kashmir problem for over 70 years got some kick from the government of India with the announcement that Article 370 is removed from … Continue reading Will Removal Of Article 370 Solve Kashmir Problem?

Article 370: Its Future In J & K, And For Rest Of India

by Promod Puri The revocation of Article 370, which covered the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir by giving it significant autonomy, has been received with protests from the Kashmir region while both Jammu and Ladakh are quieter over the issue. Did not Jammu and Ladakh savor the special status too? Of course, they did. … Continue reading Article 370: Its Future In J & K, And For Rest Of India

Separation Of Jammu from Kashmir Will Prune Kashmir Problem

Apple and oranges don’t mix. They grow in separate regions and in separate climates. They have separate shapes and separate tastes. Jammu grows oranges, sweet and juicy. Kashmir grows apples, luscious and crispy. Put them together in a box. And market it as a product of Kashmir. That is simply deceptive labeling. It should be … Continue reading Separation Of Jammu from Kashmir Will Prune Kashmir Problem

Will Removal Of Article 370 Solve Kashmir Problem?

By Promod Puri Some action is better than no action. But this action is a big one, shaking the very status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The dillydallying over the Kashmir problem for over 70 years got some kick from the government of India with the announcement that Article 370 is removed from … Continue reading Will Removal Of Article 370 Solve Kashmir Problem?

Rise Of People’s Party Would Help Liberals

By Promod Puri The best thing which can happen to the Liberal Party in the October election would be the rise of Maxime Bernier People’s Party. According to the latest poll, the People’s Party has three percent support across Canada. And if the party gathers momentum, the kicked-out leader from the Conservative Party would significantly … Continue reading Rise Of People’s Party Would Help Liberals

Trudeau’s Advice To Muslim Canadians Can Be Tried In India Too

By Promod Puri It was quite a politically mature and bold statement from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of the Liberal Party urging Muslim Canadians that they should join the Opposition Conservative Party, volunteer themselves, donates to the party, and help its candidates in the upcoming federal election. In a statesman-like spirited message, Trudeau made his … Continue reading Trudeau’s Advice To Muslim Canadians Can Be Tried In India Too

TRUDEAU URGEs MUSLIMS TO JOIN CONSERVATIVE PARTY:

In a statesman-like speech at an Eid dinner in Toronto June 21, Liberal Party leader, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged Canadian Muslims to join the Conservative Party, help the Conservative Candidates, volunteer and donate to the party for the upcoming federal election. In his spirited speech, attended by the mostly Muslims audience, Trudeau said: “I … Continue reading TRUDEAU URGEs MUSLIMS TO JOIN CONSERVATIVE PARTY:

PM Modi Pursues Politics Of Hindu Nationalism- What Does That Mean

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is garlanded after winning the elections. AP Photo/Manish Swarup Sumit Ganguly, Indiana University Almost immediately after winning a second term in office on May 23, India’s Prime Minister Modi gave a speech making light of parties and individuals who had espoused secularism over the past five years. During the five … Continue reading PM Modi Pursues Politics Of Hindu Nationalism- What Does That Mean

THE MODI WAVE CONTINUES

A  juggernaut of all the resources and forces, while crushing the opposition, pulled the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) under prime minister Narendra Modi’s command to another massive victory in the just concluded India election. An army of hard-core members of the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), the leading partner in the alliance, disciplined media, unlimited … Continue reading THE MODI WAVE CONTINUES

WHY MODI AND HIS PARTY SHOULD NOT WIN AGAIN

By Promod Puri It is the institutional damage which is a primary cause of concern for the survival and functioning of democracy in India. The plummet of the Congress paved the way for the BJP to capture the power four years ago primarily by nurturing and exploiting its inherent strength in Hindu nationalism. It is under … Continue reading WHY MODI AND HIS PARTY SHOULD NOT WIN AGAIN

Why India elections are more about Modi than anything else

Britta Ohm, Université de Berne India votes until May 19, and Western media and opinion seem to be slowly waking up to the dangers faced by what is often hailed as “the world’s largest democracy” to constitutional guarantees. Like in other cases of today’s right-wing and populist authoritarianisms around the world, these dangers are not completely … Continue reading Why India elections are more about Modi than anything else

2019 Poll: BJP Leads In Social Media Use

In India, WhatsApp is a weapon of antisocial hatred Smartphones are a conduit for misinformation about the Indian election. AP Photo/Manish Swarup Rohit Chopra, Santa Clara University A general election in India, the world’s most populous democracy, seems a theoretical impossibility. Collecting the votes of nearly a billion people across a staggeringly diverse subcontinent has … Continue reading 2019 Poll: BJP Leads In Social Media Use

