Manual Scavenging

Not caste, but poverty factor   By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) Reports of death of workers engaged in cleaning and repairing manholes still make front page news in India, in the times of ‘Swachch bharat’. Recently, three persons died each in Bangalore and Cuddalore, two each in Vijayawada and...

MP Shames India

Main VIP hoon, tum kaun ? By Poonam I Kaushish “The officer should apologize…He threatened to complain…..I hit him 25 times with my sandals, tore his clothes and broke his specs….I have no regrets…I have many criminal cases against me….I am an MP and will not tolerate any insult.” Thundered Shiv...

GST Benefit

Pipedream, many taxes By Shivaji Sarkar As preparations for GST roll out begins, indirect taxes are likely to come down. In reality, however, the GST will not be one tax but a combination of many taxes and cess. The rates also will not be one. The GST Council has decided on...

Lucky 8 For Modi

Sceptics wrong on economy By Shivaji Sarkar The number eight has proved decisive for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. On November 8 he declared demonetisation of high value notes leading to his worst criticism by skeptics. He came victorious on March 8, the final date of recent Assembly polls as voters of...

Right To Water

Sustainable use critical   By Dhurjati Mukherjee Whether the third world war will be played over water is unknown, but the growing water scarcity of a burgeoning population has become a reality. Specially important is the rapid growth of Third World countries where water scarcity has already become a major problem. Experts...

Marathi “Classical Language”

Parliament Spotlight Demands for Marathi be granted “classical language” status, increase of allocation of IPS officers in Odisha, compensation for farmers in Rajasthan reeling under crop destruction, raising the MSP price for farmers for Toor dal in Karnataka were made among others, by members in the Lok Sabha today. The Maharashtra...

Don’t Sit Idle

Jaane bhi do yaroan By Poonam I Kaushish “Na mein khali baithunga, na main baithne doonga,” Indefatigable Prime Minister Modi’s new edict in a country where work is a dirty four letter word that has been erased from our collective psyche. He has hit bull’s eye as all one needs is...

Goa, Manipur Conundrum

Congress’ own making!   By Insaf The goof-up in Goa and Manipur is of Congress’ own making. And it’s of no use crying over spilt milk! The grand old party may scream hoarse of ‘use of money power’ and ‘murder of democracy’ in these two States, but it has only itself to...

BJP Juggernaut

Wake up call for Cong, others By Dhurjati Mukherjee The landslide victory of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarkhand comes as a big morale booster for the party. Further, its swift claim to form government in Goa and Manipur, even though it was not the single largest party, speaks...

Spotlight UP

Contest with a difference By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) Spotlight continues to be on Uttar Pradesh among the five States where polls were, stealing maximum attention due to the massive victory of the BJP after 15 years. This time the State has not displayed the dominant characteristics commonly...

Reserve Currency

Gold can’t be hedged out By Shivaji Sarkar Demonetisation, stricter Indian Government rules and positive US economic figures have led to a fall in gold demand as well as its prices worldwide. Yet, gold remains the most sought after metal across the globe despite losing its sheen since October, 2016, shortly...

‘Congress Mukt Bharat’

Will bjp inch closer to goal? By Insaf Will Modi’s yearning for “Congress Mukt Bharat’ turn into reality? With the opening of the ballot boxes today, the much-awaited results of the Assembly elections to the five States will offer a probable answer. While almost all exit polls, give the BJP an...

Government Indifference

Action, not talk needed By Dhurjati Mukherjee It is indeed distressing to note the Government’s cavalier attitude in fulfilling tall promises, it makes to the people. We hear of lot of initiatives being taken by it through the media but it takes years for them to become a reality. The propaganda...

Microfinance Credibility

Need to take fresh look   By Moin Qazi   Microfinance has generated considerable enthusiasm, not just in the development community but also at political levels. The idea that small loans enable millions of poor people to pull themselves up by their bootstraps has captivated liberals and conservatives alike Inevitably, there has been...

Freedom vs Nationalism

Is this the new normal?   By Poonam I Kaushish In this theekha-dhoondhar no-holds barred ongoing electioneering in five States political Delhi was yanked back to reality when a rajnitik slugfest erupted in Delhi University over a college being forced to withdraw an invitation two Jawaharlal Nehru University students accused of raising...

GDP ‘Growing’

Junk it, adopt new indicator By Shivaji Sarkar The GDP is said to be growing. The rate has been varying with different agencies. All, however, remains, around 7 per cent – plus minus 0.25 to 0.5 per cent. The latest Central Statistical Office (CSO) figure of 7 per cent is within...

Delhi Univ Fracas

Politicisation of education By Insaf Seats of learning are sadly turning into political battlegrounds. Nation’s capital Delhi yet again confirms this nagging trepidation. The ongoing ABVP-AISA students’ clashes in prestigious University’s north campus have further stoked the raging debate between right to free speech and nationalism. Be it Delhi’s JNU, Hyderabad...

US Immigration Policy

Blessing in disguise? By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) Along with the killing of a young Indian IT professional from Andhra Pradesh in Kansas, US, comes another report of a populist call from American President Donald Trump. He proposes to start a new political era of action concerning the...

BJP MAHA WIN

Fadnavis, undisputed leader   By Nikhil Gajendragadkar What the BJP has achieved in Maharashtra was unexpected. By wining eight of the 10 Municipal Corporations and 13 of the Zilla Parishads which went to the polls, the BJP has established itself as not just an urban party but a player in rural politics...

Rapes Constant Reality

Nothing has changed   By Poonam I Kaushish Circa 2012: A 23-year-old medical intern Nirbhaya is brutally gang-raped by six men in a moving bus, cruelly tortured in a bus and left naked as dead on a Delhi street. The incident generates widespread national and international outrage. And 13 days later she...

Global Cyber System

Unsafe, billions looted   By Shivaji Sarkar The world cyber system is unsafe and people need to be doubly cautious. It is not just in India, where 3.2 million (3.02 crore) debit cards were compromised in 2016, but the US Federal Reserve suffered more than 50 cyber breaches between 2011 and 2015....

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...
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