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Two Sides—Russia & US: INDIA NEEDS TO LEVERAGE BOTH …

President Putin has come and gone. President Obama is expected here as chief guest at the Republic Day celebrations. The emerging economic power, India, being strategically located has become a favoured choice for both Russia and the US. Russia...
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Agra’s “Ghar Wapsi”: ANTI-CONVERSION LAW CRITICAL…

Agra’s “Ghar Wapsi” ANTI-CONVERSION LAW CRITICAL By Insaf Agra, world famous for its Taj Mahal, has got into national limelight this time for the wrong reasons. The conversion of Muslim families to Hindusim or “ghar wapsi” (homecoming) ceremony...
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Compulsory Voting: TRANSFORMING RIGHT AS DUTY…

Compulsory Voting TRANSFORMING RIGHT AS DUTY By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) The idea of making voting in public elections compulsory has become a subject of debate following the adoption of the Gujarat Local Authorities Laws (Amendment)...
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Putin’s Visit: STRATEGIC ELEVATION OF TIES?…

Putin’s Visit STRATEGIC ELEVATION OF TIES? By Ashok B Sharma India and Russia are natural allies, despite whatever is happening across the globe. Though not being an immediate neighbour, Russia is an indispensable and time tested friend. The erstwhile...
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Maharashtrian Drama: ‘SENA’ GETS POWER, AT LAST!…

Maharashtrian Drama ‘SENA’ GETS POWER, AT LAST! By Nikhil Gajendragadkar Politics is a bigger ‘game of uncertainties’ than Cricket, at least in India. Incident like the main Opposition party joining the Government (or treasury benches) can be...
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Green Tribunal: IDEAS ANTI-PEOPLE, UTOPIAN…

Green Tribunal IDEAS ANTI-PEOPLE, UTOPIAN By Shivaji Sarkar The National Green Tribunal is either too wise or works at the behest of vested interests. Its ideas are utopian and if implemented would lead to unnecessary policing of those who do not need...
‘Janata Parivar’ : WITHER STATE PARTIES?…

‘Janata Parivar’ : WITHER STATE PARTIES?…

‘Janata Parivar’ WITHER STATE PARTIES? By Insaf The Centre appears to be becoming a unifying force for some States. The functioning of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his NDA Government has triggered the revival of the erstwhile “Janata Parivar”....
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Gender Parity Index: WORSENING WOMEN’S STATUS…

Gender Parity Index WORSENING WOMEN’S STATUS By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi)  The annual Gender Survey of the World Economic Forum (WEF) for 2014 has ranked India at 114 in a list of 142 countries. This has raised fears among...
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Rising NPAs of Banks: INITIATE RECOVERY PROCESS…

The non-performing assets (NPAs) of banks have become a major problem for the government and the country. According to the Finance Minister, as of March end bad loans stood at Rs 245,809 crores compared to Rs 183,854 crores in 2012-13 and Rs 137,102 crores...
Ranjit Sinha taking charge as the Director, Central Bureau of Investigation, in New Delhi on December 03, 2012.

CBI Chief In The Dock: SAVE THE CAGEDPARROT…

CBI Chief In The Dock SAVE THE CAGEDPARROT By Poonam I Kaushish  What is it about the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that has it always in the limelight? That too for all the wrong reasons. Earning it the nickname Central Bureau of Corruption,...
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Hisar Stand-Off: LESSON FOR HARYANA GOVT …

Hisar Stand-Off LESSON FOR HARYANA GOVT By Insaf The Haryana Government can heave a miffed sigh of relief. Its near two-week stand-off with Baba Rampal in Barwala, Hisar did finally come to an end, with the arrest of the “godman”. But not before...
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Role of Private Sector: MAXIMUM PROFIT ONLY GOAL?…

Role of Private Sector MAXIMUM PROFIT ONLY GOAL? By Dhurjati Mukherjee Most political and economic analysts talk about the need for more privatization for only then can efficiency be brought into the system. But the record of the private sector in various...
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BJP-Shiv Sena Splits Ville: AATA MAJHI SATAKLI OR BLUSTER …

BJP-Shiv Sena Splits Ville AATA MAJHI SATAKLI OR BLUSTER By Poonam I Kaushish This is akin to a Rubik puzzle which challenges logic. That too, after being coochie-cooing bed partners to a bitter splits ville in their silver jubilee anniversary year....
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‘Look’ To ‘Act’ East: MORE POTENT THAN ECONOMY…

‘Look’ To ‘Act’ East MORE POTENT THAN ECONOMY By Shivaji Sarkar You “Look East” and action comes from the West. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to ASEAN summit in Myanmar has brought its eastern neighbours closer, the far-western...
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Maharashtra Voice Vote: SOUNDS OF volatility …

Maharashtra Voice Vote SOUNDS OF volatility By Insaf Maharashtra does not spell good omen for the BJP. And, worse the party knows it. The controversy over its floor test in the Assembly through a voice vote on Wednesday last is the first sign. While...
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IPR Policy: EDUCATION DECISIVE …

IPR Policy EDUCATION DECISIVE By Dr S Saraswathi The Government of India has announced that it will soon unveil the country’s first Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) policy. The move is obviously in response to the concerns frequently expressed by...
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National Unity Day: PATEL & INDIRA – INCOMPARABLE…

National Unity Day PATEL & INDIRA – INCOMPARABLE By Proloy Bagchi After Prime Minister Modi’s lionisation of Sardar Patel the Indian National Congress sat up and tried to put the latter back to where he belonged – a high pedestal. In the latest...
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The Great Indian Loot: STOP SOCIETY EXPLOITATION…

The Great Indian Loot STOP SOCIETY EXPLOITATION By Shivaji Sarkar  It is open loot through the free pricing mechanism. As the wages in India shrink; one pays more and buys less. Little is left in the pockets of an average wage-earner but the profits...
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Chit Fund Scam: ODISHA GOVT IN DOCK?…

Chit Fund Scam ODISHA GOVT IN DOCK? By Insaf The Naveen Patnaik government in Odisha is not only embarrassed pink, but has its image tarnished. An MP and two of its former MLAs were arrested by the CBI in connection with the chit fund fraud worth over...
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Maharashtra BJP Govt: IN THE SADDLE, BUT SHAKY…

Maharashtra BJP Govt IN THE SADDLE, BUT SHAKY By Nikhil Gajendragadkar At last, the BJP has succeeded in clinching power in Maharashtra. It has its government in place, even though a minority one. The party needs support from some others to be comfortably...
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