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Gorakhpur Tragedy: NATIONAL DIALOGUE CRITICAL…

Gorakhpur Tragedy: NATIONAL DIALOGUE CRITICAL…

Gorakhpur Tragedy NATIONAL DIALOGUE CRITICAL By Shivaji Sarkar  Tragedies shake the nation. The recent 70-odd deaths of children in a Gorakhpur hospital were a shock. So were the diarrheal and dengue deaths in Kerala in June. Be it Kerala, Uttar Pradesh...
Creating New India: PLAN A BIGGER CAKE…

Creating New India: PLAN A BIGGER CAKE…

Creating New India PLAN A BIGGER CAKE  By Shivaji Sarkar The 71st year of Independence begins with the call by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for eradication of corruption, poverty, terrorism, casteism, communalism to create a new India. This is significant...
My Dalit Vs Your Dalit: CASTE PERVADES PRESIDENT’S POLL…

My Dalit Vs Your Dalit: CASTE PERVADES PRESIDENT’S POLL…

My Dalit Vs Your Dalit CASTE PERVADES PRESIDEN’S POLL By Poonam I Kaushish The caste genie unleashed three decades ago has now devoured India’s presidency. Bringing things to such a pass that India’s next Presidential contest is not about whether...

Water Contamination: CLEANSE, OVERHAUL SYSTEM…

Water Contamination CLEANSE, OVERHAUL SYSTEM By Dr Oishee Mukherjee Water contamination has been a long-standing problem in the country but successive governments have done precious little to tackle the problem through what is required–affirmative...

Modi’s Report Card: HEALTHY ECONOMY, JOB CRUNCH …

Modi’s Report Card HEALTHY ECONOMY, JOB CRUNCH By Dhurjati Mukherjee As the Modi government enters the fourth year of its term, its economic report card looks relatively good. When the Government assumed office in 2013, the economy was in a rather...
ESCAP Projection: INDIA AMONG WORLD HOTSPOTS…

ESCAP Projection: INDIA AMONG WORLD HOTSPOTS…

ESCAP Projection INDIA AMONG WORLD HOTSPOTS By Shivaji Sarkar There is good news for India. It remains among the world hotspots and the growth in 2018 is to touch 7.5 per cent, says the United Nations Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific...

India-Lanka Ties: NATIONAL, NOT STATE SUBJECT…

India-Lanka Ties NATIONAL, NOT STATE SUBJECT By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) After a long gap of 28 years, the visit of Indian Prime Minister to Sri Lanka is an event bound to attract regional reaction as well as global attention....

NDA’s 3 Years: NEW INDIA EMERGING…

NDA’s 3 Years NEW INDIA EMERGING By Shivaji Sarkar  Three years of Narendra Modi Government is changing the economic paradigm.  It is planning a New India campaign to continue beyond 2019. The mantra is connectivity – connecting with the marginalised...
Rising Depression: TREAT & TACKLE LESS HAPPINESS…

Rising Depression: TREAT & TACKLE LESS HAPPINESS…

Rising Depression TREAT & TACKLE LESS HAPPINESS By Dr Oishee Mukherjee Quite rightly the theme selected for this year’s World Health Day has been depression. As is well known, over 300 million people world-wide suffer from depression but the situation...

Transforming Railways: GOVT ON THE RIGHT TRACK?…

Transforming Railways GOVT ON THE RIGHT TRACK? By Dhurjati Mukherjee The recent Cabinet approval to set up an independent regulatory authority augurs well for the Railways, which has for quite some time facing severe financial problems. The authority...

Swachh Bharat:WIDER CONCEPT NOT CLEANLINESS…

Swachh Bharat WIDER CONCEPT NOT CLEANLINESS By Shivaji Sarkar India is one of the fastest growing markets. Low data tariffs are pushing smart TVs. The Asian Development Bank has predicted higher 7.2 to 7.6 per cent growth. This is all good news amid the...
Gau Rakshak Dals:KARNATAKA JOINS BANDWAGON…

Gau Rakshak Dals:KARNATAKA JOINS BANDWAGON…

Gau Rakshak Dals KARNATAKA JOINS BANDWAGON By Insaf   Holy cow, Karnataka has sprung a shocker! The Congress-led Siddaramiah government has defended its law shielding ‘Gau Rakshaks’ to prevent cow slaughter in the State. This comes in the...

States Fiscal Deficit: VITAL TO GENERATE RESOURSES…

India’s fiscal deficit has been brought under control though the States shortfall will increase marginally to 3.3 per cent of GDP in 2017-18, according to India Ratings & Research estimates. India’s combined debt of around 70 per cent of GDP is...

Cheap Generic Drugs: VITAL TO TACKLE DISEASES …

Cheap Generic Drugs VITAL TO TACKLE DISEASES By Dr. Oishee Mukherjee The Government’s bold decision recently whereby doctors have to write the generic names of drugs and the Medical Council of India (MCI) issuing a circular to all medical college principals,...

MCD Elections: BJP SWEEPS THE BROOM…

MCD Elections BJP SWEEPS THE BROOM By Insaf The Modi wave has put the local elections to the MCD under its spell. Notwithstanding it ruling the roost for over ten years and an abysmal record and seeped in corruption. True, at one level one can argue that...
Civil Services: TIME FOR REDEDICATION…

Civil Services: TIME FOR REDEDICATION…

Civil Services TIME FOR REDEDICATION By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) Prime Minister, Narendra Modi  speaking to civil servants on the Civil Services Day (21st April), reminded them that the sooner the government would change from...
UP’s Babri Trial: RAM TEMPLE GOES ON HOLD? …

UP’s Babri Trial: RAM TEMPLE GOES ON HOLD? …

UP’s Babri Trial RAM TEMPLE GOES ON HOLD? By Insaf   Uttar Pradesh and ruling BJP’s Ram temple promise has come into sharp focus on the national radar. The Supreme Court, on Wednesday last, put its senior party leaders Murli Manohar Joshi, L...
Marathi Cinema In Limelight..

Marathi Cinema In Limelight..

Marathi Cinema In Limelight By Nikhil Gajendragadkar Maharashtra has a lot to cheer with this year’s National Film Awards. Marathi film ‘Kaasav’ (Turtle) bagged the Golden Lotus for the Best film. The prestigious trophy was won by the Marathi Film...

By-Poll Or Buy Poll: SYSTEM NEEDS SHAKE UP…

By-Poll Or Buy Poll System Needs Shake Up Dr. S.Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi)   The Election Commission has postponed the by-election to Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly in R.K.Nagar constituency in Chennai city scheduled for 12th April,...

UP’s Farm Loan Waiver: DOUBLE-EDGED POLITICAL SWORD…

UP’s Farm Loan Waiver DOUBLE-EDGED POLITICAL SWORD By Shivaji Sarkar  Indian farmers are in distress. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s Rs 36,359 crore farm loan waiver is the beginning of a new thought process. It can neither be dismissed...