Interim Budget

The BJP-government has moved away from the established conventional norms of presenting financial proposals on account before the announcement of general elections in the country. The Interim Budget 2019-20 has been ranked as one of the most politically expedient ones,…

A dangerous game

The BJP-led government at the Centre continues to ignore the cry of North East people over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill despite numerous ongoing protests in the region since the contentious Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha. In Nagaland, another…

Violation of norms

The high-voltage drama in West Bengal which does not enhance the prestige of the nation could have been avoided. It had all the ingredients of under-mining democracy, federalism and hampering credibility of institutions. Worst of all, it showcased the might…

Archaic laws

The filing of a charge-sheet naming student activists Kanhaiya Kumar, Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya in a sedition case from 2016 after three years by the Delhi police smacks of a political conspiracy or demonstrates the inefficiency of the police.…

Economic disparities

The Centre’s claim of India as world’s fast growing major economy may be catching up with the richer economies in term of absolute size but economic convergence within the country remain a distant dream. Most of the poorer states in…

Seasonal influenza

Deaths of more than 70 persons and over 1800 testing positive for the Swine Flu that spread in an epidemic form in Rajasthan and its adjoining states need to be taken seriously by both the state as well as the…

Dismal rural education

The recent reports aimed at assessing the learning and reading capabilities of the students in rural areas of the country paint a very dismal picture of the entire infra-structure and the facilities provided therein. One report points out that there…

Publicity campaigns

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has courted another controversy by sending out personal message to an estimated 7.5 crore beneficiaries of Ayushman across the country costing Rs 15.50 crore to the state exchequer. It has rattled the opposition as the letter…

Manner of speech & messages

Cultural variations dictate and determine the contents and characteristics of the manner of speech of various peoples across the globe. It is said that generally Asians make small talk before coming to the main point. Some would even say we…

Unfettering political shackles

These are days, they say, of undermining constitutional and government institutions. But is it so? At least in India, undermining such institutions is not really a new phenomenon ~ this problem is said to have started sometime in the early…