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...

GST Benefit

Pipedream, many taxes By Shivaji Sarkar As preparations for GST roll out begins, indirect taxes are likely to come down. In reality, however, the GST will not be one tax but a combination of many taxes and cess. The rates also will not be one. The GST Council has decided on...

Re-energizing Iran Ties

Chabahar game changer By Amrita Banerjee (School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi) Even before India announced Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Iran, it was certain that New Delhi was keen on upgrading ties with this “extended neighbour”. Pertinently, international interest in ties with Iran has been growing since Tehran and the Group 5+1...

Poll-Bound States

Clinching last minute deals   Political parties in poll bound States are scrambling for ‘last minute deals’. After three months of negotiations and declaring it would go it alone, the Asom Gana Parishad has done a U-turn. It has sealed a deal with the BJP in the Assam polls, “in the...

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...

Look N-E, Act East Policies

Centered on connectivities By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) India’s longest bridge over Lohit River in Assam Dhola-Sadiya Bridge, opened by the Prime Minister on 26th May is the latest in a series of Government efforts to strengthen ties among States through various modes of connectivities. Christened as Bhupen...

Fight Over Casteism

In politics it’s child’s play By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) Cases of honour killing following inter-caste marriages, hitherto believed to be restricted to some States like Rajasthan or Haryana, seem to be common all over India not excluding the States recording educationally above national average. To the surprise...

Demonetisation & Jugaad

Society’s bloated underbelly   By Proloy Bagchi Notwithstanding the never ending long queue’s of the common man for that elusive cash in hand and the Opposition MPs raising the pitch of their protests, Modi’s demonetisation of high value currency notes also exposes the rather large and bloated underbelly of our society. The...

Preventing Suicide

Human, not tech intervention By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) The use of smart phone apps for suicide prevention, ever since the launch of iBobbly in Australia, is receiving attention in India which is identified as one of the top suicide capitals in the world. Some believe that technology...

Uttarakhand Fiasco

Centre’s embarassing setback By Insaf Prime Minister Modi and team BJP has had to eat crow with its adventurism in Uttarakhand. By quashing the imposition of President’s rule in the State, the High Court must even make Rashtrapati Mukherjee squirm and go pink with embarrassment. For the two-member bench of Chief...

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...

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...

Elusive MFN Status

Pak loses, not India   By Shivaji Sarkar The Indian sub-continent was an integrated market till 1947. Partition and consequent irresponsible Pakistani behaviour has led to its virtual isolation. Sabre-rattling Pakistan is imposing heavy penalties on its population as their miseries are increasing, has rightly noted Indian Prime Minister Modi. The surgical...

Delhi Univ Fracas

Politicisation of education By Insaf Seats of learning are sadly turning into political battlegrounds. Nation’s capital Delhi yet again confirms this nagging trepidation. The ongoing ABVP-AISA students’ clashes in prestigious University’s north campus have further stoked the raging debate between right to free speech and nationalism. Be it Delhi’s JNU, Hyderabad...

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...

Congress Loses Plot

By Poonam I Kaushish When the going gets tough the tough get going. Bluntly, not in the Congress lexicon. Instead, the Party is intent on following the dictum: Bhagteh chor ke langot he sahi. Roughly, you run away to fight another day! But, chalna toh hai, par kahan? Naturally, the defeat...

Talaq, Talaq, Talaq

What about equality? By Poonam I Kaushish Little did thirty-five years old Shayara Bano realize she would create waves, big waves. Shayara who? In the sleepy town of Uttarakhand’s Kashipur her worst fears came true when her husband of fifteen years sent her the talaq-nama from Allahabad. She decided to move...

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...

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...

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....

Good Monsoon

Elixir for Indian economy   By Dr PK Vasudeva The India Meteorological Department’s (IMD’s) prediction of a copious monsoon this year should bring relief to everyone. Particularly welcome as they come after two years of inadequate rain resulting in a severe drought in many parts of the country. Leaving everyone happy and...

Freedom vs Nationalism

Is this the new normal?   By Poonam I Kaushish In this theekha-dhoondhar no-holds barred ongoing electioneering in five States political Delhi was yanked back to reality when a rajnitik slugfest erupted in Delhi University over a college being forced to withdraw an invitation two Jawaharlal Nehru University students accused of raising...

Black: Colour Of Polls

Who will bell the corrupt cat?   By Poonam I Kaushish Paisa phenko tamasha dekho! The song hummed by every Party as five States go to polls next month. Which has paid put to Prime Minister Modi’s war cry of eradicating corruption. After all black is the favourite colour of money which...

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...

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...

Violence Rhetoric Of Today

Venerating false gods By Poonam I Kaushish How hypocritical is Mera Bharat Mahan. Two  incidents last week underscore this. In Srinagar a  DSP Mohammad Ayub Pandith was stripped naked, kicked, beaten and lynched to death by an angry mob outside a mosque for doing his duty, guarding separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar...

Mob Lynching

Stop: Citizens to centre By Insaf Enough is enough! This is the terse message ordinary citizens across State capitals have sent to the Centre. Thousands of people joined the ‘Not In My Name’ campaign started on social media to protest against the growing culture of mob lynching in the garb of...

Manual Scavenging

Not caste, but poverty factor   By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) Reports of death of workers engaged in cleaning and repairing manholes still make front page news in India, in the times of ‘Swachch bharat’. Recently, three persons died each in Bangalore and Cuddalore, two each in Vijayawada and...

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...

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...
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