Reflex Action

Author: 
G. Srinivasan

India’s policy wonks and mandarins in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry have at long last woken up from their feigned slumber to put in place a draft National Policy on Electronic Commerce (e-commerce) a few days ago. This draft with warts and all would now be scanned by a heavy 70-member think tank chaired by Union Minister for Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu. As the draft was authored by the just-retired Commerce Secretary Rita Teaotia, it had all the ingredients to make the stakeholders feel frustrated.

Author: 
B. Sivaraman

“US-China trade war can make Indian products competitive”— declared some newspaper headlines on 5 and 6 August 2018, reproducing verbatim the press release of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). One started wondering why the premier industry chambers in the country should just restrict itself to seeing only new opportunity opening up due to the unfolding trade war instead of expressing concern over the possible overall adverse fallout of it.

Author: 
Sankar Ray

Political breeze in Islamabad stinks as the foul smell of many a compromise takes away fragrance from the hitherto street-smart Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf president Imran Khan Niazi as he had to compromise unethically to ensure a stable government. If all goes well, the formal announcement of Prime Minister (obviously ‘King Khan himself) will coincide with finalised results of National Assembly and provincial assemblies. The PTI chief will swear in at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, the residence of President of Pakistan Mamnoon Hussain on 11 August.

Author: 
Gyan Pathak

Poverty is no crime, because a poor man does not commit a crime by not being able to overcome his poverty. He is rather a victim of the complex socio-political system that makes him poor, keeps him so, and exact penalty for not being able to overcome his poverty. The banks in India under the present dispensation is precisely doing the same. They have raised about Rs 5,000 crore in penalty from the poor account holders in the financial year ending March 31, 2018 for their failure to maintain sufficient bank balance.

Author: 
Sushil Kutty

Guess governments start to get more and more influenced by the party that forms the government as general elections approach. Witness the BJP-led Modi government. It has become more party-focused than country-concerned these last several months.

Author: 
Aditya Aamir

The Supreme Court of India has ‘reserved’ its judgement on the petition seeking entry of women of all ages to Sabarimala. It is gender-equality versus religious privilege/isolation. So far, there is no constitutional right for women of certain ages to enter Sabarimala. The Supreme Court has been requested to make it into a couple of articles.

Author: 
Nitya Chakraborty

If the reports about the negotiations among the leading opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh- Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Congress and the Rashtriya Lok Dal, on seat sharing for the coming Lok Sabha poll are any indication, the opposition parties have made a major breakthrough in achieving their objective of unitedly ousting the Narendra Modi government from power in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Author: 
Mark Gruenberg

It’s been 44 years, come August 8-9, 1974, since Republican President Richard M. Nixon resigned in disgrace – before being thrown out of the Oval Office via impeachment and conviction – due to the accumulated scandals, constitutional crimes and cover-ups collectively known as Watergate.

Author: 
Subrata Majumder

BRICS accounted for 23 percent of world economy, 16 percent of world trade and contributed 50 percent to global economic growth. Given these high stakes in global economy, trade war opens a new opportunity for BRICS to play a dynamic role to protect the global multilateral trading system, which is in jeopardy after USA signaled trade unilateralism.

Author: 
Barun Das Gupta

The second National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam was published on July 30. (The first one was published way back in 1951) After its publication, 40,06,707 residents of Assam, many of them living there for several generations, found that their names “had not appeared” in the NRC. They have now been given time till September 28 to apply for inclusion of their names with documents.

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