Reflex Action

Author: 
Arun Srivastava

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has lost the battle for survival even before it was trumpeted. The manner in which Nitish has been shifting the goal post and shuffling agendas gives a clear indication that he is in deep crisis and unable to evolve his future course of action.

Author: 
Harihar Swarup

Encouraged by the poll success in Karnataka and by-elections in Uttar Pradesh, Opposition unity looks certain in the run up to the general elections in 2019. If the Opposition sticks together, the BJP led by Narendra and Amit Shah, appears to be in trouble. Presuming the BJP is routed in Lok Sabha election in May, next year, what will be the scenario like? First, who will lead the grand coalition? The Congress, which may emerge as single largest party, is bound to stake its claim to leadership, but there are many aspirants for the Prime Minister’s post.

Author: 
K Raveendran

The most hilarious court judgment ever is attributed to Sir Roger de Coverley, an Old English fictional character. Sitting in judgment for three days, hearing a dispute between two men complaining against each other, Sir Roger finally gave the verdict: Much might be said about both sides.

Author: 
K R Sudhaman

Three years after setting up of Niti Aayog and path-breaking award of 42 per cent devolution to states from the central pool of taxes by the 14th Finance Commission, the question is now asked whether fiscal federalism has really got a shot in the arm by these path-breaking steps. Has Prime Minister Narendra Modi achieved the much-touted promise of fiscal federalism? Modi as Gujarat chief minister was among several chief ministers critical of what they called over-centralisation and arm-twisting approach of the Planning commission.

Author: 
Dr. S. Ganesan Regional Director, IGNOU

The school education ends at higher secondary level and make the eligibility to go for college/university level education. During my college days, one of my college professor said that our next 40-years of life is determined by the first degree. It was always echoing in my mind during my B.Sc, Physics studies, and remained as constant motivator for entire study period. I personally is a witness of enjoying the benefit of first degree (UG) to get government job based on B.Sc.

Author: 
L.S. Herdenia

Eight days of farmers’ agitation have passed off peacefully. The only major event during this period was the visit of Congress president Rahul Gandhi to Mandsaur district, which saw six persons killed in violence last year. Five of them were killed by police bullets. Congress arranged the visit of Rahul Gandhi to coincide with the first anniversary of this brutal act of the police. Besides addressing a massive rally, Rahul also met the family members of those who were killed by the Police.

Author: 
K R Sudhaman

The Indian economic growth figures for January- March 2018 quarter announced early June are certainly encouraging. The CSO figures say fourth quarter of 2017-18 recorded 7.7 per cent GDP growth, which is an eight quarter high. Following this growth momentum, the overall GDP is now revised upwards to 6.7 per cent for 2017-18. This indicates that the demonetization impact is fading and GST related glitches are getting resolved, rating agency Crisil says, adding the broad take away is that there has been a sharp upturn in economic activity.

Author: 
G Srinivasan

For the Modi Government, the celebration of the four years of corruption-free governance with the receipt of the mixed message of the latest batch of by-polls to Lok Sabha and State Assemblies across the nation behind, the crucial final year of its first term is replete with existential challenges on the economic front.

Author: 
Amulya Ganguli

As in London last April, Narendra Modi participated in a choreographed question-and-answer session in Singapore recently, where one of his responses was apparently to a pre-set query. The difference between the two events was that the BJP aficionado and censor board chief, Prasoon Joshi, managed to camouflage the pre-arranged nature of the show in London with much greater efficiency than what was done in Singapore.   

Author: 
Sushil Kutty

Arundhati Roy’s first book God of Small Things won the Man Booker in 1997. Second book Ministry of Utmost Happiness made it to the list but sank in its own sea of utmost unhappiness. Not surprising. For, it is like “beyond the flyover, the city got less sure of itself.”

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