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Allies Unhappy With Big Brother PLAN TO WAIT AND WATCH…

Allies Unhappy With Big Brother PLAN TO WAIT AND WATCH By Insaf   All does not seem to be well in the ruling NDA alliance with allies making plain their unhappiness with the BJP’s non-cooperativeness in the States. At a meeting with BJP President...
Is India Racist?: HUM KALE HAIN, PAR DILWALE HAIN!…

Is India Racist?: HUM KALE HAIN, PAR DILWALE HAIN!…

Is India Racist? HUM KALE HAIN, PAR DILWALE HAIN! By Poonam I Kaushish  What does hamara Hindustan think of foreigners especially those from Africa, ‘woh kale log’? What to speak of our ‘chinky’ brethren from the North-East? You mean those people...
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MNCs Trust RBI’s Rajan: GUNG HO ON MAKE IN INDIA…

MNCs Trust RBI’s Rajan GUNG HO ON MAKE IN INDIA By Shivaji Sarkar 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...
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Anti-Corruption Steps: MAHARASHTRA’S ‘VENDETTA POLITICS’?…

Anti-Corruption Steps MAHARASHTRA’S ‘VENDETTA POLITICS’? By Insaf  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...
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Nehru vs Patel: CONGRESS ABHORS TRUTH…

Nehru vs Patel CONGRESS ABHORS TRUTH By Proloy Bagchi The Congress High Command, read Sonia, has sent a show-cause notice to its Mumbai Chief Sanjay Nirupam for publishing an unsigned article in the Party’s mouthpiece “Congress Darshan” last November...
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IS Threat In India: GROWING RADICALISATION?…

IS Threat In India GROWING RADICALISATION?                                                                By Vinod Sharma The arrest of four youths in Uttarakhand, who were reportedly in touch...
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Sushma’s Tryst With W Asia: BALANCING WITH TWIN VISITS…

Sushma’s Tryst With W Asia BALANCING WITH TWIN VISITS By Amrita Banerjee (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...
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Economic Conundrum: POOR TAXED, RICH SUBSIDISED…

Economic Conundrum POOR TAXED, RICH SUBSIDISED By Shivaji Sarkar  The Indian economy has sharp contrasts. On the one hand, it prepares itself for a major surge by way of higher public investments, FDI and a push to agriculture through a better insurance...
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Pak Terror: TIME FOR STRATEGIC CULTURE…

Pak Terror TIME FOR STRATEGIC CULTURE By Amrita Banerjee Research Scholar, JNU   Prime Minister Modi’s ambitious project to “turn the course of history” by visiting Lahore to meet his Pakistan counterpoint Nawaz Sharif on Christmas got tested...
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Gearing Up Railways: TOUGH, BUT DOABLE…

Gearing Up Railways TOUGH, BUT DOABLE By Dhurjati Mukherjee The Government is serious about rejuvenating India’s railways. Towards that end, it has set up the Rail Development Authority, a welcome step indeed.  Initially, the Authority would address...
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Delhi’s Quest for Demons: FALSE POLLUTION BOGIES?…

Delhi’s Quest for Demons FALSE POLLUTION BOGIES? By Shivaji Sarkar  Delhi governed by the whims and fancies of Aam Aadmi Party’s  Chief Minister Arvind Kerjriwal and the National Green Tribunal (NGT) seem to be working on “truthiness”, things...
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Supreme Court Wields Stick: STATES HAULED FOR RELIEF OPS…

Supreme Court Wields Stick STATES HAULED FOR RELIEF OPS By Insaf   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...
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Empty Garibi Hatao Plans: NONE LISTEN TO WHAT POOR NEED …

Empty Garibi Hatao Plans NONE LISTEN TO WHAT POOR NEED By Moin Qazi In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher moral ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and...
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India’s Growth Strategy: VITAL TO CHANGE DEVELOPMENT PATH …

India’s Growth Strategy VITAL TO CHANGE DEVELOPMENT PATH  By Dhurjati Mukherjee India has the potential to be the world’s fastest growing economy over the next decade far outpacing China. This conclusion by the Harvard Centre for International Development...
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Mindless Cess: IS BUDGET DEFICIT REAL?…

Mindless Cess IS BUDGET DEFICIT REAL? By Shivaji Sarkar There is no denying that the demand for reduction in taxes is steadily growing louder. In fact, it has now put a big question mark on whether the Government’s projection of budget deficit over...
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Poll Alliance 2016: TN, BENGAL LEFT WOO CONG?…

Poll Alliance 2016 TN, BENGAL LEFT WOO CONG? By Insaf  The New Year should usher in great surprises. The canvas would be political alliances for ensuing State elections. For starters, signs of the first steps being contemplated are coming from West Bengal...
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Heinous Crimes by Juveniles: NEGLECT OF ADOLESCENT CARE…

Heinous Crimes by Juveniles NEGLECT OF ADOLESCENT CARE By Dr S Saraswathi ((Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi)  On the last working day, after wasting several days, the Rajya Sabha passed the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill obviously...
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Modi-Sharif Meet: DUSHMAN YA DOST?…

Modi-Sharif Meet Dushman Ya Dost? By Poonam I Kaushish   Friend or enemy? Both. Indeed, India-Pakistan relations are like being on a roller coaster ride. All depends on which way the political wind is blowing. The issue is not whether Prime Minister...
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Ayodhya’s Ram Temple: UP, POLITICAL PARTIES ON ALERT…

Ayodhya’s Ram Temple UP, POLITICAL PARTIES ON ALERT By Insaf The Ram temple at Ayodhya, in Uttar Pradesh is back in the spotlight. Stone-laden trucks from Rajasthan and Gujarat at the VHP workshop, Mandir Nirman Karyashala, in the holy city and sculptors...
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India’s NGO Boom: NOT A WELCOME SIGN…

India’s NGO Boom NOT A WELCOME SIGN By Moin Qazi   The first-ever exercise to map registered NGOs has disclosed that India has at least 3.1 million of these — more than double the number of schools in the country, 250 times the number of...
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