Why giant statues of Hindu gods, leaders making Minorities nervous

Indulata Prasad, Arizona State UniversityStatues – big statues, the largest in the world – are being built all across India. Like many public monuments, they attempt to convey history in a concrete form. But India’s new statues convey something else, too: the power and vision of one dominant group – and the vulnerability of others.That’s … Continue reading Why giant statues of Hindu gods, leaders making Minorities nervous

Coalition Politics In India More Than Fighting Election And Sharing Power

By Promod Puri Politics of coalition has been the norm in India for the last over two decades. So far, this has been essentially an alluring and opportunist wangling when political parties form coalitions with the sole intent of sharing power. United Fronts of Left and Right, Centre-left and Centre-right, or a mix of all … Continue reading Coalition Politics In India More Than Fighting Election And Sharing Power

Mueller Report Spares The Big One

By Promod Puri The Hindi phrase “khoda pahar nikla chuha (dug the mountain, got out a rat) or the English equivalent: much ado about nothing, is the essence of Robert Mueller’s partially-released report. However, in this case instead catch of one single big rat, the two-year-long digging did find lot more casualties, 34 of them … Continue reading Mueller Report Spares The Big One

Changing World Needs Changing World Orders

Many rituals, customs, and traditions related to our religions need a review for their practicality in our ever-changing world culture.Moreover, in progressive development, the call of humanity seeks to re-evaluate each of our religions, rituals, customs, traditions, social and political institutions, including Left and Right isms, which impart values and behaviors impacting our societies.   … Continue reading Changing World Needs Changing World Orders

Apples, Oranges & Kashmir Problem

BY Promod Puri Apple and oranges don’t mix. They grow in separate regions and in separate climates. They have separate shapes and separate tastes. Jammu grows oranges, sweet and juicy. Kashmir grows apples, luscious and crispy. Put them together in a box. And market it as a product of Kashmir. That is simply deceptive labeling. … Continue reading Apples, Oranges & Kashmir Problem

No Basis Why Indian Sub-continent Divided 72 Yrs Ago

Flip the coin and on one side India and Pakistan seem to be combating with each other forever. On the other side, they are sharing the same bread of common roots, common cultures, languages, and traditions. This love and hate relationship between the two neighbors is both as a result of natural and historic bonding … Continue reading No Basis Why Indian Sub-continent Divided 72 Yrs Ago

Leader of Choice

His image may be soiled by the media-branded “explosive” testimony of ex-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould recently, Prime Minister Justine Trudeau is still my choice of being the leader of the Liberal Party to win the next federal election in Canada. The alternative of the Conservative Party with its leader Andrew James Scheer is politically and … Continue reading Leader of Choice

Kashmir: India and Pakistan’s escalating conflict will benefit Narendra Modi ahead of the election

Sita Bali, Staffordshire UniversityTensions in the Kashmir region were already building after more than 40 Indian troops were recently killed by a suicide bomber. India’s “pre-emptive strike” over the disputed border on Tuesday – the first of its kind by India since it went to war with Pakistan in 1971 – has escalated the situation … Continue reading Kashmir: India and Pakistan’s escalating conflict will benefit Narendra Modi ahead of the election

DEADLY ATTACK BRINGS BACK KASHMIR ISSUE

Another targeted deadly attack in Kashmir. And that brings back the unresolved Kashmir problem up-front again. All the present and the past regimes in both India and Pakistan have not been able to untangle the issue. Perhaps, for the simple reason the ruling leaderships of both the countries don’t have the will to tackle the … Continue reading DEADLY ATTACK BRINGS BACK KASHMIR ISSUE

Politics Of BJP Damaging To India’s Democratic Institutions

  By Promod Puri It is the institutional damage that is a primary cause of concern for the survival and functioning of democracy in India. And that is the major contrast between the years of governance by the Congress Party with its united front allies and the present ruling power politics of Bhartiya Janata Party … Continue reading Politics Of BJP Damaging To India’s Democratic Institutions

Nationalism & Patriotism Are Inept For Contemporary Global Societies

By Promod Puri I have been an anti-national ever since I understood the nature of its allegiance to the country one belongs to. At the same time, I am not a patriot either with its blurred image as it is often a consequence of nationalism. Patriotism and nationalism have obscure borderline between them. It is … Continue reading Nationalism & Patriotism Are Inept For Contemporary Global Societies

When Immigrants Become Anti-immigrants

By Promod Puri With compassionate temperament, an immigrant is not expected to be an anti-immigrant. But without that sentiment, immigrants can be anti-immigrant. Or they are selective in their prejudiced choice of immigrants. The sentiment of humanism over time fades as mindset attitudes toward fellow human beings based on religion and ethnicity take over. The … Continue reading When Immigrants Become Anti-immigrants

