Reflex Action

Author: 
Sushil Kutty

So, it wasn’t a never-ending tease? The BJP is done with the Sabarimala sannidanam and is all set to take the battle to the Secretariat, handicapped as it is with just a single face in the Kerala Assembly to make a stand, raise ruckus. The skirmish inside the assembly is between the LDF and UDF and the BJP is banking on Swami Ayyappa to change the composition of the House.

Author: 
K. Raveendran

Modi came to power promising to eradicate black money and corruption by putting end to a system where the ruling elites and their cronies pocketed all the wealth while people struggled for survival. With only months to go for his term, whether it was the first only posterity will tell, he has become very much part of the system he was promising to fight. Today he is steeped in all the vices that he had accused the dynastic Congress of monopolising.

Author: 
B. Sivaraman

Google employees are at it again. In April 2018, 3,100 out of 4,000 employees at the Google headquarters signed a letter protesting Google’s contract with Pentagon to develop an artificial-intelligence-based autonomous weapons system and forced the Google management not to renew that contract. On 1 November 2018, thousands of Google employees took out marches in scores of cities across the world to protest absence of unbiased and firm policies against sexual harassment at work.

Author: 
Anjan Roy

The sheer audacity of Piyush Gupta’s ambition is astonishing. He is aspiring to create an eco-system which will transform the entire transport system of India by making EVs (electric vehicles) ubiquitous. That, he believes, should cut down India’s oil import bill by no less than $100 billion — his avowed target. Pray, how?

Author: 
Dr D Harishkumar

A few seconds of impatience on roads leads to permanent patients with disabilities in life. Life is so precious and we all know how difficult is it to cope up with sudden loss of life of near and dear. One of the major reasons for sudden death is due to accidents which could have been easily avoided by mere patience. An accident means an unexpected and unintentional incident causing damage or injury. The victim could have been a sole bread winner of the family, only son or daughter of parent and with the dreams of forthcoming marriage and so on.

Author: 
K R Sudhaman

India’s retail sector, cruising towards $1 trillion by 2020 growing annually at 20 per cent, is in for exciting times as consumers want “clean and swanky” stores, even as ecommerce and kirana stores grow side by side as they too have their utility and share of the pie.
“India is in a bright spot… Very soon fancy stores will be coming into India…. Eventually shopping will become very clean, very luxurious and retailers will make their shops destination oriented,” said Dunnhumby India head Anthony Kilili, an expert in predictive analytics.

Author: 
Barun Das Gupta

General elections in Bangladesh will be held on December 30. The opposition had boycotted the last elections in 2014, only to regret it later. The ruling Awami League, won 127 out of 154 seats uncontested and scored a cake-walk victory.  This time the opposition is not going to make the same mistake.

Author: 
Aditya Aamir

Different strokes for different people are giving Kerala Police a bad name. Shouting ‘Sat Sri Akal’ doesn’t invite instant arrest in Amritsar post the recent grenade attack, which killed several people, but chanting ‘Sharanam Ayyappa’ in Sabarimala can land the Ayyappa devotee in the slammer, especially if the hombre is a BJP or per chance an RSS activist. This ‘difference’ is giving the BJP and an “RSS TV channel” grist to drive a wedge between Hindu and other communities.

Author: 
Gopal Sankaranarayanan

At the beginning of last month, Justice Ranjan Gogoi commenced his term at the helm of the Supreme Court. He was quick to admit that he was “strict” and that he ought to be accepted thus. For those us who have crossed his path these half dozen years, this comes as no surprise. It is a welcome attribute in fact, if one has to truly retrieve an institution that is creaking under the heavy burdens of its past.

Author: 
Amulya Ganguli

Mayawati’s comment that she is not interested in a post-poll pact with her latest ally, Ajit Jogi, in Chhattisgarh is yet another example of her singularly self-centred brand of politics which has little place for political partners outside her immediate objectives.

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