Presidential Poll

Battle shifts to south By Insaf All political parties are busy crunching numbers for the upcoming Presidential polls. While the Congress prima donna Sonia is lunching Opposition leaders, BJP President Amit Shah has taken wings to the South to woo allies. But with limited success so far. His first stop over...

Small Farmers’ Plight

Agriculture on reverse His speech if of mortgaged bedding, On his kine he borrows yet. At his heart is his daughter’s wedding. In his eye foreknowledge of debt he eats and hath indigestion. He toils and he may not stop. His life Is a long-drawn question Between a crop and...

New Silk Road

China’s global ambition   By Dr.S.Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) China is trying to assume leadership of globalization by taking big initiatives involving many countries in different continents on huge never heard of expenditure. Whereby, Chinese President Xi Jinxing has emerged as the champion of global free trade in his keynote address...

Modi’s Report Card

Healthy economy, job crunch By Dhurjati Mukherjee As the Modi government enters the fourth year of its term, its economic report card looks relatively good. When the Government assumed office in 2013, the economy was in a rather bad shape — growth had slumped to below 6 per cent, rupee crashed to 68.85...

Corruption Unlimited

Modi on rampage By Poonam I Kaushish Political India is beginning to resemble a leaking sieve. As notorious tales continue to tumble out fast and furious about Messrs Lalu and parivar, Chidambaram and son Karti, Congress’s Sonia’s son-in-law Vadra and spiced with allegations against Aam Aadmi’s Kejriwal. Trust our netagan to...

ESCAP Projection

India among world hotspots By Shivaji Sarkar There is good news for India. It remains among the world hotspots and the growth in 2018 is to touch 7.5 per cent, says the United Nations Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) report 2017. This year, the growth is projected...

Security In N-E

Policing, not militancy issue By Insaf The North East insurgency and militancy seems to be thing of the past, after Union home Minister Rajnath Singh gave it a thumbs up. At the annual conference of Chief Secretaries and Directors-General of Police of these eight States he, however, had a word of...

Corruption In Public Life

Politicians must alter outlook By Dhurjati Mukherjee Political corruption has once again come into sharp focus. Income tax raid on Lalu Prasad’s associates, CBI raid on P Chidambaram’s son Karti and allegations of corruption by Arvind Kejriwal from his ex-minister have hit the headlines this summer season. While Opposition may scream...

India-Lanka Ties

National, not state subject   By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) After a long gap of 28 years, the visit of Indian Prime Minister to Sri Lanka is an event bound to attract regional reaction as well as global attention. The visit is part of India’s mission to establish and...

Transgender Services

Dispel stigma, aid inclusivity By Proloy Bagchi One has to give it to a mayor for taking a very courageous decision: he will use the services of the transgender community for recovery of property tax from defaulters. For want of any more details, it is hoped the Mayor of Bhopal has...

Agitational Terrorism

Is Kashmir nearly lost? By Poonam I Kaushish Knots and crosses. Everybody seems to be busy playing this game when it comes to Kashmir. The Centre and State have been tied up in disentangling the knots. Partly succeeding and most of the time failing. For problems are not easy to cross....

NDA’s 3 Years

New India emerging By Shivaji Sarkar Three years of Narendra Modi Government is changing the economic paradigm. It is planning a New India campaign to continue beyond 2019. The mantra is connectivity – connecting with the marginalised and the poor through fast highways and roads, cyber routes, JAM – jan, dhan,...

UP’s Caste Cauldron

Yogi’s big challenge By Insaf All eyes are fixed on young Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi on his handling of the State’s latest tinderbox Saharanpur. Till yesterday a BSP stronghold of Dalits-Muslims, over the years it has seen many Dalit-Thakur clashes. But the latest three big flare-ups in three weeks, with...

Aadhaar Controversy

Why do we need it? By Dr.S.Saraswathi The Supreme Court is hearing a petition whether the Aadhaar Card should be voluntary or mandatory. After Section 139AA was added to the Income Tax Act which mandates citizens to link Aadhaar with their PAN (Permanent Account Number). Hence, quoting the Aadhaar number...

Transforming Railways

Govt on the right track? By Dhurjati Mukherjee The recent Cabinet approval to set up an independent regulatory authority augurs well for the Railways, which has for quite some time facing severe financial problems. The authority would recommend revision of tariffs and passenger fares, which successive Governments have shied away from...