CANADA’S TWITTER ATTACK ON S.ARABIA SEEMS HYPOCRITICAL

by Promod Puri Canada’s Twitter diplomacy in condemning Saudi Arabia has not affected the latter's tormented human rights record, especially against women. Instead, it generated anger and overreaction from the Saudi leadership resulting with lightning speed the withdrawal of diplomats, investment and trade, stopping of flights and immediate return of the Kingdom’s students from Canada. … Continue reading CANADA’S TWITTER ATTACK ON S.ARABIA SEEMS HYPOCRITICAL

IMRAN KHAN, PAKISTAN, INDIA AND KASHMIR

Popular cricketer of yesteryears and a determined political activist to crack the status quo of two-party domination is now the prime minister-elect of Pakistan. The country looks forward to an era of peace and prosperity as promised by Imran Khan for its impoverished people. While Pakistan seems to be poised for an effective change, neighboring … Continue reading IMRAN KHAN, PAKISTAN, INDIA AND KASHMIR

Political Evolution Through Science, And Religion

By Promod Puri Evolution of any political ideology, and that should be imperative, involves almost all the natural and social sciences, philosophies, metaphysics, as well as the wisdom manifested in spiritual orders. It is in this integrated approach that the political spectrum of Marxism and Leninism, conservatism, and liberalism; capitalism and socialism, or any of … Continue reading Political Evolution Through Science, And Religion

Trudeau Establishes New Political Etiquettes

By Promod Puri When he said, the word “mankind” should be changed to “peoplekind,” there was something which seemed eccentric to many folks in prime minister Justin Trudeau. But his idiosyncrasy reflects his style which is not normal for most world politicians or public figures. Otherwise, which prime minister or president visiting a foreign country … Continue reading Trudeau Establishes New Political Etiquettes

AMID FUROR TRUDEAU CREATES NEW POLITICAL ETIQUETTES:

By Promod Puri Prime minister Justin Trudeau’s recent week-long India trip has been dubbed by most of the Canadian media as a disaster for no reasons on his part. It began the moment he landed in a country known for its traditional warm hospitality. But for Trudeau and his family, it was the most cold-shouldered … Continue reading AMID FUROR TRUDEAU CREATES NEW POLITICAL ETIQUETTES:

Side Effects Of Democracy

Democratic freedoms breed authoritarianism. Consolidation of power, achieved through democratic means, is a tempting phenomenon when regimes are slowly being wrapped up in totalitarianism. Nationalism is aroused, and the fear factor is introduced by scapegoating foreign enemies and targeting the minorities. To streamline the influence of fear several practices and arrangements are mobilized. Judiciary, the … Continue reading Side Effects Of Democracy

Politics Of Silence Over Padmaavat Cripples Democracy

By Promod Puri Silence is golden! But in India of today, it is not. Rather it is a political, social, and even communal contamination which is almost annihilating the very roots of democracy in the country. For leaders in power and those who are not, silence is a strategic political tool. In the recent maniacal … Continue reading Politics Of Silence Over Padmaavat Cripples Democracy

Does America Have Caste System Too?

By Subramanian Shankar Professor of English (Postoclonial Literature and Creative Writing), University of Hawaii Class system breeds caste. That is what happened in the Hindu society of India centuries ago when Manu froze the class stratification into caste segmentation. The same is happening in the USA as it is developing its own caste system. The … Continue reading Does America Have Caste System Too?

Democracy Damaged By Political Silence Over Padmavat

Silence is golden! But in India of today, it is not. Rather it is an epidemic virus which is almost annihilating the very roots of its democracy. For leaders in power and those who are not, silence is a strategic political tool. Both the ruling and opposition leaders have remained quite tight-lipped in the recent … Continue reading Democracy Damaged By Political Silence Over Padmavat

Cashless Society Can Be Catastrophic When Electricity, Networks, Security Fail

Excerpts from an essay in the Conversation by Jay L. Zagorsky Economist and Research Scientist, The Ohio State University A cashless society that solely uses credit cards, debit cards and electronic transfers is dependent on a complex network to replace physical money. This network requires three things to work all the time. First, there always has to … Continue reading Cashless Society Can Be Catastrophic When Electricity, Networks, Security Fail

Jagmeet Singh: New National Hero On Canadian Political Front

By Promod Puri      He is dynamic. He is bold. He is the inspiration and hope.  He is a man of conviction based on his Sikh beliefs. His appearance and dressing are guided by his self-confidence rather than from a fashion consultant, which is quite a norm for most political leaders. He is Jagmeet … Continue reading Jagmeet Singh: New National Hero On Canadian Political Front

Canadians ask: “is it safe to go to USA”

