Number game

The recent victory of the Congress in the Hindi and central heartland of India in the just concluded elections appear to have brightened the chances of an anti-BJP front for the next general elections, which are a few months away.…

Centralisation of power

Centralisation of power has been the main theme of Raghuram Rajan’s 9th November, 2018 address at the University of California in Berkley. He spoke in critical terms of the practice of centralization, much in vogue in Indian nation state. Raghuram…

Jubilation and Trepidation

As the days get nearer to Christmas Day, the heart feels both jubilation and trepidation simultaneously because Christmas generally connotes endings and beginnings of not only the year(s) but also of so many hopes, dreams, yearning, wishes, wants and needs…

Farmers’ in distress

The country-wide distress of the farmers smitten by false assurances, lack of focus on agrarian sector and poor implementation of the announced policies related to farming is fast creating a churning within the country, which will have far reaching political…

GDP growth rate

The recently released figures on the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate in the previous years particularly during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) regimes appear to have become a point of debate by political…

Winds of change

The phenomenal success of the Congress party in 3 out of 5 state elections, the other two having been romped by regional players is an indication of the winds of change sweeping the country. The poll results reveal that not…

Leadership-handicap

On December 13, the Press Trust of India (PTI) reported Parliament was informed on that same day that the Union Government owes cash-strapped Air India `1,000.62 crore. The PTI report states: “In a reply to a question in the Lok…

Extradition issues

The extradition of British businessman Christian Michel, alleged to be middleman in August Westland helicopters case, to India last week can be considered as a diplomatic success for various reasons. But this is being touted as a political victory by…

Total disorder

There is no denying that we are today witness to a rapid increase in crime graph in the State. Criminal onslaught is putting our social system in a most vulnerable position. From family disputes, to inter-village clashes to communal/tribal misunderstandings,…

Disturbing trend

The recent violence in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district, in which one SHO and a youth were killed, is another sign of toll being taken on civic order due to the failure of the government to crack down on vigilante groups.…