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Manmohan Singh, the ‘Ratna’ of India

   By Vijay Darda | 12-02-2024 Stepping away from politics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praises the former PM Let me recall an incident that took place in August last year. The Rajya Sabha was scheduled to conduct a vote on amendments to the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (Amendment) Bill. Despite opposition from the Congress, due to the

Now it is time for Ram Rajya

   By Vijay Darda | 29-01-2023 The newly-built Ram Lalla temple in Ayodhya has undeniably transformed into a national temple During the consecration ceremony of Lord Ram’s idol, skillfully crafted from the ancient Krishna Shila rock dating back to approximately 300 crore years, all eyes were fixed on Ayodhya, not only within India but across the globe. The sheer jubilation

Republic: What is our worth..?

   By Vijay Darda | 22-01-2024 The world’s first republic was born 2.5K years ago in Vaishali, India, during the Licchavi rule Recently, a news story regarding Kishore Kanyal — an IAS officer stationed in Shajapur, Madhya Pradesh — asking a trucker, kya aukaat hai tumhari? (What is your worth?) was widely circulated. This question was posed during a meeting

Karvan guzar gaya, gubar dekhte rahe…

   By Vijay Darda | 15-01-2024 Gopaldas Neeraj’s poems are a philosophy of life painted in the hues of love Listening to that sleepy-eyed poet with profundity in his expression late at night was never enough. Had he just recited a little more… we would have listened a little more..! This was the wonder of that poet, ‘shayar’ and lyricist!

Rahul’s yatra & alliance quagmire

By Vijay Darda | 08-01-2024. Will Congress be able to muster enough support to defeat BJP through its yatra from Mizoram to Mumbai? Hectic activities are going on in the Opposition camp in the run-up to the Lok Sabha elections this year. Two of these activities are more significant than the others. The first one is Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo

Come, let’s live in the New Year!

   By Vijay Darda | 1-1-2024 Do ask yourself whether something new is born within you every day? Vijay Darda This time, I was in two minds — whether to write about the Congress rally in Nagpur last week or about our personal life, where we are constantly sacrificing a lot in our quest to gain! The ones we want

Parliament… without a bowler

   By Vijay Darda | 25-12-2023 In a democratic process, it is difficult to imagine Parliament functioning without Opposition Vijay Darda When six crucial Bills were passed in the last week of the Winter Session of the Parliament in its new building, several Opposition MPs had been suspended from the House. Both the ruling party and the Opposition have their

Time to settle PoK issue once & for all!

   By Vijay Darda | 18-12-2023 Considering challenges that terrorism pose, another lapse in the security of Parlt is a very serious issue Vijay Darda This time I wanted to write in this column about the newly appointed chief ministers in four states as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Amit Shah’s unique strategy, which always throws

Broken idols are not worshipped!

   By Vijay Darda | 11-12-2023 Those crying foul over Mahua Moitra’s expulsion need to understand that Parliament is the temple of our democracy Vijay Darda Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra has been expelled from the Lok Sabha in connection with the ‘cash-for-query’ case. People making political statements about this issue should understand that the actions of Mahua Moitra precipitated