Reflex Action

Author: 
K R Sudhaman

It is really unfortunate that after three years of fiscal prudence, the Narendra Modi government has indulged in profligacy in the interim budget 2019, apparently with an eye on general elections in April and May, which is not good for the economy, already witnessing strained macro-economic situation since 2018.

Author: 
Debkumar Bhadra

Born on December 12, 1973 in Mannar Ghat village of rural South Andaman, K P Mammu, ever since the age of 12 Yrs, had been winning accolades and medals alike in the field of athletics both at the state as well as national level. Recently, I caught up with the master athlete, wherein he opened up to his past, future plans and the long cherished dream of winning a medal for his country at the international level.

Author: 
Nantoo Banerjee

Full marks to Finance Minister Piyush Goyal for presenting an interim budget that could as well be described as the first draft of the ruling party’s election manifesto.  Suffice it say that the political mission of this budget may not be easy to emulate by the opposition. Legally speaking, the budget provisions are valid only until the next government presents a new budget for the fiscal, 2019-20.  The reliefs and concessions are offered mainly to small farmers and unorganised workers.

Author: 
Arun Srivastava

Like its interim budget, which not only echoes the government’s recklessness more than its desperation, the Modi government is contemplating to come out with an interim national sample survey of employment to impress upon the electorates that there has been significant and substantial job creation under Modi’s tenure.

Author: 
Nitya Chakraborty

The central trade unions representing both organised and unorganized workers of the country are seething with anger at the step motherly treatment to the entire working class of India in the interim budget of the Modi government presented on February 1. Only the BMS belonging to the BJP hailed in a limited manner the budget proposals but the overwhelming opinion among the trade unions was that the budget has been a disaster for the struggling workers who have been worst hit in the recent years due to the policies of the NDA regime.

Author: 
Harihar Swarup

Howsoever hard Prime Minister Narendra Modi may try to construct Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, there appears to be no possibility of the temple coming up before 2019 Lok Sabha elections. That was why the PM has stated that the government would abide by the Supreme Court’s verdict. Meanwhile, the hearing of the apex court is being extended on one pretext or other.

Author: 
Paul Dobson

Self-proclaimed “interim president” Juan Guaidó of Venezuela named a number of “diplomatic representatives” to those countries which have recognized him during the past week. The government of Nicolás Maduro, the actual president of Venezuela, along with its international allies are responding to new U.S. oil sanctions and preparing for possible military intervention.

Author: 
L S Herdenia

Central budget evoked mixed reaction in Madhya Pradesh. While BJP termed it as revolutionary Chief Minister Kamal Nath described it as Jumla. Kamal Nath said it is nothing but election budget. With this the last hope for aachhe din is lost. “The general budget presented today is totally an election budget and will prove to be Jumla and chhalava. The government remembered farmers, the poor, labourers and Gau Mata during the last days of its tenure. The provisions made for farmers are very less compared to what’s required” the CM twitted.

Author: 
B. Sivaraman

They provide food for thousands of children every day in the schools. For this they receive a wage ofRs.1250 per month; or, Rs.42 per day. Unbelievable! In this day and age! But this is the reality of Nitish Kumar’s Bihar.

Author: 
Nitya Chakraborty

Prime Minister and RSS veteran Narendra Modi has fought many a political battles in his long career but on the eve of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he is facing a big onslaught from the opposition parties, especially the president of the rejuvenated Congress Party Rahul Gandhi on the major economic issues facing the nation, mainly the poor including those living in rural areas.

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