Towards Digital Wealth

Empathetic governance vital   By Moin Qazi The year 2017 is an important milestone for India and would mark the transition from a cash economy to a less cash and a digital economy. But the buzzwords like “less cash”,” cashless” and “digital” do not really convey the range and diversity of this...

Giant ISRO Leap

Earn forex, help digitisation   By Shivaji Sarkar The world watches India’s meteoric scientific rise. The scaling of heights by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) with placing 104 satellites in space in a single mission is not just a record. It makes the country proud as it leads the select space...

J&K Encounter

Army talks tough   By Insaf The faceoff between security forces and the local population in Kashmir is worrisome. The Centre is once again talking tough, after the State preferred to molly-coddle the stone-pelters during last year’s agitation over Burhan Wani killing. Having lost four of his men, including a Major in...

New Paradigm Budget

Tight rope walk for FM   By Shivaji Sarkar It is a tight rope walk. Finance Minister Arun Jatiley has the onerous aim of reviving the economy as also to ensure that fiscal deficit remains under control. It is a difficult task to push growth on shoe-string incomes. The expectations are far too...

Voters’ Day

  Punjab, Goa get rolling   By Insaf Punjab and Goa have set the electoral ball rolling today. With the high pitched campaign coming to an end on Thursday last, it is now the turn of the voter to make his final choice. The ruling parties have to face the challenge of anti-incumbency...

Disease Burden

Investment in health critical By Dr Oishee Mukherjee There has been international pressure to increase investment in health as the burden of diseases has been increasing with the rise in population levels. More than communicable diseases, the rise is particularly noticeable among the non-communicable ones, which includes lifestyle diseases. Obviously, the...

Protests for Jallikattu

Outburst of people’s power   By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) The nation has never witnessed such huge and spontaneous gathering of people from different walks of life peacefully demanding restoration of several centuries-old rural sport of Tamil Nadu – Jallikattu - which has been banned by the Supreme Court....

Black: Colour Of Polls

Who will bell the corrupt cat?   By Poonam I Kaushish Paisa phenko tamasha dekho! The song hummed by every Party as five States go to polls next month. Which has paid put to Prime Minister Modi’s war cry of eradicating corruption. After all black is the favourite colour of money which...

Andhra Special Status

Braces Jallikattu style stir   By Insaf Andhra Pradesh takes a cue from Jallikattu protests in neighbouring Tamil Nadu. Opposition leaders, student groups and even film actors among many others decided to up the ante for special category status for the State. They planned to launch a ‘peaceful protest’ like the Tamilians...

Road Safety Norms

Rules brazenly flouted   By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) It is a national shame to learn that India accounts for 11 per cent of global road accidents with about 1.46 lakh fatalities, which is said to be the highest in the world. We may try to find an excuse...

AAP In The Dock?

CBI, his master’s voice   By Poonam I Kaushish What is it about the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that has it always in the limelight? That too for all the wrong reasons. If the on-going tu-tu-mein-mein between the BJP Centre and AAP Delhi Government was not bad, another front was opened...

Move Against NGT

Hints at different budget   By Shivaji Sarkar The Narendra Modi Government has decided to nullify the anti-people and anti-growth decision of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) banning ten-year-old-diesel vehicles and destroying all 15-year-old vehicles in the National Capital Region. The Government, in the Supreme Court opposing the NGT’s order on January...

Bengal’s Land Protest

Litmus test for Mamata   By Insaf West Bengal’s ruling TMC is embarrassed pink. People’s protest against land acquisition for a power project in South 24 Parganas’ Bhangar area has come as a rude shock. Though work on the project had been suspended for two weeks, violent protests suddenly erupted on Tuesday...

Purity Of Elections

Removing religious smog   By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) The ban on use of religion, caste, race, community and language during poll campaigns is bound to give rise to numerous election petitions involving scanning through enormous amount of election speeches and campaigns adopted by political parties. How many results...

Railway Reform

Professional approach necessary   By Dhurjati Mukherjee With the Railway Budget integrated with the coming General Budget, it remains to be seen what importance the world’s largest carriers would get. There are various aspects of the Railways that need urgent attention but these have not been receiving adequate attention. The very fact...