By Promod Puri Let me first position myself as if I were present at the Las Vegas country music show on the night of October 1st. Although, I am not a concert-going enthusiast, but I could join with the joyous music lovers attending the Route 91 musical festival. It was like a celebration, and when … Continue reading Canadians ask: “is it safe to go to USA”

Multi Aspects Of Balraj Puri’s Patriotism

by Ramchandra Guha (The Telegraph, August 19,2017) Balraj Puri (1928-2014) I have been thinking a great deal recently about the difference between patriotism and jingoism. The provocation - or inspiration rather - was a visit to Jammu to speak in memory of Balraj Puri - writer, social reformer and political activist - who embodied Indian … Continue reading Multi Aspects Of Balraj Puri’s Patriotism

Apology From Govt. of Canada

"Today, we are announcing that the government of Canada has reached a settlement with Mr. Omar Khadr, bringing this civil case to a close, "On behalf of the government of Canada, we wish to apologize to Mr. Khadr for any role Canadian officials may have played in relation to his ordeal abroad and any resulting … Continue reading Apology From Govt. of Canada

Behind Modi: The Growing Influence Of Indian Lobby

By Ashok Sharma Ashok Sharma, University of New South Wales, Canberra at Australian Defence Force Academy One has 32.9 million Twitter followers; the other has 31 million. When U.S. President Donald Trump met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House on June 26, Trump chose to draw attention to something the leaders have … Continue reading Behind Modi: The Growing Influence Of Indian Lobby

JAPAN COSTITUTION FORBIDS WAR

Article 9 of the Japanese Constitution (日本国憲法第9条 Nihonkokukenpō dai kyū-jō?) is a clause in the national Constitution of Japan outlawing war as a means to settle international disputes involving the state. The Constitution came into effect on May 3, 1947, following World War II. In its text, the state formally renounces the sovereign right of … Continue reading JAPAN COSTITUTION FORBIDS WAR

What does Trump have to do with the Hindu sacred syllable, om?

  Republican nominee Donald Trump was recently invited to a fundraising event organized by a conservative group of Hindu Americans, the Republican Hindu Coalition. A poster from the event, which describes the group as “Hindus for Trump,” portrays the candidate in a posture much like that of a yogi in deep meditation. It shows Trump, … Continue reading What does Trump have to do with the Hindu sacred syllable, om?

American Election Scene

Let us dump Trump and not see his face again. With American politics at an all-time low, it’s no wonder that game developers are taking to their art to express their discontent with the presidential race. The last time we had a presidential race, social media wasn’t nearly as popular as it is today, but … Continue reading American Election Scene

Trump Has Great Plan For America

  (Wamiq Misbahi in NY Times)Trump is a man with a vision for America, not a specific vision, a great vision…the best vision…Trump has a plan to make this country great again….What plan??….a great plan…a plan that will work because it’s the best plan…..Why???… because Trump knows good people…which people???….the best people….people that are not … Continue reading Trump Has Great Plan For America

An Overview of the American Election Scene

Following the American election is like watching a live theatrical performance of wit and idiocy. The ongoing show besides its elements of great entertainment and fuel for discussion, reveals the left-right extremes of current American political thinking and behavior. No doubt the most colorful and watched character in this spectacle is Donald Trump who impulsively … Continue reading An Overview of the American Election Scene

Evolution Of South Asian Canadian Designation

By Promod Puri Insensitivity and ignorance have been part of Canada's racist history. Immigrants, especially from the "visible minority" communities, not only faced racial discrimination in most aspects of their lives in Canada, but they could also discern reflections of bigotry and segregation in their epithetic labelling. In early part of the twentieth century immigrants … Continue reading Evolution Of South Asian Canadian Designation

Left Vs Right Ideologies

By Promod Puri What is swaying the world for the past several decades is the binaries of left and right ideologies with elements of power, ego and greed. These elements have been part of both left and right regimes from Cuba to China and Russia to the USA along with its allies in Europe, and … Continue reading Left Vs Right Ideologies

Genesis Of Kashmir Problem And Its Resolution

By Promod Puri The division of the Indian sub-continent in 1947 generated a persistent hostility between India and Pakistan, a hostility dominated by clashing territorial claims over the Kashmir region. On the international stage, the Kashmir problem is viewed in diplomatic, political, government and media circles, with the understanding that the region has a single … Continue reading Genesis Of Kashmir Problem And Its Resolution

APPLES, ORANGES AND KASHMIR

  By Promod Puri Apple and oranges don't mix. They grow in separate regions and in separate climates. They have separate shapes and separate tastes. Jammu grows oranges, sweet and juicy. Kashmir grows apples, luscious and crispy. Put them together in a box. And market it as product of Kashmir. That is simply deceptive labelling. … Continue reading APPLES, ORANGES AND KASHMIR