Reflex Action

Author: 
Sushil Kutty/Aditya Aamir

This election season in Gujarat is riveting. Make or break. Shake not stir. Aurangzeb and Aiyer. Church and Temple. Neech & preach. Maa Aur Baap. Agent and double-agent. The crux of it: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, if he loses will no longer brag about ‘Gujarat Model’. And Rahul Gandhi if he wins will start his presidential innings with a victory. So the Congress is going all out to win and the BJP is going all out to win. But both cannot win. One party has to lose.

Author: 
Amritananda Chakravorty Mihir Samson

In a dramatic development, the Supreme Court refused to adjourn the case relating to the decades old dispute over the land of the Babri Masjid site till July, 2019, once the election is over. Senior Counsels, including Mr. Kapil Sibal, Mr. Rajeev Dhawan and Mr. Dushyant Dave, appearing for Sunni Waqf Board and other parties submitted to the Court that there was no urgency to hear the matter, and the counsels needed more time to prepare, since the documents and depositions in the title suit were not complete.

Author: 
Anjali Mathew

Every time a Malayali gets sober and sits down to down a peg or two, some or the other bunch of politicians in power remind him that there is a slip between the cup and the lip. This time, the slip is age: A 23-year-old can raise a toast but a 21-year-old cannot stand in line for his quarter and pint!
The LDF government has raised the drinking age from 21 to 23. The 21-year-old has been told that he is not man enough to raise the glass but in two years’ time he will have grown. So, patience.

Author: 
S. Sethuraman

The mid-year monetary policy review from RBI on December 6 reflects worrisome trends with surging inflation on the back of both domestic and international price movements, especially oil, and an widening fiscal slippage in the first eight months of fiscal 2018.

Author: 
Sushil Kutty

It is been a year since Jayalalithaa passed away and the AIADMK splintered. Her aide Sasikala in in jail and O Panneerselvam, her choice to fill in as chief minister the two times she went to jail, got the upper hand, though he could not take it to the logical conclusion as that honour went E Palaniswami’s way.
Sasikala is the big loser. She sought to take over the party as well as the government but failed on both counts. But her absence has not helped AIADMK to coalesce. The divisions and individual ambitions remain.

Author: 
Anjan Roy

Sometimes inaction is as important as action. The Reserve bank of India on December 6 kept its basic policy rate – called the repo rate – unchanged at 6 per cent. Industry and business felt disappointed, saying that the RBI could have cut its repo rate and thus encouraged fresh investment.

Author: 
Arun Srivastava

Crime against women is not a new phenomenon in Independent India. It happened in the sixties and seventies. But of late the dynamics of this crime has seen much distortion. In those years violence against women had a political tenor and it was resorted to as a feudal tool to silence the dissenting voices of the dalits and harijans, which were primarily related to the agricultural scene. In urban areas the violence was too pronounced.

Author: 
Amulya Ganguli

The significance of Barack Obama’s advice to Narendra Modi for preserving and sustaining India’s multicultural ethos lies in the realization of the former US president and perhaps the entire world that India remains the only country whose experiment in pluralism has been a remarkable success.

Author: 
S. Sethuraman

The neck-to-neck fight for dominant BJP with Congress in Gujarat Poll may have currently overshadowed a Modi Government plan on Bank Bail-Out which provides for citizens being deprived of their deposits in public sector banks. This figures in a major law designed to bail out the banking system in deep distress with a Resolution Mechanism.

Author: 
G. Srinivasan

The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) recent assessment of the second half of 2017 to be buoyant for the global trade in merchandise goods has not come a day too soon as India’s exports in October shrank by 1.12 per cent in dollar terms and by four per cent in rupee terms, the weakest show since the 8.6 per cent decline in July 2016.

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