Budget & 7th Pay Panel

Will babus get a bonanza? Expectations among our bureaucracy are at an all time high vis-à-vis the presentation of the general Budget on 29 February. The day, when Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is expected to announce a budgetary provision of Rs 1.11 lakh crores for implementation of the 7th...

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...

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...

Class & Caste Discrimination

Check neglect of dalits   By Dhurjati Mukherjee The country is the throes of wails over the indifference and oppression of Dalits, tribals along-with those from lower castes. Yawn, nothing new in this as the lower classes and castes have always been at the receiving end. Also true, some political analysts regard this...

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...

Supreme Court Wields Stick

States hauled for relief ops The Supreme Court has wielded the big stick by asking eight drought-prone States to submit relief efforts it has undertaken so far within ten days. Namely, provide free food grains and employment under MNREGA in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh...

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...

Govt needs to innovate

Reform it & tax gaming, porn The Union Budget is just a few weeks away and the Government is saddled with many problems. Primarily, there is concern for raising more revenue amid demands for a cut in income tax and TDS. Add to this, the Centre’s outgo to States has...

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...

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...

Britain-EU Divorce

Knife-edged referendum By Amrita Banerjee (School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi) The high voltage June 23rd referendum which decided Britain’s fate vis-à-vis existence in the European Union was ‘one of the most divisive and bitter political campaigns that ever waged’ in its history and made it quit EU after 43 years...

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...

Acute Water Crisis

India’s precarious future By Dhurjati Mukherjee A startling finding: India has the world’s largest population without access to safe water. Neighbours China, Bangladesh and Pakistan too are among the top 10 countries where maximum people are deprived of safe water. Indeed in the South Asian region, water contamination is high resulting...

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...

Modi Flexes 56 Inches

Crosses the rubicon   By Poonam I Kaushish It was a tumultuous week. On one hand we paid obeisance to the apostle of peace and non-violence Gandhi. On the other Prime Minister Modi radically changed the rules of the game in India’s Pakistan policy post the Uri army base attack. Bluntly, the...

Kingdoms of Swachcha

Tiny states show the way   By Insaf On the second anniversary of India’s Swachcha Bharat Abhiyan tomorrow Prime Minister Modi has much to be pleased about. Two tiny States Sikkim and Himachal have put to shame their larger brethren by notching up the title of being the Kingdoms of Swachcha. Pertinently,...

Officials-Made Chaos

I-t needs to be reformed   By Shivaji Sarkar India economy has been the pride of world. It has been showcased as the only growing economy - a proud moment for Indians particularly under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. That was until a week back. International media quietly observed the scenario for eight...

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...

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...

Uttarakhand on fire

Politically and literally From the political frying pan in to fire, literally. As the Supreme Court continues to hear the imposition of President’s rule in Uttarakhand and has asked the Chief Minister Harish Rawat to take the floor test on Tuesday next week notwithstanding the CBI quizzing Rawat on the...

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...

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...

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...

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...

PM’S Five Nation Odyssey

Boosting India’s global image   By Amrita Banerjee (School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi) Weeks after China announced its intention to block India’s membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group, South Block did not rest. With the NSG membership in sight, Prime Minister Modi embarked upon his hurricane five nation tours where India’s...

Towards Financial Inclusion

Banks must mobilise poor When the Jan Dhan programme was launched on 28th August 2014 many regarded it as ‘an experiment that would fail.’ True, it might not have measured up to the claims of its proponents, but evidence shows it has some positive impacts. The scheme envisaged making every Indian a...

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?...

Tall Political Promises:

Don’t translate in good governance The Prime Minister recently announced a drought action plan to fight acute famine across the country coupled with severe water scarcity aggravating the crisis, especially in Western and Northern India More intriguing is that even as announcements and promises are being made very little has actually...

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...

Pak Terror Tango

Sharif cheque bounces Yawn! Another terror attack. So very predictable. As India woke up to a Jaish-e-Mohammad fidayeen assault on Pathankot Air Force base on Saturday, the second major attack on Punjab after Gurdaspur in February last. Also humdrum was India’s prosaic response. Asserted Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, “We...
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