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HindustanTimes Thu,21 Aug 2014

Khushwant Singh

A first lady for all seasons

Gursharan Kaur released Songs of the Gurus (Penguin/Ravi Dayal) by Arpana Caur and me at Delhi’s Le Meridien. As expected, there was a large turnout, not because of the book but to have her darshan and hear her speak, writes Khushwant Singh.

On a joyride to Solan...

As I hail from Himachal Pradesh, a trip to Solan, 60 km away from Shimla, didn’t excite me much at first. But the trip turned out to be really exciting wirtes, Chetna Joshi Bambroo.

Do you want India to be a Hindu rashtra?

Pakistan’s government has yielded to the mullahs, allowing them to impose barbaric, anti-feminist codes of conduct. India will be their next target, writes Khushwant Singh.

Promises meant to be broken

Barkha Dutt in A vote for a change (Third eye, April 25) rightly states that politicians lure people into voting with their false promises and impractical strategies.

From Uma with love — Gaumutra

It will be my lasting regret that I never achieved the eminence of a George Bush, Chidambaram or L.K. Advani to be honoured by having a shoe flung at me. Khushwant Singh elaborates.

Modi on the mat

There are many things in common between the mass violence against the Sikhs in 1984 and massacre of Muslims in Gujarat in 2002. If we had done the right thing in 1984, we would not have the same kind of thing repeated in 2002. Khushwant Singh elaborates.

Fantasies of a humdrum June

I’m dodging the one fantasy which occupies more time than others: who’ll be living on 7, Race Course Road? Will the melodious voice of Gursharan Kaur singing Gurbani still be heard in the house every morning and evening? Or will it be occupied by LK Advani, Sharad Pawar or Mayawati or any of the others whose names are being tossed about like confetti at a wedding reception? Khushwant Singh examines...

Morality, power and a discovery

All political parties have manifestos which spell out what they intend to do if they come into power, but once published, manifestos are put away in party archives to gather dust. They are taken out near the next election time,  brought up-to-date and put back again, writes Khushwant Singh.

What the Congress did right and the others wrong

Three factors contributed to the spectacular performance of the Congress-led UPA in the recently concluded general elections. First and foremost, the general perception of Manmohan Singh as an able and honest PM. Second, the vigorous campaign conducted by Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Digvijay Singh and others on issues that concerned the common people without trying to score brownie points against the conglomeration of opposition parties, writes Khushwant Singh.

My top priorities

Everyone of us has ideas on how we can liberate ourselves from the grinding poverty that has been the bane of our country. Over the years I have evolved a list of priorities which I would like to address to two groups of people because I believe that if they take them up seriously, we can change the face of India in the future, writes Khushwant Singh.

‘Jai Ho!’ competes to become millionth English word

On June 10, at 10.22 GMT in Stratford-upon-Avon (UK), the hometown of ace English playwright William Shakespeare, the millionth new word will enter the English language, reports Renuka Narayanan.

An impressive collection of new rulers

What I found most heartening about our new government is Rahul Gandhi’s decision to keep out of it. He has a much more important job in hand viz to keep his party on its toes, looking out for fresh blood and see that what the government promises is delivered to the people. Khushwant Singh writes.

Stamp out the fundamentalists, gently

Whenever I read of a bomb blast somewhere in Pakistan, which is every other day, I think of Asma Jehangir. I hope she is safe in her home with her family in Lahore, writes Khushwant Singh.

Is Daryaganj's Sunday Book Bazaar Dead?

On June 22nd, 2009, while the SHO of the Daryaganj police station was on leave, additional SHO Madan Lal ordered the weekly book bazaar to be closed. So is Sunday bazaar a histroy now? Mayank Austen Soofi investigates.

Reservations about women’s reservation

The very concept of reservations is based on the inability of some sections of the society to avail of opportunities open to them. And it is invariably at the expense of those who deserve them on merit, writes Khushwant Singh.
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