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Uttarakhand Floods: THE GODS ARE ANGRY …

Uttarakhand Floods: THE GODS ARE ANGRY …

Uttarakhand Floods THE GODS ARE ANGRY By Proloy Bagchi The pilgrimage to Badrinath and Kedarnath as also to what is known as “Chaar Dhaam yatra” has come to a halt on account of heavy incessant rains, both in the Shivaliks and the Himalayas....
Novel FCI, FDI In Insurance: ENROUTE TOWARDS NEW ORDER…

Novel FCI, FDI In Insurance: ENROUTE TOWARDS NEW ORDER…

Novel FCI, FDI In Insurance ENROUTE TOWARDS NEW ORDER By Shivaji Sarkar   The Narendra Modi Government is indeed taking over the reins. It is taking decisions on reforms and is trying to check prices. It has taken a sanguine decision of selling 10 million...
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Govt Decision-Making: NO HIDING BEHIND COMMITTEES…

Govt Decision-Making NO HIDING BEHIND COMMITTEES By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) Notwithstanding the criticism or appreciation, the abolition of the Group of Ministers (GoM) and the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) is one of...
Uniform Civil Code: NO RAM-RAHIM POLL CUT OUTS…

Uniform Civil Code: NO RAM-RAHIM POLL CUT OUTS…

Uniform Civil Code NO RAM-RAHIM POLL CUT OUTS By Poonam I Kaushish Secularism has always been the Hindutva Brigade’s bug bear and political untouchability the Congress catch word. But Modi’s ascendency to India’s Raj gaddi has turned the tables...
Govt Must Simplify Rules: MORE TAX TERROR AHEAD?…

Govt Must Simplify Rules: MORE TAX TERROR AHEAD?…

Govt Must Simplify Rules MORE TAX TERROR AHEAD? By Shivaji Sarkar It is reassuring to know that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley intends ending tax terrorism and does not believe in retrospective tax. Appending a lollipop: If the economy improves he could...
Whither Sportsmen Spirit?: AGGRESSION NAME OF THE GAME…

Whither Sportsmen Spirit?: AGGRESSION NAME OF THE GAME…

Whither Sportsmen Spirit? AGGRESSION NAME OF THE GAME  By Proloy Bagchi Whither sports and sportsmen spirit? The FIFA World Cup is over but it underscored a mean and vicious side of sports today: undue aggressiveness to win it all. This violent ugly...
2014-15 Defence Allocations: DEFICIENT IN THREAT PERCEPTION…

2014-15 Defence Allocations: DEFICIENT IN THREAT PERCEPTION…

2014-15Defence Allocations DEFICIENT IN THREAT PERCEPTION By Col (Dr) PK Vasudeva (Retd) Prime Minister Modi has given an impetus to defence whereby budgetary allocations would increase by 12.5 per cent in 2014-15, compared to the previous year as highlighted...
Jaitley’s  Budget: TOWARDS HAPPIER TIMES?…

Jaitley’s Budget: TOWARDS HAPPIER TIMES?…

Jaitley’s  Budget TOWARDS HAPPIER TIMES? By Shivaji Sarkar The Prime Minister Modi Government unveiled it much-awaited nascent Union Budget last week. All were agog whether it would inject the much-needed boost to a stagnant economy. Find a solution...
Drought Again, Sans Food, Water: DEFIENCIES OF PLANNING + VISION = NO ACTION…

Drought Again, Sans Food, Water: DEFIENCIES OF PLANNING + VISION = NO ACTION…

Drought Again, Sans Food, Water DEFIENCIES OF PLANNING + VISION = NO ACTION By Poonam I Kaushish Ok, fellow countrymen, it is once again the season to curse all you want. The heat wave is blistering and Lord Indra is playing hooky once again, resulting...
Planning Commission: WOUND UP OR TRANSFORMED?…

Planning Commission: WOUND UP OR TRANSFORMED?…

Planning Commission WOUND UP OR TRANSFORMED? By Dhurjati Mukherjee Does India need a Planning Commission? Does it serve any utility? None, if most experts are to be believed. According to them this large body has little value in today’s state of affairs....
Assertion of Gods: BATTLE ROYALE IN SWING!…

