Cattle Trade

Human rights vs animal rights By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) Controversy continues to rage over the issue of cattle trade since the Union Environment Ministry issued a notification tightening the rules governing trade in livestock and transport of cattle. The order is interpreted in some circles as ban...

Military Collaboration

India, a manufacturing base? By Dhurjati Mukherjee The Union Government’s resolve to develop and produce sophisticated military platforms and weapon systems under the ‘Make In India’ programme is indeed laudable and a step in the right direction. Recently, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley, addressing the ‘Technoprom 2017’ wanted Russia, being India’s largest...

Bahujan Bahumat

Sangh ideology in raisina hill By Poonam I Kaushish The old gives way to the new on Raisina Hill. Meet India’s 14th Rashtrapati Ram Nath Kovind, a BJP old hand. While the symbolism of his accession is huge it underscores an important milestone in our political history which till date has...

Boom And Bust

Stocks upsurge, Economic mayhem? By Shivaji Sarkar The stock market is booming. It is said to be a global trend, despite not so boom in the world economy. Why and how is this happening? Is it real or an indication of a global crash? Whatever goes up comes down, is the...

One Flag, One Nation

Karnataka gives a damn By Insaf Karnataka has created a flutter, gearing for a faceoff with New Delhi. Congress government of Siddaramaiah sprung a surprise on Tuesday last, saying there will be a State flag! A panel has been set up to submit a report on its ‘designing and legal standing’....

Mergers & IBC

Turning around banking sector By Dhurjati Mukherjee As is generally agreed, the banks form the bedrock of the financial sector of a country. As such, the recent decision to merge smaller banks with the larger ones such as Punjab National Bank, Bank of Baroda and Canara Bank, to gear up efficiency...

G20 Summit

Win some, lose some By Dr D K Giri (Visiting Prof, International Politics, JMI) India perhaps is finally being noticed by the big powers. For the first time, it smartly played its part and secured a sort of diplomatic victory at the recent G20. It managed to insert an anti-terrorism objective for...

‘Power’ of Corruption

What has morality got to do with it? By Poonam I Kaushish This is ludicrous. Look at the inequity of the system. A 10th class fail is Bihar’s Dy Chief Minister and a person who got 89 marks instead of 90 is rejected by the Teachers Recruitment Board in Tamil Nadu....

Economy Blues

End I-T, boost growth By Shivaji Sarkar Major concerns shadow the Indian economy. The Central Statics Organisation figures speak of both low inflation and industrial growth. The RBI is skeptical and is keen on maintaining, if not raising interest rates. And, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says the economy may slow...

Dalit Sufferings

Wanted deeds, not symbolism By Dhurjati Mukherjee Notwithstanding that next week's presidential election is a foregone conclusion with Ram Nath Kovind to be the next incumbent of Rashtrapati Bhavan, questions have arisen whether the attitude of the NDA towards dalits would truly see a drastic change. Only by electing a dalit...

Preventing Suicide

Human, not tech intervention By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) The use of smart phone apps for suicide prevention, ever since the launch of iBobbly in Australia, is receiving attention in India which is identified as one of the top suicide capitals in the world. Some believe that technology...

Right to Repair

Campaign India too needs By Shivaji Sarkar Not so long ago, an Indian excelled in “jugaad” also called the Ludhiana technology. Indian semi-skilled techies ruled the repair and innovation business. It found takers even in the West. Unmistakably, ‘jugaad’ developed into a billion dollar industry, providing jobs and business. But now...

India-Israel Ties

From closet to closest ally? Dr D K Giri (Visiting Prof, International Politics, JMI) Narendra Modi’s visit to Israel, first ever by an Indian Prime Minster is indeed an historic event, for both countries. Modi was given the top-most reception with the ‘highest protocol team’ led by Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu himself....

Child Labour

Expanding education vital By Dr Oishee Mukherjee India recently ratified two fundamental conventions against child labour — the Minimum Age Convention 1973 (No.138) and the Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention 1999 (No. 182) — at the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Geneva. With this, the nation became the 175th member...

Violence Rhetoric Of Today

Venerating false gods By Poonam I Kaushish How hypocritical is Mera Bharat Mahan. Two  incidents last week underscore this. In Srinagar a  DSP Mohammad Ayub Pandith was stripped naked, kicked, beaten and lynched to death by an angry mob outside a mosque for doing his duty, guarding separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar...

