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The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi at the launching ceremony of Digital India Week, in New Delhi on July 01, 2015.

Centre-State Tiff: Digital India Pipedream…

Centre-State Tiff Digital India Pipedream By Insaf From E-governance to M-governance, nee mobile, Prime Minister Modi’s pet project of empowering people by providing governance and service on demand in areas like health, education, agriculture...
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Roads Infrastructure: KEY TO ECONOMIC GROWTH…

Roads Infrastructure KEY TO ECONOMIC GROWTH By Dhurjati Mukherjee The need for rapid infrastructure development, specially roads and highways, is imperative at this juncture. In fact, Prime Minister Modi is reviewing the measures to do the same...
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Rising Hate Crimes: TRUST DEFICIT IN US…

Rising Hate Crimes TRUST DEFICIT IN US By Amrita Banerjee Research Scholar, JNU, New Delhi   The mass shooting on 17 June at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, US raised very pertinent questions about the frequency...
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FDI Inflows Rise: YET, MNCs DODGE TAXES…

FDI Inflows Rise YET, MNCs DODGE TAXES By Shivaji Sarkar India leads regional FDI (foreign direct investment) inflows to South Asia which rose to $ 41 billion, even as global FDI fell by 16 per cent in 2014 to $ 1.23 trillion. The FDI inflows surged by...
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Scam-Riddled BJP : MAHARASHTRA ADDS TO WOES…

The BJP seems to be increasingly scam-hit. While the noose around Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje seems to be tightening with fresh disclosures, two ministers in the Maharashtra government are in the eye of a storm. Minister for Women and Child...
Industry As Employer: LABOUR SHUDDERS ‘REFORM’…

Industry As Employer: LABOUR SHUDDERS ‘REFORM’…

Industry As Employer LABOUR SHUDDERS ‘REFORM’ By Shivaji Sarkar Labour in India is akin to its ‘caste’ system. On the one hand are the pampered government or semi-government workers and on the other the exploited non-government ones. Even the...
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Zero Hunger Challenge: INDIA’S ABYSMAL RECORD…

Zero Hunger Challenge INDIA’S ABYSMAL RECORD By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) The recent State of Food Insecurity Report in the World 2015 reveals a continuing phenomenon of under-nourishment in India. This time, it touched an...
Myanmar Operation: RULES OF GAME CHANGED …

Myanmar Operation: RULES OF GAME CHANGED …

Myanmar Operation RULES OF GAME CHANGED By Amrita Banerjee (Research Scholar, JNU, New Delhi) The news that caught the nation’s attention recently was the speed with which the Special Forces wing of the Indian Army launched a covert military offensive,...
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Delhi Arrest: WHAT ABOUT UNION MINISTERS? …

Delhi Arrest WHAT ABOUT UNION MINISTERS? By Insaf The Delhi Vs Centre big fight is getting murkier. While the Lt Governor Jung and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal are slugging it out showing the rule book to each other on bureaucrats’ appointments,...
PM Narendra Modi being welcomed by the PM Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina on his arrival in Hazrat Shahjalal Airport Dhaka

Modi in Bangladesh: CHECKMATING CHINA…

Modi in Bangladesh CHECKMATING CHINA By Gaurav Kumar Jha (Research Scholar, Jawaharlal Nehru University) “We cannot love India”, wrote Tahmima Anam, a Bangladeshi novelist in The Guardian in 2007. “The relationship is too unequal for romance, and...
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One-Year Achievements: NEW WINE IN OLD BOTTLE? …

One-Year Achievements   NEW WINE IN OLD BOTTLE? By Dhurjati Mukherjee Politically marked speeches by ministers and advertisement blitz highlighting not just what the Government has done in the past one year but also its intentions and plans, which...
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BRICS Bank & US Response: NEW WORLD BANK IN OFFING?…

BRICS Bank & US Response NEW WORLD BANK IN OFFING? By Amrita Banerjee Research Scholar, JNU, New Delhi The year 2014 was truly momentous for the international political economy. On one side, it marked the 70th anniversary of the Bretton Woods agreement,...
Air Quality Index: WILL DATA GOAD ACTION? ….

Air Quality Index: WILL DATA GOAD ACTION? ….

Air Quality Index WILL DATA GOAD ACTION? By Dhurjati Mukherjee   The Prime Minister recently launched a national air quality index (AQI), joining a global league of nations, which include the US, France, China and Mexico that have implemented such...
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Silk Road Sweet-Coated: BEGINNING OF NEW TIES?…

Silk Road Sweet-Coated BEGINNING OF NEW TIES? By Shivaji Sarkar The Silk Road is mysterious, dazzling, posing hopes, even some fears but ultimately unavoidable. India has trudged it for millennia, traded heavily, earned gold and also lost to some marauders....
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Land Acquisition: REMEMBER DO BIGHA ZAMIN …

Land Acquisition REMEMBER DO BIGHA ZAMIN By Nikhil Gajendragadkar Land is a contentious subject, from the time human being started to ‘claim’ ownership of even a piece. Industrialisation and urbanisation added complexity to this issue. The Land...
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Rupee Downslide: US BACKDOOR INTRIGUES…

Rupee Downslide US BACKDOOR INTRIGUES By Shivaji Sarkar Two developments – the deal with Iran on developing Chabahar port and the sudden fall of the rupee – are both significant. The rupee should have ideally appreciated after the deal with Tehran,...
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Nepal Catastrophe: FUTURE SINGNALS FOR INDIA…

Nepal Catastrophe FUTURE SINGNALS FOR INDIA By Dhurjati Mukherjee The recent earthquake in Nepal, which had a strong effect in Bihar and UP, calls for an analysis of our country’s preparedness to deal with such natural disasters. Though the destruction...
World Happiness Report: TODAY’S INDIANS UNHAPPIER…

World Happiness Report: TODAY’S INDIANS UNHAPPIER…

World Happiness Report TODAY’S INDIANS UNHAPPIER By Proloy Bagchi In the World Happiness Report of 2015 of the United Nations on 158 countries, India has slipped from 111th place in 2013 to 117th. This, obviously, means that people in India have become...
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NGO Accountability: ISSUES BEYOND FINANCE…

NGO Accountability ISSUES BEYOND FINANCE By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi)   The NGO sector has been given a big jolt by the Government. In a crackdown on foreign funding of NGOs, the Home Ministry has placed the Ford Foundation...
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Nepal, A Wake-up Call: DISASTER MANAGEMENT, ANYONE?…

Nepal, A Wake-up Call DISASTER MANAGEMENT, ANYONE? By Poonam I Kaushish A humungous human tragedy of anguish, despair and desperation, morbidity and mortality struck Nepal last week resulting in a trail of death and destruction, over 6200 dead and counting,...
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