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...

Digital Inclusion

Step up on e-villages   By Dhurjati Mukherjee It is generally accepted that digital inclusion leads to economic development and in the process weeds out corruption and other malpractices. After demonetisation, the emphasis on the country turning digital has been reinforced by the Prime Minister. There can be no denying that digital...

Parliament Freezes

Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde Syndrome By Sabina Inderjit Winter session of Parliament being a washout was a foregone conclusion. The Opposition changing its stance on discussion over demonetisation in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha too didn’t come as a surprise. There simply wasn’t a cohesive strategy. Their...

Netas Vs People

Cash Apartheid By Poonam I Kaushish Q: What turns black money into white? A: A political Party’s washing machine. This my dear readers is the sum total of the Modi Government’s latest order Friday last exempting Parties from depositing the banned old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes in their bank accounts...

US Rate Hike

Double whammy for economy By Shivaji Sarkar The US Federal Reserve rate hike of 0.25 per cent is likely to have an impact on the Indian economy with increased outflow of foreign portfolio and institutional investors. It may also, in the course of time, force a raise in rates in India....

Notebandi & Jugaad

States checkmate Modi   By Insaf Reports from across States showcase Modi’s ‘notebandi’ being checkmated by the Indian ‘jugaad’. Sadly, while the common man stands in long queues to get his hands on his own hard-earned cash, Income Tax and Enforcement authorities are having a field day recovering unaccounted money and worse...

HC On Triple Talaq

Well begun is half done By Oishee Mukherjee The recent judgment of the Allahabad High Court on triple talaq has come at a very opportune time when the Supreme Court is examining the issue, with women and social activists demanding it be abolished. In an observation, Justice Suneet Kumar had stated...

Post-Amma AIADMK

State of inner party democracy   By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) Even before completion of the last rites of Jayalalithaa, one of the most popular Chief Ministers the country has seen, speculation was rife over succession to the post held by her. Consensus was reached in astonishing speed evidently...

The Defence Dynasty

Security slushed out   By Poonam I Kaushish History repeats itself a la Bofors. Today the Rs 64 crores has magnified to the Rs 3,600-crores Choppergate. Both standing testimony to military perfidy. Leaving one angry and astonished about the power of greed, over and over again. In a sinking morass of déjà...

Interest Rates Retained

Stalling further shocks   By Shivaji Sarkar The Reserve Bank of India has been sanguine in not changing the interest rates amidst clamour from depositors to raise it and the industry to reduce it. The Monetary Policy Committee meeting also noted that there might be some drop in the GDP growth because...

Tamil Nadu’s Loss

Warning bells for parties   By Insaf Tamil Nadu is devastated. Its iconic leader Jayalalitha’s passing away has put a big question mark on the functioning of the Government for the next four years as well as the AIADMK’s future. Will politics change in the State, after five long decades, is the...

Overhauling Drug Policy

Aim for affordable medicines By Dhurjati Mukherjee The Union Government’s plans to overhaul the drug policy and ease regulatory framework may well be prescription of trouble for the common man. The change is going to impact access to affordable medicines, specially for the economically weaker sections and the lower income groups....

Police Training

Ought to be value-based By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) It is imperative to bring about a qualitative change in policing and training of police. The opinion is of none other than Prime Minister Modi, which he shared with top police officials at the annual conference of DGs/AGs at...

It Is Only A Song

Much ado about national anthem By Poonam I Kaushish What’s in a song? Everything if it is the national anthem. This was strummed by the Supreme Court last Wednesday to instill “committed patriotism and nationalism”. Its another matter that the beautiful and melodious Jana Gana Mana is being turned besura by...

Cashless Transactions

Banks globally rake it in   By Shivaji Sarkar People in the European Union, the US and Australia are today fighting a different battle. They want freedom from market abuse by the banks, as they find the banks coercive and online cashless transaction a cause for their misery. Even Nigerians, Singaporeans, Croatians and...

CMs Committee

Will it bail out centre ? By Insaf An ill-prepared Centre now reaches out to States for better advice—to plan and help promote its concept of a “cashless” or less cash economy. With the Opposition holding up Parliament since 16 November over the demonetisation scheme causing immense hardship to the aam...

Embattled Farmers

India’s bitter harvest By Moin Qazi Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness.—- Thomas Jefferson Jefferson was one of civilizations wisest men, yet here he got it totally wrong. India’s economy may be soaring, but agriculture remains its Achilles’...
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