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India’s Foreign Policy: FRESH LOOK BY NEW GOVT…

India’s Foreign Policy: FRESH LOOK BY NEW GOVT…

India’s Foreign Policy FRESH LOOK BY NEW GOVT By Prof Arvind Kumar Dept of Geopolitics & Intl Relations, Manipal Univ India’s foreign policy has always been a dominant mode of discourse, centering round the challenges faced and its evolving...
BJP’s Many Promises: VAGUE ON ECONOMIC REVIVAL…

BJP’s Many Promises: VAGUE ON ECONOMIC REVIVAL…

BJP’s Many Promises VAGUE ON ECONOMIC REVIVAL By Shivaji Sarkar  The BJP has voiced plenty of promises in its manifesto, but when it comes to revival of the economy it has hiccups. The party promises credibility and trust in Government, re-sowing confidence...
Gas Pricing Feud: POWER PLANTS TOO WARY …

Gas Pricing Feud: POWER PLANTS TOO WARY …

Gas Pricing Feud POWER PLANTS TOO WARY By Dhurjati Mukherjee The AAP-BJP feud over gas pricing issue may well be aimed at the voters, but power plant companies would be giving it a serious thought.  Any increase in gas prices would have a disastrous...
Nafrat Ke Saudagar: MORALITY GOES TO THE DOGS…

Nafrat Ke Saudagar: MORALITY GOES TO THE DOGS…

Nafrat Ke Saudagar MORALITY GOES TO THE DOGS By Poonam I Kaushish Rajnetik virodhi ya jaani dushman? Tragically, the lines between a political opponent and a sworn enemy have got blurred wherein hate speeches, trash talk and brazen innuendoes seem to...
Stocks Boom: POLL FUNDING BONANZA…

Stocks Boom: POLL FUNDING BONANZA…

Stocks Boom POLL FUNDING BONANZA By Shivaji Sarkar India is in for a pleasant surprise in the midst of no sign of economic recovery and circumspection in the industry. Its stock market has started booming. The foreign institutional investors (FII) have...
Plethora of Complaints: STATES MAKE EC EDGY?…

Plethora of Complaints: STATES MAKE EC EDGY?…

Plethora of Complaints STATES MAKE EC EDGY? By Insaf The Election Commission and its cross-country team have no option but to burn the midnight oil. Not so much for the usual poll preparations underway, but for the unusual plethora of complaints pouring...
Vote Bank Politics: MUCH ABUSED TERMINOLOGY…

Vote Bank Politics: MUCH ABUSED TERMINOLOGY…

Vote Bank Politics MUCH ABUSED TERMINOLOGY By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) From the start of the day to its end, thoughts, talks, and actions of leaders of all political parties these days are on a single track — towards garnering...
Corruption Vs Secularism: GOOD GOVERNANCE ANY ONE?  …

Corruption Vs Secularism: GOOD GOVERNANCE ANY ONE? …

Corruption Vs Secularism GOOD GOVERNANCE ANY ONE?  By Dhurjati Mukherjee The run-up to the General Elections has unfortunately got mired into both the Congress and the BJP targeting each other on corruption without realizing that this has hardly been...
Cong Promises Galloping Inflation: MORE RHETORIC, MAXIMUM SUFFERING…

Cong Promises Galloping Inflation: MORE RHETORIC, MAXIMUM SUFFERING…

Cong Promises Galloping Inflation MORE RHETORIC, MAXIMUM SUFFERING By Shivaji Sarkar The Congress manifesto may hit the common man hard. It is not only soft on inflation but has proposed measures that would make everything from electricity to education...
Its Raining Money & Liquor: EAGLE EC PLAYS SPOIL SPORT…

Its Raining Money & Liquor: EAGLE EC PLAYS SPOIL SPORT…

Its Raining Money & Liquor EAGLE EC PLAYS SPOIL SPORT By Insaf Come elections, liquor sales zoom interspersed with a free flow of money, even as the Election Commission plays party pooper with its officials smiling all the way to the bank.  The first...
Season Of Political Migrations: DEFECTORS RULE THE ROOST …

