Anti-Corruption Steps

Maharashtra’s ‘vendetta politics’? It’s now the turn of Maharashtra to get embroiled in ‘vendetta politics’. With the Devendra Fadnavis government going full steam to clean up the system and clamp down on political corruption, the Opposition is crying hoarse. The Governor C Vidyasagar Rao’s nod giving the CBI the go...

Uttarakhand Hot Potato

Cong-bjp in battle of wits Uttarakhand is turning out to be hot potato for both the ruling Congress and Opposition BJP. This sordid saga has its genesis with nine Congress MLAs rebelling against Chief Minister Harish Rawat. With the Congress perceivably coming into a minority in the 70 member Assembly, Governor...

Election Promises

Jayalalitha on flying start By Insaf Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister Jayalalitha has got off on a flying start albeit by upholding her electoral promises. Immediately after her swearing-in, the AIADMK supremo ordered a slew of measures to underscore that she had meant every word of her commitments made to the people....

Congress in Saddle

BJP cuts sorry face in Arunachal By Insaf The BJP faces much embarrassment in North-eastern Arunachal Pradesh with the five judge Constitutional Bench of the Supreme Court reinstating the Congress Chief Minister Nabam Tuki’s Government thereby showing the door to the BJP-propped Government of Kalikho Pul. This is not all. It...

Uri Attack

Prepared for counter offensive? By Dr P K Vasudeva The terrorist attack on a military camp in Uri, poses yet another challenge to New Delhi. It has the potential to create a major crisis, even a flashpoint, in the relations between India and Pakistan. The attack, close to the LoC with...

Religion of Corruption

Any wonder, this kolaveri di!   By Poonam I Kaushish 18th Century French Queen Marie Antoinette famously quipped, “Give them cake if they don’t have bread.” Three centuries later, Prime Minister Modi has turned this on its head: Eat banned notes if you don’t have dal roti! As the three queues: one...

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...

India’s Growth Strategy

Vital to change development path India has the potential to be the world’s fastest growing economy over the next decade far outpacing China. This conclusion by the Harvard Centre for International Development indeed has come as shot in the arm. The findings are based on the country’s productive capabilities...

Universities In Crisis

Academic autonomy vital There is much talk about events happening in universities across the country. Though politics had entered higher education institutions a long time ago, recent developments ‘engineered by the NDA Government’ are a pointer that there is a growing vindictive approach towards the administrative system in universities. The...

War Against Tobacco

Economic benefits vs social welfare (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) This year World No Tobacco Day on 31st May is being greeted with a new set of norms governing sale of cigarettes in India issued by the Union Health Ministry even as it is all set to be celebrated with religious...

India’s Outrage Industry

Ouch! We are touchy George Bernard Shaw famously said, “Censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions”. An apt adage amidst the swirling controversy raging over Bollywood film Udata Punjab which bares the brutal reality of the drug menace in the State. Obviously, the Central Board of...

Cow: Political Ping-Pong

Pulping a religious bone   “Gau mata” is once again becoming a convenient political tool for our Hindutva brigade. They are back to their favourite pass time: Minority bashing and protection of the cow. Having re-discovered the holy cow’s brand equity as the best vote-catcher, no matter, if it becomes a...

SAARC Meet Flattened

Case of congenital disease   By Dr. S. Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) In the present age of globalisation mingled with functional regional organisations, an exception is presented by SAARC. Failing to convene its scheduled Summit Meeting in November at Rawalpindi, Pakistan, has attracted world attention. Had the reason been a common...

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’...

Purity Of Elections

Removing religious smog   By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) The ban on use of religion, caste, race, community and language during poll campaigns is bound to give rise to numerous election petitions involving scanning through enormous amount of election speeches and campaigns adopted by political parties. How many results...

Sushma’s Tryst With W Asia

Balancing with twin visits (School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi) There is today no region which impinges on India’s security with as much immediacy as West Asia. In this regard, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s first-ever two-day tour to Israel and Palestine becomes important. This high-level visit comes just three...

Lokayukta Controversy

Karnataka gets entangled     Karnataka is the latest Sate to get enmeshed in controversy over appointment of the Lokayukta. While Chief Minister Siddaramiah has recommended the name of Justice S R Nayak to the Governor for the coveted post, the latter has sought clarifications. This after Vajubhai R Vala got a...

If Call Drop Penalty Illegal

Consumers in trouble The blemish in India’s much-lauded telecom revolution is a widely recurring phenomenon called “call drops.” In a country which is the world’s second-largest mobile user market after China, fast-paced expansion coupled with inadequate infrastructure and overloaded networks is leading to many callers being cut off mid-sentence! Naturally, the...

IPR Policy

India’s dilemma   By Dr.S.Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) Prime Minister Modi’s recent visit to the USA soon after the declaration of the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy naturally raised serious concern about pressure on the Indian Government to expedite amendment of IPR laws to the advantage of foreign investors and trade...

Changing Rules Of Game

It takes two to Tango By Poonam I Kaushish “Did the children go to the Army camp to buy toffees? Did the 15-year-old boy go to fetch milk when he attacked a police station? What is the Government’s fault in that?” Quivered an angry Mehbooba Mufti as continuous stone-pelting entered its...

Freedom of Expression

Threatened by govt advts?   By Proloy Bagchi Ram Chandra Guha, a free-thinker and historian who has authored numerous books on Indian history and random societal matters, recently enumerated eight reasons why Indians cannot speak freely. He says India is a 50-50 democracy. It is democratic only in a few respects and...

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...

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...

MNCs Trust RBI’s Rajan

Gung ho on make in India Despite the Reserve Bank keeping repo rates unchanged at 6.75 per cent, ignoring the industry clamour for lowering it, US conglomerate Boeing has decided to start manufacturing medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) to boost Modi’s Make in India. It will create an eco-system to...

Inflation & Govt Regulators

Holistic approach critical By Shivaji Sarkar The Government needs to pursue policies that ease inflation and reduce prices to lubricate the economy. This is so because the trap laid by previous regimes is seemingly tightening. It is just not the fuel prices that firm up prices. Though it remains the base,...

Bar Imports, Dump PMP, West Clutches

Want action-packed two years By Shivaji Sarkar How would an Indian like to see the country two years later? A question people are asking as Prime Minister Modi completed his first two critical years in office. True, there is achievement which has raised hopes for more. But it is a crucial...

Govt’s Unnecessary Taxes

Do away with income tax ! By Shivaji Sarkar The Government’s concern of bringing “black money” into the open is laudable. However, it also needs to do a study on why people do not want to pay taxes on their legitimate income? Should personal income be taxed? And, if so to...

Class & Caste Discrimination

Neglect of dalits need to be checked By Dhurjati Mukherjee The country is witnessing cries of alleged indifference to Dalits, tribals and those from the lower castes. Reportedly, nothing new as the lower classes and castes have always been at the receiving end. Some political analysts think this is a fall-out...

Demonetising Currency

Will it check black money?   By Dhurjati Mukherjee The Congress’ allegation that the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes is just a ploy by Modi to cover his failure to deliver on his election promise of cracking down on black money, doesn’t really hold good. Notwithstanding that the...

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...
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