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...

Nation’s Road Costs

Highway toll superfluous By Shivaji Sarkar India is almost ready to implement a unified indirect tax, GST. While there is no denying that businesses are likely to benefit there is need for many more steps to create one market. At the same time, growth will spur as many other taxes and...

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...

India’s Humongous Corruption

Growth & prosperity be damned   By Proloy Bagchi Corruption remains a major barrier to growth in India. This earth-shattering finding was made by an unlikely organization, the World Economic Forum (WEF), a Swiss non-profit based near Geneva. Its mission is supposed to be “... improving the state of the world by...

‘Criminal’ States

One third are Ministers Would one get a job with a criminal record? Never, but shockingly over 34 per cent criminals adorn the Treasury Benches in various States. Bluntly, out of 609 Ministers analysed from 29 State Assemblies and two Union Territories, 210 have criminal cases against them, according to...

Frivolous Court Cases

Govt move to curb litigation   By Shivaji Sarkar Government departments must cease to be compulsive litigants. The casual approach of “let the court decide” must be eschewed and condemned. The approach has a high financial cost, leads to pendency of cases and demoralises the staff. This apart, employees at different levels...

Unity Begins With U

Can opposition come together?   By Poonam I Kaushish “The worst thing in this world, next to anarchy, is Government.” Undoubtedly, Henry Beecher was a futurologist who had November 2016 India in mind when he uttered these words. Which so aptly describes the turmoil on the streets, endless queues for cash, left...

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...

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...

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...

Plight of Farmers

Focus on farm sector vital By Dhurjati Mukherjee There are many projections about the future course of the economy with different projected figures of the GDP for the coming years, but the plight of the farming community has not changed much. The recent farmers’ agitation in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra is...

Communal Violence, Yawn

Why we love to hate! What is with us Indians? Why are we so blasé’ about vandalism? Why do hooligans always get the better of us? As for our polity, their opinion or vacuous outpourings of angst or grief are just that. Vacuous. Why are we so hypocritical and helpless?...

Ishrat Jahan Political Circus

National security be damned! This is a sordid saga of one of the most infamous and controversial incidents of encounter killing in India. In the wee hours of 15 June 2004, 19-year old Ishrat Jahan and three others were gunned down in a joint operation by the Gujarat police and Intelligence...

Clinton Or Trump

Who is best for India? By Amrita Banerjee School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi The march of Donald J Trump and Hilary Rodham Clinton as their respective Party nominations for the US President in the upcoming Presidential Elections on 8 November has an air of inevitability. Their nominations have set the stage...

India’s Criminal Escape Artists

Have blood on their hands By Poonam I Kaushish Crime does not pay … as well as politics. And murder is the flavour of Ulta Pulta Pradesh new political season with Parties getting their arsenal ready for the mother of all electoral battles: 403 Assembly seats up for grabs early 2017...

Aspirational India

(Excerpts of President Pranab Mukherjee’s recent speech to students, faculty of higher educational & research Institutions & Officer training at Civil Services Academies) India is the world’s largest youth-populated nation. Over 600 million people in India out of a total population of 1.28 billion are below the age of 25...

Religious Trends

No longer unifying force By Oishee Mukherjee Marx had stated long back that religion is the opium of the masses. At that time, the observation was disputed by conservatives who found disrespect of the communist philosopher towards religion. According to them, religion was a belief that could guide them to a...

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...

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...

India’s Development

Vision needs realignment By Moin Qazi India is now poised at a critical junction in its development history, and needs a new vision for the emerging challenges. Gloria Arroyo, former President of the Philippines, in a scintillating address to her countrymen, once said: “We have to be bold in our national ambitions....
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