Reflex Action

Author: 
Harihar Swarup

Is the idea of holding Lok Sabha and assembly elections simultaneously possible? Presuming it is possible, will it be practical and will all opposition parties support it? The RSS-BJP combine that sets the agenda for governance of the country has floated the idea of simultaneous elections for the Lok Sabha and 29 states and seven union territories. Their contention is that simultaneous elections will save money and time and the elected representatives—MPs and MLAs—will be able to devote more time and energy for the task of governance.

Author: 
B.K. Chum

English Daily National Herald established in Lucknow on December 9, 1938 with Jawaharlal Nehru as its first editor had carried on its masthead “FREEDOM IS IN PERIL, DEFEND IT WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT”. Had the legendary cartoonist Jimmy Friell been alive today, he would have re-captioned his cartoon “INDIA’S DEMOCRACY AND ECONOMY ARE IN PERIL, DEFEND THEM WITH ALL YOUR MIGHT”.

Author: 
V.Srinivas

Rapid agriculture growth and rapid rural employment growth were always the focus of India’s policy makers. Mahatma Gandhi envisaged India as a Nation of self-sufficient autonomous village republics. Land - the summum bonum of rural existence, and agricultural structure was the most important determinant of India’s development. Highly skewed distribution of land was responsible for agricultural backwardness.

Author: 
Arun Srivastava

Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s comment “anti-national forces can't appreciate economic trends” betrays the acute compulsion of survival in the BJP. It also signifies a desperate attempt to distance himself from the remarks of his senior leader Yashwant Sinha. The use of the term anti-national for Sinha is indeed shocking.

Author: 
Mrinal K Biswas

There is no more any gain saying that the Indian economy is caught up with falling growth, failing business and stalled employment generation. Discontent is brewing and government appears clueless as to how it can address the problems but claims nonetheless that there is nothing much to worry about.

Author: 
Arun Srivastava

Going by the government standard, the success of the prime minister’s exalted agenda Swachh Bharat Mission has been quite commendable.  The Establishment has been putting out its best to make the programme a landmark. Since the mission involves a huge investment, the officials have been ebullient and not tired of claiming success.

Author: 
Nitya Chakraborty

After more than forty months of the NDA rule led by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the eco-politics of the country is at a crossroads. The Modi bubble is steadily bursting. All sections of the population are aggrieved -- from the poorest section in the rural areas to the major sections of the industrialists who have no tie ups with the BJP leadership.

Author: 
Amulya Ganguli

No one says any more that the “achhe din” are here, while those like Omar Abdullah and Nitish Kumar, who claimed that Narendra Modi faced no challenges, have fallen silent. Even the boasts about the BJP ushering in a Congress-mukt Bharat have died down.
Instead, we have seen the unusual spectacle of the redoubtable Amit Shah breaking away from his Jan Raksha (save the people) padayatra in Kerala to rush to Delhi for a round of consultations with Modi and others to save the party from a critical political and economic situation.

Author: 
S. Sethuraman

As India wallows in the post-demonetisation mire, the global growth is accelerating to 3.6 per cent in 2017 and 3.7 per cent in 2018 with pickups in investment, trade, and industrial production in advanced and other emerging economies, coupled with strengthening business and consumer confidence.

Author: 
Barun Das Gupta

Last week, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was in Dhaka on a three-day visit to sign a $4.5 billion letter of credit to Bangladesh. The decision in this regard was announced last April during Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Delhi visit. India’s aid package to Bangladesh has increased steadily. This is the third LoC India has signed with Bangladesh. The first one was for $862 million, while the second one was for $2 billion. The latest deal is more than double the size of the second.

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