Court Gets It Right

Netas: How do I get votes? By Poonam I Kaushish What is with us Indians? Why are we so blasé’ about secularism or pseudo-secularism? Why do we always believe our polity’s definition of it? Why are we so hypocritical and helpless? Questions which bombard us like staccato gunshots when we talk...

Wages On Record Are Unreal

Time to abolish income tax? By Shivaji Sarkar The BJP National Executive meet held in the beginning of the 2017 new year termed note ban a sacred movement and said that it would lead to clean economy. It is a momentous decision. All future references to Indian economy would be made...

Governors Role in Polls

Ease tension in society (Excerpts of President Pranab Mukherjee’s New Year Message to Governors & LGs) The year that has just gone by was a year of mixed fortunes. It began on a very promising note with the economy performing well, overcoming the weak global economic trends. GDP growth of 7.2...

Diversifying Agriculture

Raising farmers income vital By Dhurjati Mukherjee Finance Minister Arun Jaitley recently called for focusing on higher agricultural productivity through the use of latest technology and high-yielding crop varieties to help double farmers’ income by 2022. He also stated the need to revisit the incentive structure of farming, besides focusing on...

Poll Eve Politics

Lessons from split up   By S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) Assembly elections are to take place in five States Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh – between 11 February and 8 March. Coming in the beginning of the second half of BJP rule at the Centre, and soon after...

Why Can’t I Walk Alone?

Stigma thy name is woman By Poonam I Kaushish What is moral? And what constitutes morality? Do one’s morals end where another’s nose begins? Sizzling questions which have stripped India of all open-mindedness, equilibrium and tolerance to expose the Ugly Inhuman Indian Male. Else, how could we allow women to be stalked,...

Budget Anxiety

Focus on villages, tax cuts By Shivaji Sarkar India keenly awaits the Union Budget giving the much needed demand and production boost for all-round happiness. The wait is for new tax policies, public and private investment in both industry and agriculture, overall growth and what strides the Government will take with...

Poll Bugle Sounded

UP formidable challenge By Insaf Uttar Pradesh shall be the crème de la in the forthcoming big electoral fight in five States. The Election Commission has set the ball rolling by announcing the dates beginning February 4. While polls for 609 seats in Punjab, Goa, Manipur, Uttarakhand and UP are being...

Black Money Check

Note ban not an answer By Dhurjati Mukherjee A section of experts believe that like energy, black money cannot be destroyed, it can change form and that has actually happened. Thus, Prime Minister Modi’s crusade against black money has a long way to go. The demonetisation scheme had this as its...

Building Unitary Spirit

Challenge before Nation By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) Union-State relationship is entering a new phase. Take the recent case in Tamil Nadu. The ruling AIADMK took strong objection to the income tax raids conducted in the offices and houses of its Chief Secretary terming it as an “act...

Achhe Din Kahan?

2017 make or break year By Poonam I Kaushish Happy New Year! Will it be happy? Most important, where is our Pradhan Sevak taking India? Questions abound. Given that the promise of ache din with minimum Government and maximum governance has turned out to be an ephemeral mirage over the last...

Investing in Women

Way to a better world By Moin Qazi All lives — no matter where they are being led have equal value: Our Values, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation We know we cannot alter the value of a human life — but this belief doesn’t square with our actions. We live in a...

Permanent Water Tribunal

Speedy resolution of disputes By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) The Union Government is reported to have decided to set up a single statutory permanent tribunal to adjudicate all inter-State river water disputes. A bill is to be introduced in Parliament. This is a major decision coming in the...

Cashless Plot

Mncs enslave people   By Shivaji Sarkar “Terrorists are no longer public enemies’ number one nor are the drug lords, human traffickers, arms dealers, cyber terrorists or any other do-badder. Today, the biggest threat to global peace and security is physical cash, a means of exchange that has flourished for over 1000...

Liquor Policy & Trade

Wanted national action plan   By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi The Supreme Court ordered a ban on all liquor shops on national as well as State highways across the country. The licences of existing shops will not be renewed after 31st March 2017. In effect, the apex court practically...
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