Here’s my column on the prime minister’s remarks of Somalia in reference to the tribals in Kerala and the merit of the controversy that followed. Devoid of political colour, the statement was on target.
My column on the Kollam Puttingal temple fire and the culprits behind the mishap. This was an incident that could have been completely avoided if the police were discharging its duty.
Here’s my column on the disappointing move of the Defence ministry to employ soldiers to construct two pontoon bridges over River Yamuna for a private event organised by the Art of Living foundation.
I am trying to reason with Aamir Khan through this article, over his sudden realisation of intolerance. But he never mentioned the reason for feeling intolerance in the country. It is surprising to note that he chose to keep mum when the underworld-Bollywood ties were exposed. He never condemned the activities of his friend Sanjay Dutt when he got arrested under the TADA provisions. He never thought whether it would raise intolerance if he acted with Dutt in PK. He even said he felt secure and relaxed in the company of this convict. Aamir never raised his voice against the senseless fatwa imposed on AR Rahman for composing song for a film about Prophet Muhammad. It is a fact that Aamir dislikes PM Modi. He had campaigned against Modi in the past and had endorsed a petition asking for a visa ban on Modi. Whether Aamir likes to hate Modi or not is up to him. But to further his thoughts, he shouldn’t have stated there is a growing intolerance in the country. Our tolerance level is much better than most countries, and the only times when we felt intolerance was during The Emergency and the Babri Masjid demolition. Dear Aamir, if I were you, I would have called myself a hypocrite, at least in the privacy of my bath. I hope you also do that.
Government levies a Swachh Bharat cess of 0.5% on continual services. Inventing new tax plans on continual services to generate money for new schemes is not a good idea. A responsible government should identify fund lapses, improper utilisation of funds, surplus funds, and one-time tax heads to route money to new schemes. The Swachh Bharat cess is a prescient warning that we might soon see additional tax on continual services to generate funds for other central schemes.
Aakar Patel cleverly drags Adolf Hitler’s camaraderie with Netaji into his claims and asks if Netaji is the same man who was enamoured by Hitler. Yes sir, he was the same man. Not just Hitler, the Italian chief Benito Mussolini had also helped him. Italian foreign minister and Mussolini’s son-in-law Count Galeazzo Ciano wrote in his diary, “Mussolini allowed himself to be persuaded by the arguments produced by Bose to obtain a tripartite declaration in favour of Indian independence. He has telegraphed the Germans proposing – contrary to the Salzburg decisions – proceeding at once with the declaration.” Netaji further won over Germany’s foreign minister Joachim von Ribbentrop, and at one point had support from Japan, Italy, and German foreign ministry in his effort to force Hitler into taking favourable decisions.
Read my column on DailyO by India Today.