Assertion of Gods: BATTLE ROYALE IN SWING!…

Assertion of Gods BATTLE ROYALE IN SWING! By Chanchal Chauhan The controversial statement of a Shankaracharya dethroning the Sai Baba from the status of a God, asserting the supremacy of his religious thoughts and barring his followers from worshipping...
Modi’s 10-Point Agenda: CALL FOR ALL WORK AND NO PLAY …

Modi’s 10-Point Agenda: CALL FOR ALL WORK AND NO PLAY …

Modi’s 10-Point Agenda CALL FOR ALL WORK AND NO PLAY By Dr. S.Saraswathi A man of action Prime Minister Modi has given ten-point Framework for Good Governance to his Council of Ministers in his second Cabinet meeting soon after assuming office. Called...
Jaitley’s Budget Trapeze: HOW TO MAKE SHRESTHA BHARAT…

Jaitley’s Budget Trapeze: HOW TO MAKE SHRESTHA BHARAT…

Jaitley’s Budget Trapeze HOW TO MAKE SHRESTHA BHARAT By Shivaji Sarkar All are agog over Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s maiden Budget to be presented three days hence 10 July. Importantly, on what innovation he formulates to fulfill the BJP’s...
Linguistic Chauvinism: PUTTING CART BEFORE HORSE…

Linguistic Chauvinism: PUTTING CART BEFORE HORSE…

Linguistic Chauvinism PUTTING CART BEFORE HORSE By Chanchal Chauhan Social networking websites are the buzzwords in the corridors of power. Specially after Prime Minister Narendra Modi reportedly gave directions last month to his Ministers to open their...
Private Sector In Defence Sector: CAN MODI MAKE INDIA BIG PLAYER?…

Private Sector In Defence Sector: CAN MODI MAKE INDIA BIG PLAYER?…

Private Sector In Defence Sector CAN MODI MAKE INDIA BIG PLAYER? By Col (Dr) PK Vasudeva (Retd) The BJP-led NDA Government seems to be serious about encouraging private investment in defence, as elucidated in the Party’s election campaign and underscored...
NGOs & Development: AN AVOIDABLE CONTROVERSY…

NGOs & Development: AN AVOIDABLE CONTROVERSY…

NGOs & Development AN AVOIDABLE CONTROVERSY By Dr.S.Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in India are again in the news following the widely publicized leaked report of the Intelligence Bureau slamming...
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Railways Malaise: NO LOSSES, LACKS WORK CULTURE…

Railways Malaise NO LOSSES, LACKS WORK CULTURE By Shivaji Sarkar The Narendra Modi government is functioning well where it is guided by political wisdom. At least two decisions – cancelling of four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) of Delhi University...
J&K Strife: RETURN OF KASHMIRI PANDITS?…

J&K Strife: RETURN OF KASHMIRI PANDITS?…

J&K Strife RETURN OF KASHMIRI PANDITS? By Insaf The separatists are up to their old tricks in strife-torn Kashmir: holding the State to ransom by calling a strike and paralyzing normal life. Its latest bugbear is Prime Minister Modi’s promise to...
Foreign Funds To NGOs: PROTESTS THWART NATIONAL INTERSTS?…

Foreign Funds To NGOs: PROTESTS THWART NATIONAL INTERSTS?…

Foreign Funds To NGOs PROTESTS THWART NATIONAL INTERSTS? By Dhurjati Mukherjee There has been uproar over foreign funding of NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisation) and allegations that monies are channeled to finance protest campaigns against issues like...
Rail Fare Hike: BETRAYAL OF PEOPLES’ TRUST…

Rail Fare Hike: BETRAYAL OF PEOPLES’ TRUST…

Rail Fare Hike BETRAYAL OF PEOPLES’ TRUST By Chanchal Chauhan When I was at a school, my teacher told me India’s first Prime Minister Nehru, used to read daily Robert Frost’s poem before going to sleep, a stanza of which he kept under his pillow....
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