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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2705

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Akhand Bharat Possible in a Different Form

Not many are likely to buy the ‘clarification’ given by the RSS that it supports the idea of an ‘Akhand Bharat’ in the cultural sense, not a forcible reunification of the sub-continent that was divided by the British before they left in August 1947. Ram Madhav, the BJP general secretary appointed to the post by the RSS to keep an eye on the ruling party, had set off an untimely controversy when the Qatar-based Al Jazeera TV network put out a previously recorded interview with him just after Narendra Modi had dropped by uninvited at Lahore to celebrate the birthday of his Pakistani counterpart and the wedding of his granddaughter on Christmas Day last year.

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Delhi’s Farcical Pollution War

Gamblers in India like to play with even and odd numbers. The gamblers would have perhaps found it amusing that even and odd numbers have now been given a legal sanctity by the Kejriwal government which will restrict the movement of private cars and two-wheelers on the basis of the last digit of the vehicle’s registration number plate in the nation’s capital. Come January 1, 2016, the owners of cars and two-wheelers will have to align the road movement of their vehicles with the day/date and the last digit of their registration plate.

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CBI Raids Leads To AAP Fire On Jaitley

The CBI raid on the office of the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, reportedly in pursuit of allegations against Rajender Kumar, his principal secretary, has led to an all-out war between the Aam Admi Party and the Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, who is among the more fierce warrior of the Modi government and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. He is ever ready for a battle with the opponents and loves to launch incendiary attacks on the Opposition. He not only believes that aggression is the best defence but also that one should never appear to be meek and humble or appear embarrassed by one’s own statements in the past.

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Can Another Session Loss Be Prevented?

The winter session of Parliament was written off as a bad loss with the BJP-led government and large sections of the media putting the blame almost entirely on the Opposition, especially the Congress, for yet another washout session. That may be questioned because the treasury benches have the larger onus of ensuring smooth functioning of Parliament. But the more important point at the moment is will Parliament be subjected to another flop show when it begins its marathon budget session late in February next year? It will be hard to bet on a largely trouble-free session next time around.

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The Dilemma Over Governors

In the season of political controversies the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa, made ample contribution by first advancing the winter session of the state assembly by nearly a month (from January 14, 2016 to December 16, 2015) without consulting the chief minister and then permitting a bizarre spectacle of legislators holding a two-day ‘session’ in a community hall and a hotel.

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End Double Speak

When in Pakistan Mumtaz Qadri, killer of the then Punjab Governor Salman Taseer, was showered with rose petals and felicitated by people who lifted him up on shoulders in the court premises some five years ago , the world was left aghast. Taseer was eliminated because he had sought clemency for a Christian woman who had been sentenced to death under the blasphemy law for having passed disparaging remarks against the Holy book. Taseer had been warning against the misuse of blasphemy law by vested interests.

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Winter Blues In Delhi

Even before the first wisp of the crisp early morning air hit Delhi’s autumn we were being warned that the capital would be facing its ‘worst’ winter with air pollution crossing all previous ‘danger’ levels.

Winter Blues In Delhi
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Red Faces On Indian TV Channels

Call it ‘hearsay’-based, but this piece is being written largely on the basis of what one has read or heard from trustworthy sources about events in our TV studios when Bihar assembly poll results started trickling in.

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US Throws Out Sharif's India Dossier

Before leaving his country late in October on a three-day visit to Washington Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had been jolted to the reality that despite the US willingness to forgive and forget all the duplicitous acts of Pakistan it was not going to give him an ‘India-like’ civil nuclear deal. It should have been clear to him and his name sake at the GHQ that the US was not going to revise its stand on staying out of the Kashmir imbroglio.

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Moving Towards Extreme Right Is Wrong

While we wait for Narendra Modi to usher India into the repeatedly assured era of economic Nirvana what we have witnessed since his inauguration in May last year is that the country is hurtling towards extreme ‘right’ and the society clearly polarised along communal lines.

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