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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2731


Censor Board Fails to Ground Udta Punjab

They were making a film on Punjab which was supposed to be flying ‘high’ with its drug problem. The government-appointed censor board did not like it and clipped its wings, nearly grounding the film titled ‘Udata Punjab’ by its producers. But the censor board, especially its chief Pahlaj Nihalani, a self-confessed ‘chamcha’ of Narendra Modi, achieved just the opposite of what was intended by seeking many cuts in the film—89 in all with the strict order that the word ‘Punjab’ is deleted from the film altogether.

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What should be the Honorific for Our Ministers

The fire from the union human resource minister Smriti Irani, reputed holder of a degree from an Ivy League university, is faster than the shots from any Texas cowboy’s gun. Luckily, the rapid gunfire from the HRD minister comes in verbal form and so it saves any bodily harm.

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India Clueless About Ending Racism

Call it ‘unfortunate’ or ‘embarrassing’ or whatever, the killing of a 29-year-old Congolese national in Delhi is a manifestation of deep-rooted racism in India. It is a malady that everyone knows exists but nobody seems to know how to stamp it out; least of all the external affairs minister despite her penchant for extending ‘humanitarian’ help to all manner of Indians, including former cricket Czars.

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No End To Turmoil In Nepal

28th May is a significant day in the history of Nepal, as the country was declared a Federal Democratic Republic on this day in 2008, abolishing the 273- year- old Monarchy, and vesting all executive powers in the Prime Minister. The country’s Parliament was reinstated on May 18, 2006 after a popular Jan Andolan, ending the second spell of direct rule by King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah who continued as Constitutional Head till he was deposed.

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Towards A One-Party Democracy

The chorus eulogising the ‘impressive’ show by the Bharatiya Janata Party in the just concluded state assembly polls will in all probability continue well into 2017 when the saffron flag, so it is hoped by the party, will be hoisted in many more other states, especially UP. The adulators obviously support the BJP goal of making India a one-party state, without which, they think, the country, still under the grip of ‘anti-national’ elements, cannot progress.

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No More Advantavge English

Even ‘anti-national’ Indians concede that by virtue of it being the source of most Indian languages, Sanskrit should and does command great respect in the country. The government does not have to go so far in support of Sanskrit as to make it compulsory in schools, colleges—and IITs, as the human resource minister wants.

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Converting India Into Pakistan

It is a strange paradox. While the distance between India and Pakistan is increasing day by day, the country is being recast as a mirror image of its radicalised and paranoiac western neighbour. The present dispensation is speeding up this transformational project while refusing to see that it can lead the country, like Pakistan, with few admirers in the world in a not too distant future.

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B’ Desh Jamaat: Racing Against Time And History

The anti-liberation political party in Bangladesh, Jamaat-e-Islami is passing through the worst time of its history as its top leaders are being punished one after another for committing crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation in 1971 and the rank and file are extremely enervated. The party is seriously confounded and unable to carry on its usual destructive activities. But yet it is making motivated propaganda and is raising baseless allegations with a view to deriving political benefits.

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How Odd And Uneven, Kejriwal!

The Aam Admi Party justifies its name with acts that it thinks endear it to the ‘aam admi’ (common man). That is fine but there is a slight problem. Till it conquers a new territory, the party will remain a Delhi phenomenon and it has to take into account the interests of all. Many residents of the national capital may not pass the Marxist test of defining the ‘common man’ but, nevertheless, they have to be counted as part of the majority population of the less privileged lot in an urban sprawl that does have a crowd of the rich and the privileged.

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Sycophancy Is God’s Gift To India

If ever there was any doubt that sycophancy trumps everything else in Indian politics, it should have been removed when one of the top leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Venkaiah Naidu, repeated what he had first said in August last year: The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, is a ‘God’s gift to India’. For good measure Naidu, a former BJP president, had added that the 21st century ‘God’s gift to India’ was also a ‘Messiah’.

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