Two Rapes, Two Verdicts

Whither equal justice? By Poonam I Kaushish You reap what you sow. This adage rang true as the Supreme Court last week confirmed the death sentence for four convicts in the brutal Nirbhaya case wherein a 23-year-old paramedical student was gang raped on a moving bus on 16 December 2012 in...

Swachh Bharat

Wider concept not cleanliness By Shivaji Sarkar India is one of the fastest growing markets. Low data tariffs are pushing smart TVs. The Asian Development Bank has predicted higher 7.2 to 7.6 per cent growth. This is all good news amid the spiraling sensex, which crossed the 30,000 mark. Well, many...

Gau Rakshak Dals

Karnataka joins bandwagon By Insaf Holy cow, Karnataka has sprung a shocker! The Congress-led Siddaramiah government has defended its law shielding ‘Gau Rakshaks’ to prevent cow slaughter in the State. This comes in the form of the administration urging the Supreme Court to dismiss a PIL challenging the constitutional validity of...

States Fiscal Deficit

Vital to generate resourses By Dhurjati Mukherjee India’s fiscal deficit has been brought under control though the States shortfall will increase marginally to 3.3 per cent of GDP in 2017-18, according to India Ratings & Research estimates. India’s combined debt of around 70 per cent of GDP is one of the...

Whither Political Parties

Wanted vigilant watchdogs By Dr.S.Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) The nation was shocked to hear of attempts to bribe the Election Commission (EC) by a faction of the AIADMK to get the Party’s symbol of “two leaves” frozen by the Constitutional body. The dispute over it is presently before the Commission. Amidst...

Cheap Generic Drugs

Vital to tackle diseases By Dr. Oishee Mukherjee The Government’s bold decision recently whereby doctors have to write the generic names of drugs and the Medical Council of India (MCI) issuing a circular to all medical college principals, hospital directors, State medical councils and health secretaries avowing any doctor violating these...

Naxals: Wake Up Call

Will Modi walk his talk? By Poonam I Kaushish Sitting ducks, a tale of how 99-strong CRPF troops were easy prey for 300 Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district last week resulting in 25 massacred. The second deadly attack in less than two months which left 12 dead and the third in...

Healthy Nation

Low cost nutrition vital By Dr Oishee Mukherjee It is a well-known fact that malnutrition and under nutrition is a big problem in the country and this need to be tackled effectively. As per the Global Hunger Index, 15.2 per cent of the population that is, around 215 million Indians, have...

MCD Elections

Bjp sweeps the broom By Insaf The Modi wave has put the local elections to the MCD under its spell. Notwithstanding it ruling the roost for over ten years and an abysmal record and seeped in corruption. True, at one level one can argue that while the Prime Minister had to...

India’s Thirsty Crops

Farms turning arid By Moin Qazi With climate change leading to searing heat waves across the country, India's weather pundits are starting to sweat over this year's monsoon prospects and the country's water equation. According to international water safety organisation Water Aid, India has the most rural people living without access...

Civil Services

Time for rededication By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) Prime Minister, Narendra Modi speaking to civil servants on the Civil Services Day (21st April), reminded them that the sooner the government would change from being a regulator to an enabler, the faster the challenge of competition would turn into...

Non-Performing Univs

Innovation, research vital   By Dhurjati Mukherjee The recent decision of the Union Government to assess 11 non-performing Central Universities, including Aligarh Muslim University, Allahabad University, Pondicherry University and Central University of Jammu is undoubtedly welcome. It is understood from the Human Rersource Development Ministry that these institutions would undergo an academic...

Lal Batti Is History

Red light to Vip culture? By Poonam I Kaushish “Every Indian is a VIP,” grandiosely announced Prim Minister Modi after the abolition of the abominable ‘lal battis’ and sirens atop vehicles of VVIPs and VIPs from the President, Prime Minister to the chota-mota two-bit neta, babu, inspector downwards last week. “Cars...

BSF Jawan Dismissal

Don’t shoot the messenger By Shivaji Sarkar Dismissal of a BSF constable for complaining about bad food on the social media normally should not be economic news. But it is hard economy. The constable was only trying to respond to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to speak up against corruption, which...

UP’s Babri Trial

Ram temple goes on hold?   By Insaf Uttar Pradesh and ruling BJP’s Ram temple promise has come into sharp focus on the national radar. The Supreme Court, on Wednesday last, put its senior party leaders Murli Manohar Joshi, L K Advani and Union Minister Uma Bharti, among others on a joint...
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