Heinous Crimes by Juveniles

Neglect of adolescent care By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) On the last working day, after wasting several days, the Rajya Sabha passed the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill obviously in response to public outcry and media pressure following the release of the main offender in...

Indo-Lanka Ties

A new chapter unfolds (School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi) India-Sri Lanka relations have not looked better, following Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj’s recent visit to Colombo. Not only did she chair the 9th Joint Commission meeting with her Sri Lankan counterpart Samaraweera fruitfully to discuss the entire gamut of relationship...

Nation’s Loss, One Man Gains

Let no Tughlaq rule Delhi The national Capital —- Delhi- belongs to the country and Delhiites are not its sole custodian. But Delhi suffers from Tughlaqs time to time. The latest Tughlaqi decision of odd-even road rationing of cars is not only illogical and illegal but is also crippling trade,...

Racial Attacks

Is India Afrophobic?   By Amrita Banerjee (School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi) With attacks on African nationals continuing to hog limelight, the crucial question of whether the world’s largest democracy is colour and race conscious has surfaced in mainstream political discourse. True, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj swung into damage control mode...

New Aviation Policy

Will it be a game changer? By Dhurjati Mukherjee India has the potential to be among the top nations of the world in terms of domestic and international passenger traffic. However, despite a strong middle class of about 30 crores and a rapidly growing economy, these advantages have not helped...

Land Acquisition Row

Jharkhand politics simmers By Insaf It’s now the turn of Jharkhand to get embroiled in the sinister politics of land acquisition. Four people were killed in police firing at protesters opposing the take-over of lands for coal mining by NTPC in Barkagaon, in Hazaribagh district. While the BJP-led government has...

46 Years On…

Poverty sells By Shivaji Sarkar Poverty sells even after 46 years of Indira Gandhi’s slogan “Garibi Hatao”. In fact, Prime Minister Modi’s demonetization is being seen by the marginalized and middle class as another opportunity to end poverty and establish equity in society. Notwithstanding, the problems galore people at lower end of...

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...

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...

Economic Conundrum

Poor taxed, rich subsidised The Indian economy has sharp contrasts. On the one hand, it prepares itself for a major surge by way of higher public investments, FDI and a push to agriculture through a better insurance scheme. And, on the other hand, it faces a major problem — of...

Game Changer Budget

Cut taxes to spur growth The Union Budget has changed the thrust of India’s economy whereby it stresses on agriculture for the first time since 1991, which began an era of liberalization-globalization for industry and manufacturing and neglected the farm sector. Undoubtedly, it is a fine Budget, but could have been...

It’s Raining Freebies

It’s Govt money, not mine, yaar! By Poonam I Kaushish It is a perfect electoral cake rolled out by various Parties to the strains of ‘Vote For Me.’ Iced with luscious lipsmacking freebies galore for one and all. From the aam aadmi to the debt-ridden kisan to the top tax payer....

Clinton, Elvis Presley, Cher

Roma: Children of India?   By Proloy Bagchi A Romanian film called “And-Ek Ghes” (One fine day) made by a Roma is an intimate tale of a large family that goes out on a sunny day with about 15 kids in tow to celebrate their fresh start in Berlin. A “visually chaotic”...

Political Tug-of-War

Delhi takes a beating   By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) Delhi, the nation’s Capital, has been the biggest loser in the tug-of-war between Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lt-Governor Najeeb Jung. This follows the recent verdict of the High Court, wherein the Aam Admi Party’s dream of elevating the...

Aam Aadmi in ICU

Polity runs out of balm   By Poonam I Kaushish Life in India is cheap, real cheap. With people falling like nine pins due to gross negligence, deadly diseases topped by Government apathy. Thanks to a Sarkar which doesn’t give a rat’s ass about the aam aadmi! Wherein, a death is dismissed...

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...

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...

World Happiness Report

Backward march for India By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) The latest report on ranking of countries on Happiness Index must have made our countrymen sadder for slipping from its low position at 118 in 2016 to further down to 122 in 2017 among 155 countries. India ranks lowest...

Need New Economic Movement

Will farmers get justice? The agricultural sector is still India’s largest employer as 58 per cent rural households depend on it for their livelihood. And yet, since the early 1990s the country has seen a spate of farmers’ committing suicides, nearly 300,000 have taken their own lives until 2014. Shockingly, over...

Kaam Haram Hai

India on holiday, enjoy! By Poonam I Kaushish Enjoy! Its party time folks. Put it down to mid-spring madness. India is on a holiday, thanks to Holi followed by Good Friday and the usual weekend. But this is not an once-in-a-while four-day break because we desis’ revel in our expertise of...

India’s NSG Membership

Not end of road, despite China By Amrita Banerjee (School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi) China’s announcement that it intends opposing India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) unless it agrees to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) is a rude shock as it comes just a month ahead of the NSG’s...

AFSPA Controversy

Has SC jumped the gun?   By Poonam I Kaushish Excerpt from an SMS reads: “Save State, save identity. Let us take oath, to wipe out the Army.” Welcome to the Gen Next version of militancy. Clearly, the chickens have come home to roost in distant Manipur last week. Tragically, exposing the...

Collapse O Judicial System

Common citizens’ worry   By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) The procedure for appointment of judges has become a contentious issue between the Government and the judiciary forcing the Prime Minister to come out with a conciliatory statement that there is no scope for any confrontation or tension with any...

Choking Politics

Delhi, a gas chamber By Insaf Welcome to India’s Choke Capital, Delhi which has transformed in to a gas chamber. As part of a slew of measures to combat the emergency situation arising out of severe air pollution the Lt Governor banned construction and demolition activities, shut down schools and the...

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...

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...

Human Development

Will Hindutva achieve results? By Dhurjati Mukherjee The recently released UN Human Development Report 2016 classified India as a medium development country, ranking 131, lower than Sri Lanka which was ranked 73 and China ranked 90, both in high development category. Inequality, multi-dimensional poverty and gender gaps appear to be factors...

Mindless Cess

Is budget deficit real? There is no denying that the demand for reduction in taxes is steadily growing louder. In fact, it has now put a big question mark on whether the Government’s projection of budget deficit over the years has been real or not. As yet another Budget is...

Farm Sector Neglect

Fm: Rectify biggest mistake India needs to put the economy back on rails. Towards that end, the country must break its self-imposed restriction on fiscal deficit. As also increase public spending, unleash domestic demand, strengthen rural and farm economy, keep a leash on bank functioning and recover bad loans. Its eagerness...

IPL Or India Pani Lapata

Parched throats beckon future “Mama, what’s the big deal about water? Just give them Pepsi instead.” A reaction of an eight year-old urban kid to the famine sweeping across the country. Words which reflect the tragedy and brutality of India today as 10 States battle drought, debt and death affecting...
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