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Prabhat Patnaik

Volume II of the Economic Survey which was brought out by the ministry of finance a few days ago paints an extremely grim picture of the Indian economy. The growth rate of real Gross Value Added (GVA which is the appropriate thing to look at, since the GDP measure includes net indirect taxes and hence does not truly reflect output trends), was 6.6 per cent for 2016-17 as a whole, compared to 7.9 per cent for 2015-16.

Arun Srivastava

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena last week sacked the outspoken justice minister Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe for publicly criticising the government’s $1.1 billion deal with China to develop the strategic Hambantota port. His sacking was recommended by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was angry with Rajapakshe for questioning the government’s July 29 decision to sell a 70-per cent stake in the port to a Chinese firm, a move that could raise security concerns in India.

The Supreme Court has come down heavily on the Centre and State Governments for their failure to control those who terrorize the people in the name of the cow. They resort to violence at the slightest provocation and take the law into their own hands and mete out summary ‘justice’ which often means lynching person or persons to death. The identity of these criminals are known – they all belong to what is loosely called ‘the Sangh Parivar’ – but the problem is that no member organization of the Parivar ever owns them up.