India’s Daughters

Two medals don’t total win   By Poonam I Kaushish Shuttler PV Sindhu, wrestler Sakshi Malik and gymnast Dipa Karmakar were nameless non-entities. Just a part of the Indian contingent to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics 2016. Till a silver and bronze medals and fourth ranking changed their life for ever, paved...

Assam Votes For Progress

Vital to reorient economy By Shivaji Sarkar The BJP’s stupendous victory in Assam is indicative of the people endorsing Prime Minister Modi’s economic programmes wherein the hope he has kindled is reflected in the mandate. Merely to aver that the results were due to polarisation of votes is over-simplifying a myriad picture....

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...

Govt Model Employer, But

Who will take care of private sector? By Shivaji Sarkar The Rs 80,000 crores pay hike bonanza to Central Government employees will benefit over one crore employees and pensioners. Importantly, it would not end here as the States too have approximately the same number of staff. Consequently, another Rs 80,000 crores...

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...

Politics of ‘Povertarianism”:

Fulfilling aspirations   By Dhurjati Mukherjee It is heartening to note that the BJP recently decided to look into the vital issue of mitigating poverty, which needs to be tackled seriously. Though commentators have long been stating that the Party is geared towards the interests of the business and middle-income sections, the...

Fresh Turmoil In Nepal

Is there an India connection? By Amrita Banerjee School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi The recall of Nepal’s Ambassador in Delhi Deep Kumar Upadhyaya’s due to differences between the Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli and him over cancellation of its President’s visit to India has resulted in yet another tumultuous scenario...

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...

India-Pakistan Talks

Another case of missed opportunity? (School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi) The recent meeting between India and Pakistan’s Foreign Secretaries in Delhi served as a reality check on the stalemate in the bilateral dialogue between both countries. Meeting on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia Conference, the two...

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...

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...

India Flooded & Submerged

What’s the big deal about water By Poonam I Kaushish Ok, fellow countrymen let lose the volley of expletives, curse all you want. Of how rotten the State of Denmark is and the rain Gods for nature’s fury. Add to this, our good-for-nothing polity for multiplying our piling miseries. Alas, if...

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...

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,...

Apna Sapna Money Money!

Time to abolish Rajya Sabha By Poonam I Kaushish Now days when you see someone holding his nose you don’t know whether it’s pollution or politics. Either way the net result is the same. Increasing political pollution replete with contaminated smog, toxic waste and sleazy fumes. The latest in an ever-growing series...

Modi’s Demon-etisation

Cash chaos across states   By Insaf The phrase ‘money makes the world go round’, no longer applies to India. At least not now— in these times of Modi Government’s demonetisation. The common man across States is hit hard, but their State governments are caught in a bind. The leadership of most...

River On Fire

Netas muddy waters By Poonam I Kaushish Kahein sookha, kahein baar. Jahaan sookha wahain atamhatya, jahan baar wahaan durghatna. Till yesterday, this nature-made dilemma encapsulated the erratic history of India’s water cycle. Today, this quandary goes beyond the quest for water and has become a major politically volatile issue. Thanks to...

Education Fraud Spreads

Schools in Gujarat, PhDs in UP   By Insaf Mathematics wizard Aryabhata would be turning in his grave if he is told that Maths is all about cooking! If this was the story of the education fraud in Bihar recently, ditto is the case in Modi’s Gujarat. Shockingly, 500 students of class...

Political Garbage

Insult is now virtue   By Poonam I Kaushish Political Delhi is in the throes of ‘garbage’ politics again thanks to the slugfest between Congress Rahul Gandhi and BJP President Amit Shah over the recent Army’s surgical strikes across the LoC. Both busy trying to score brownie points. For the Congress, confused about...

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...

Governors Role in Polls

Ease tension in society (Excerpts of President Pranab Mukherjee’s New Year Message to Governors & LGs) The year that has just gone by was a year of mixed fortunes. It began on a very promising note with the economy performing well, overcoming the weak global economic trends. GDP growth of 7.2...

Poll Eve Politics

Lessons from split up   By S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) Assembly elections are to take place in five States Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh – between 11 February and 8 March. Coming in the beginning of the second half of BJP rule at the Centre, and soon after...

Netas Vs People

Cash Apartheid By Poonam I Kaushish Q: What turns black money into white? A: A political Party’s washing machine. This my dear readers is the sum total of the Modi Government’s latest order Friday last exempting Parties from depositing the banned old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 currency notes in their bank accounts...

Nuclear Security Summit

India affirms commitment   By Amrita Banerjee (School of International Studies, JNU, New Delhi) With the constant onslaught of terrorist attacks and the scourge of nuclear terrorism hanging precariously in this tech-savvy world, the timing and relevance of the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) couldn’t have been more apt. Importantly for India, Prime Minister...

Cashless Plot

Mncs enslave people   By Shivaji Sarkar “Terrorists are no longer public enemies’ number one nor are the drug lords, human traffickers, arms dealers, cyber terrorists or any other do-badder. Today, the biggest threat to global peace and security is physical cash, a means of exchange that has flourished for over 1000...

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...

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...

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...

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...

INDO-US Ties

Trump-Modi connect? By Dhurjati Mukherjee The anti-Trump protests after his surprise victory as the 45th US President reveal a sense of frustration and fear that a section of the Americans would be going through. His victory symbolises the return of rightist forces, something similar to the 2014 elections in India, wherein...
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