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The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi shaking hands with the Chinese President, Xi Jinping, after signing of agreements, at Hyatt Hotel, Ahmedabad on September 17, 2014.

Chinese Investments: INDIA MUST WIN TRADE TERRITORIES…

Chinese Investments INDIA MUST WIN TRADE TERRITORIES By Shivaji Sarkar   It was no veni vidi vici for Chinese president Xi Jinping. He wants to conquer Indian land but not hearts. His $20 billion investment promise is more a show off to...
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Islamic State: EVIL LURKS ACROSS BORDERS…

Islamic State EVIL LURKS ACROSS BORDERS By Proloy Bagchi  These medieval marauding brutes of Islamic State of Iraq & Levant need to be stopped in their tracks. Working through a Caliphate these brutes are spreading death and depredation in the areas...
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Our Political Terrorists: ABDICATING RESPONSIBILITY, TOH KYA?…

Our Political Terrorists ABDICATING RESPONSIBILITY, TOH KYA? By Poonam I Kaushish A friend with her family went to attend a wedding in picturesque Kashmir. Till all hell broke lose on black Sunday last and the celebrations turned into a deluge of humungous...
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Relook Jan Dhan: NEEDS OUT-OF-BOX THINKING…

Relook Jan Dhan NEEDS OUT-OF-BOX THINKING By Shivaji Sarkar Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Jan Dhan scheme on the one hand drew over 1.5 crore responses in just two days and on the other got flak from the elite. While the poor have not exactly welcomed...
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Natl Education Policy: NO PLACE FOR PRIDE & PREJUDICE…

Natl Education Policy NO PLACE FOR PRIDE & PREJUDICE By Dr S Saraswathi It is reported that the Government is formulating a new National Education Policy (NEP) to meet the challenges posed by lack of quality, research, and innovations in Indian educational...
The Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy, Dr. R.K. Sinha and the High Commissioner of Australia to India, Patrick Suckling signing an agreement on cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy, in the presence of the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and the Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, in New Delhi on September 05, 2014.

Civil Nuke Handshake: INDIA, AUSTRALIA COME CLOSER …

Civil Nuke Handshake INDIA, AUSTRALIA COME CLOSER By Ashok B Sharma It is the geo-political theatre in Indo-Pacific region that prompts both Australia and Japan to have closer relationship with India. Taking advantage of this gravitational pull from...
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Al Qaeda Call: BID TO DIVIDE INDIANS…

Al Qaeda Call BID TO DIVIDE INDIANS By Syed Ali Mujtaba The statement by Al Qaeda Chief Ayman Al Zawahiri that his terror organization is trying to establish an Indian branch to recruit Muslim youth to carry out terror acts has stirred a hornet’s nest...
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From Your Lordship To Jee Huzoor: CONSTITUTIONALLY JUST NOT DONE! …

From Your Lordship To Jee Huzoor CONSTITUTIONALLY JUST NOT DONE! By Poonam I Kaushish Public office has a lot to do with perception. Wherein, your actions do the talking. Alas, last week the blindfolded scales of justice got talked down to when the politicos...
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Kerala Governor Row: JUDICIARY UNDERMINED? …

Kerala Governor Row JUDICIARY UNDERMINED? By Insaf The appointment of former Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam as Kerala’s new Governor, has unfortunately but rightly kicked off an unsavoury controversy. Not just the Opposition, but legal luminaries...
Modi’s Japan Visit: CHECKMATING CHINA…

Modi’s Japan Visit: CHECKMATING CHINA…

Modi’s Japan Visit CHECKMATING CHINA By Ashok B Sharma Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s five-day long visit to Japan is enough signal to China that if it can afford to have an “all-weather” friendship with Pakistan in an attempt to checkmate and...
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Love Jihad Or Romeo War : HOLIER THAN THOU CONVERSIONS!…

Love Jihad Or Romeo War HOLIER THAN THOU CONVERSIONS! By Poonam I Kaushish India is caught up in a battle royale between the Gods, in a new age avatar: Love Jihad (LJ). Whereby, ishq-mohabat-shaadi cutting across caste and religious boundaries inter-meshed...
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Lost Indian Pride: AID INDIGENOUS PRODUCTION…

Lost Indian Pride AID INDIGENOUS PRODUCTION By Shivaji Sarkar It was 1980. Two friends of mine, a German and Japanese were on a visit to Delhi. I took them to a consumer fair being held at the Pragati Maidan, the national exhibition ground. After visiting...
Governors’ Rejig: ASSAULT ON FEDERAL SPIRIT …

Governors’ Rejig: ASSAULT ON FEDERAL SPIRIT …

Governors’ Rejig ASSAULT ON FEDERAL SPIRIT By Insaf   The nation’s federal structure be damned, seems to be the mantra for both the BJP and Congress alike. This disturbing reflection emanates from the recent sacking/transfers/ resignations of eight...
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Primary Education: FOCUS ON PYRAMID UPWARDS…

Primary Education FOCUS ON PYRAMID UPWARDS By Dhurjati Mukherjee The Human Resource Development Ministry’s measures to increase spending on higher education to six per cent of the GDP from 3.8 per cent at present, may be well-meaning but would be half-baked....
Central Planning: REGIONAL VISION CRITICAL…

Central Planning: REGIONAL VISION CRITICAL…

Central Planning REGIONAL VISION CRITICAL By Shivaji Sarkar The corridors of power and well-wishers of the economy are wondering what should happen to the Planning Commission. There is no unanimity over making it a titular body and giving the ministries...
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Groundwater Depletion: SEVERE WATER CRISIS IMMINENT…

Groundwater Depletion SEVERE WATER CRISIS IMMINENT By Dhurjati Mukherjee Alarm bells should be ringing in the Ministry of Water Resources. Not only is the monsoon playing truant, the Central Groundwater Board (CGWB) has recently warned that 56 per cent...
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Modi Gets It Right: COME MAKE IN INDIA….

Was India’s 68th Independence Day celebration different from its earlier avatars? Absolutely. Unlike earlier occasions, festivity was encompassing, tri-coloured balloons, loud-speakers pelting patriotic music replete with syrupy speeches resounding...
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CSAT Controversy: TEST DEFIES NATURAL JUSTICE?…

CSAT Controversy TEST DEFIES NATURAL JUSTICE? By Syed Ali Mujtaba Will it be a case of ‘too little, too late’ or will the Government yield totally? Indeed, the raging controversy to scrap the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) preliminary examination...
Human Development Index: INDIA’S DISMAL PERFORMANCE…

Human Development Index: INDIA’S DISMAL PERFORMANCE…

Human Development Index INDIA’S DISMAL PERFORMANCE By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) The Human Development Report 2014 issued by the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) makes a shocking revelation that India continues to...
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Bangla Connection: ILLICIT TRADE, BAZAARS THRIVE…

Bangla Connection ILLICIT TRADE, BAZAARS THRIVE By Shivaji Sarkar It’s a murky economy that thrives in West Bengal, bordering the large stretch of Bangladesh border. The daily turnover of illicit trade – arms, fake currency, drugs and goods of daily...
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