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Religious Freedom: PERCEPTION OF TOLERANCE…

Religious Freedom PERCEPTION OF TOLERANCE By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) Rights of minorities and religious conversions end up being hot topics these days triggering controversies galore. While the latest has erupted over...
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Espionage Case: DELHI RINGS WARNING BELLS…

Espionage Case DELHI RINGS WARNING BELLS By Insaf Delhi, the national capital stinks after the ‘oil spill’. The sensational corporate-espionage case involving the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas has wider repercussions for the country’s...
Smart Cities: HERALDING A NEW AGE? ….

Smart Cities: HERALDING A NEW AGE? ….

Smart Cities HERALDING A NEW AGE? By Dhurjati Mukherjee The growth of cities has been a unique phenomenon in the country and, according to the United Nations, India is expected to add 404 million people between 2004 and 2050. Experts believe that it...
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Kejriwal’s Re-Election: IMPACT ON NATIONAL POLITICS…

Kejriwal’s Re-Election IMPACT ON NATIONAL POLITICS By Dr S Saraswathi Practising politicians as well as political scientists are drawing lessons from the Delhi election that is believed to be a potential game-changer in Indian politics. People can legitimately...
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AAP Promises: BIG DREAMS SANS REVENUE…

AAP Promises BIG DREAMS SANS REVENUE By Shivaji Sarkar Delhi votes the bizarre way. A high price-hit people, despite fall in inflation statistics, believed that the moon promised by Aam Admi Party would be delivered to them. It has a severe cost to the...
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Preamble Controversy: NO SUBSTANCE, SIMPLY POLITICS…

Preamble Controversy NO SUBSTANCE, SIMPLY POLITICS By S Saraswati Nothwithstanding the Government putting to rest the recent row over the Preamble of the Constitition, the debate provides a disturbing insight. The issue today is not about the significance...
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Nagaland Logjam: OVER, NO MUSICAL CHAIRS…

Nagaland Logjam OVER, NO MUSICAL CHAIRS By Insaf Nagging uncertainty in Nagaland is thankfully over. Chief Minister T R Zeliang would heave a sigh of relief having emerged victorious in ‘protecting the dignity of his office’. For the past month, he...
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Tiger Census: STRONG GOVERNANCE CRITICAL…

Tiger Census STRONG GOVERNANCE CRITICAL By Proloy Bagchi A lot of cheer has been brought to tiger and environment lovers by the latest Tiger Census conducted in late 2014. There seems to have been a revival in its numbers after the dismal count of 2006,...
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Nepal’s Constitution: INDIA, WORLD AWAIT OUTCOME …

Nepal’s Constitution INDIA, WORLD AWAIT OUTCOME By Ashok B Sharma India, with the rest of the world is watching with eagerness the transition of Nepal to a full-fledged republic with a Constitution that aims to empower all segments of the society....
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It’s Raining Desertions: CONGRESS PARTY OF LOLITAS…

It’s Raining Desertions CONGRESS PARTY OF LOLITAS By Poonam I Kaushish Political Delhi resembles a battle field as Parties trade charges and finger point in the run-up to polls in four days. Amidst the daily hectoring between BJP and AAP, the indolent...
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‘Corruption-Free India’: GOA BELIES MODI’S AFFIRMATION …

‘Corruption-Free India’ GOA BELIES MODI’S AFFIRMATION By Insaf   The BJP-led Government in Goa should be a cause of embarrassment and worry for the Centre. It has put a big question mark on Prime Minister’s promise of making India “corruption-free”....
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Asia-Pacific Geopolitics: OBAMA NEEDS INDIA MORE…

Asia-Pacific Geopolitics OBAMA NEEDS INDIA MORE By Ashok B Sharma It is abundantly clear that the United States needs India more than the latter needs the former. The US has forged strategic partnership with India in the region of its particular geopolitical...
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NITI Aayog: ARE ITS PLANS IN PLACE? …

NITI Aayog ARE ITS PLANS IN PLACE? By Dhurjati Mukherjee It is close to a month, and there is no news on what’s transpiring at NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India), after much fanfare of its setting up. While most analysts have...
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Making ‘Her’Story….: BUT WILL MALES BE FAIR?…

Making ‘Her’Story…. BUT WILL MALES BE FAIR? By Poonam I Kaushish In this silly season wherein Republic Day festivities have been drenched in US President Obama magic, setting hearts aflutter, entrancing netagan, enthralling CEO’s and defining...
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Land Acquisition: STATES PUT QUESTION MARK…

Land Acquisition STATES PUT QUESTION MARK By Insaf The Centre has more on its plate than it can handle. Developments in some States over its ordinance on land acquisition should see it burning the midnight oil to put a strategy in place before the Budget...
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Economic Reforms: TIME FOR WELFARE CAPITALISM…

Economic Reforms TIME FOR WELFARE CAPITALISM By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) To meet the fiscal deficit target for this year, it is reported that the Central government is working on drastically cutting down allocations in the social...
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Turmoil In Bangladesh: INDIA MUST KEEP PROMISES…

Turmoil In Bangladesh INDIA MUST KEEP PROMISES By Ashok B Sharma Peace and development in India is possible, if there is peace and stability in the immediate neighbourhood. India, being the major economy in South Asia is of course the main driver of...
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Army Modernisation: PLAN HIT AS BUDGET CUT …

Army Modernisation PLAN HIT AS BUDGET CUT By Dr PK Vasudeva Modernisation of the Indian Defence Forces is a continuous process based on threat perception, operational challenges, technological changes and available sources. The process is based on a...
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Progress Impeded: PEOPLE-CENTRIC PLAN VITAL…

Progress Impeded PEOPLE-CENTRIC PLAN VITAL By Shivaji Sarkar Indian economy is going through a crisis. Despite fall in global oil prices, some moderation in inflation – not fall, small 2.2 per cent increase in industrial production during the past eight...
Delhi’s Big Battle : BJP GETS A CM FACE?…

Delhi’s Big Battle : BJP GETS A CM FACE?…

Delhi’s Big Battle BJP GETS A CM FACE? By Insaf The BJP can heave a sigh of relief. Rather it can be buoyant. And while it won’t like to admit, it has got its elusive chief ministerial candidate for the big battle in Delhi. Handicapped with internal...
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