Niti Aayog Decisions

Half-baked, need rethink By Shivaji Sarkar The State cannot abandon its duties and abdicate its responsibilities. The NITI Aayog (NY) has to realise this basic point. Unfortunately, it is suggesting steps that are not in the interest of the poor and apparently is favouring abdication of the onerous task of universalising...

Mob Lynching

Stop: Citizens to centre By Insaf Enough is enough! This is the terse message ordinary citizens across State capitals have sent to the Centre. Thousands of people joined the ‘Not In My Name’ campaign started on social media to protest against the growing culture of mob lynching in the garb of...

Presidential Poll

Test for party alliances? By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) The official announcement of the Presidential candidates by the NDA and Opposition after much speculation and anxious wait has set the ball rolling for a reality check. With increase in the number of political parties and firm establishment of...

Power For All

Right resolve, but tough By Dhurjati Mukherjee The government’s resolve to provide electricity to every household in the country by May next year is well meaning but achieving the target seems rather tough. There are still 300 million people in the country who are starved of electricity, as stated by President...

Internal Trade

GST must end barriers   By Shivaji Sarkar “India’s internal trade GDP ratio at about 54 per cent is comparable to that in other large countries. India for nearly 70 years has affirmed and reaffirmed political “idea of India’, is de facto and de jure one economic India”, observed Economic Survey 2016-17....

Battle For Rashtrapati

UP Dalit vs Bihar Dalit By Insaf The battle lines are drawn for Rashtrapati Bhavan. It’s UP Dalit Vs Bihar Dalit and the NDA Vs UPA next round of elections, this time Presidential. Even though it’s a foregone conclusion that the numbers will see the ruling combine’s candidate Ram Nath Kovind...

GST To Roll

Will it bring tax reforms? By Dhurjati Mukherjee The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is set to become operational from July. Rationalisation of taxes is long felt need and the GST structure is expected to deliver. It would replace a cascade of 11 Central and State taxes with a concertina of...

Puducherry Declaration

L-G not rubber stamp By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) “If L-G is a rubber stamp, why send files to me?” asked Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry Kiran Bedi to which Chief Minister V Narayanasamy retorted, “Ours is an elected government that has the democratic right to govern”. The fight...

India’s Next Rashtrapati

Decoding Modi’s choice By Poonam I Kaushish Political campaigns are designedly made into emotional orgies to distract attention from real issues. This rings true looking at the political manoeuvres to find a successor to President Pranab Mukherjee. A game of cards with a miniscule Opposition waiting for the majority NDA Government...

Greedier States

Multiple taxes slowing economy By Shivaji Sarkar The State is becoming greedier by the day. It innovates ways to extort. Multiplicity of taxes, tolls and fees have become the norm. The banks, metro system, railways, airlines, public utilities and parking mafia et al have joined the race. Different States are increasing...

Constitutional Authorities

More corrupt than politicians? By Insaf Has Goa stirred a hornet’s nest? On Tuesday last, Chief Minister Parrikar proposed an audit of State electoral officers’ reimbursement claim of Rs 16.86 crore incurred during the February poll. To Mr Clean, it was “seemingly exorbitant”, as according to him, the officials had hired...

Plight of Farmers

Focus on farm sector vital By Dhurjati Mukherjee There are many projections about the future course of the economy with different projected figures of the GDP for the coming years, but the plight of the farming community has not changed much. The recent farmers’ agitation in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra is...

Farmers Suicides

Tall talk+ no vision = no action By Poonam I Kaushish Give a man a fish, he will eat for a day but teach him how to fish, he will eat for the rest of his life”, this adage aptly describes the plight of farmers and the chabbi to end their...

Banking On Economy

Search for new farm path By Shivaji Sarkar The country needs to adopt a new economic policy. The three years of NDA government has seen an effort to break away from the past. It needs more vigorous effort and wide discussion to chart out the new course. The change needs to be...

Monsoon Woes

Time for water governance By Moin Qazi Water is obviously crucial to every part of a society, but in India, over 600 million people make a living off the land. They rely on the monsoon to replenish their water sources. Rainfall accounts for 68 per cent recharge to ground water, and...
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