Season Of Political Migrations: DEFECTORS RULE THE ROOST …

Season Of Political Migrations DEFECTORS RULE THE ROOST By Dr.S.Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR) Come election time the country witnesses rampant seasonal migration of politicians, groups and even Parties from their present affiliation to another....
Acute Weapons & Ammo Shortage: WHITHER NATIONAL SECURITY…

Acute Weapons & Ammo Shortage: WHITHER NATIONAL SECURITY…

Acute Weapons & Ammo Shortage WHITHER NATIONAL SECURITY By Dr PK Vasudeva India’s Armed Forces are the world’s third largest military force with strength of over 1.18 million personnel consisting of four professional uniformed services: Army,...
Parties Invoke Dynastic Gods: NEW FAMILIAL BRAT PACK…

Parties Invoke Dynastic Gods: NEW FAMILIAL BRAT PACK…

Parties Invoke Dynastic Gods NEW FAMILIAL BRAT PACK By Poonam I Kaushish In our continuing electoral dance of democracy the flavour of the week is pedigree. No, I am not talking about the canine variety, but our political lineage. Wherein, our Parties...
Crimean Crisis:  OIL, FOOD PRICES MAY RISE…

Crimean Crisis: OIL, FOOD PRICES MAY RISE…

Crimean Crisis  OIL, FOOD PRICES MAY RISE By Shivaji Sarkar New Delhi, March 24 :  The Crimean war of 1850 changed the political course in Europe. This time, the crisis may alter the course of global politico-economy even if does not escalate into a...
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Party Manifestos: RHETORIC OVERTAKES COMMITMENT…

Party Manifestos RHETORIC OVERTAKES COMMITMENT By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) New Delhi, March 21 :  Political parties are busy in selecting candidates and finalizing alliances for the forthcoming Lok Sabha election. Party rallies...
Political Switch: MONEY, POWER CRUSH IDEOLOGY …

Political Switch: MONEY, POWER CRUSH IDEOLOGY …

Political Switch MONEY, POWER CRUSH IDEOLOGY By Chanchal Chauhan This General election there is a loud shrill of ‘alliances’ and ‘Reliances’ in the air. The common man is indeed puzzled to see the changing of sides overnight by some small parties,...
Congressisation Of BJP: TOSS UP: DUFFER, BLUFFER, MUFFLER…

Congressisation Of BJP: TOSS UP: DUFFER, BLUFFER, MUFFLER…

Congressisation Of BJP TOSS UP: DUFFER, BLUFFER, MUFFLER By Poonam I Kaushish An SMS doing the rounds encapsulates the quandary of the aam aadmi as the countdown to Elections 2014 nears. Who should he vote for? Choices: Duffer, bluffer or muffler? Given...
Chhattisgarh Ambush: YET ANOTHER WAKE UP CALL…

Chhattisgarh Ambush: YET ANOTHER WAKE UP CALL…

Chhattisgarh Ambush YET ANOTHER WAKE UP CALL By Insaf New Delhi and Chhattisgarh need to step out of rhetoric and get down to solemn business. The recent Maoist deadly attack in Baastar’s Sukma district, which left 15 security personnel dead, is yet...
Nuclear Security Summit:  CRITICAL ISSUES FOR DEBATE…

Nuclear Security Summit: CRITICAL ISSUES FOR DEBATE…

Nuclear Security Summit  CRITICAL ISSUES FOR DEBATE By Prof. Arvind Kumar (Dept. of Geopolitics & Intl Relations, Manipal Univ) All eyes would be on the forthcoming international Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) 2014 scheduled to be held on 24-25 March...
MNS Googly: BJP-SENA PUT UP BRAVE FRONT ….

MNS Googly: BJP-SENA PUT UP BRAVE FRONT ….

MNS Googly BJP-SENA PUT UP BRAVE FRONT By Nikhil Gajendragadkar  The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has joined the bandwagon of surprises this election season. It has indeed caught the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance off guard by declaring its candidates,...