Reflex Action

The Delhi High Court is currently considering a batch of petitions challenging the validity of the exemption of marital rape in the rape law of India, i.e., marital rape is not a crime, as per Section 375, Indian Penal Code, 1860 (‘IPC’). The writ petitions have been filed by the RIT foundation and the All India Democratic Women’s Association (AIDWA). A marital rape victim has also joined as an intervener.

P. Sreekumaran

The induction of Alphons Kannanthanam into the Narendra Modi Cabinet betrays the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) desperate attempt to expand its vote base by wooing the Christian community.
But the move is seen unlikely to yield the desired results as the ground reality is entirely different. Unless there is a radical change in the attitude of the BJP, RSS and its fringe organizations, the Christians do not seem to be in a  mood to reach out to the Modi dispensation at the Centre.

Kalyani Shankar

With a reported 50 inches of rainfall and flash-flooding last week, Hurricane Harvey in Texas has gripped world’s attention. The fury is said to have returned after 500 years. The storm has displaced more than 1 million people, with 50 feared dead from flooding that paralyzed the state. But halfway around the world, another flood has wreaked havoc in India at the same time. What a contrast between the way India and the US react to the natural calamities?

Subrata Majumder

In spite of China sending a signal to Modi before the BRICS summit that any reference to Pakistan sheltering terrorism would jeopardize the summit, Narendra Modi managed to bring the issue to the centrestage. The Joint Declaration of the five-nations BRICS Forum at its 9th Summit in Xiamen city in China named Pakistan based outfits Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lasdhkar-e-Toiba (LeT) as scary terrorist groups and called for the extermination of terrorism from their soils. China was the chairperson of the summit.

Harihar Swarup

Despite Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar ditching the Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) and joining hands with the BJP, it is in national interest to ensure that the alliance does not collapse. The grand opposition rally sponsored by the RJD in Patna was a welcome step in this direction. The rally drew in senior political leaders from, at least, 12 parties — including Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, former UP CM Akhilesh Yadav, rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, former Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, Congress’s Ghulam Nabi Azad and CPI’s D Raja.

Nantoo Banerjee

It is rather shocking that a former Reserve Bank governor should be urging the government to shut down losing public sector banks (PSB) instead of making them profitable through a judicious process of consolidation. Bank shut-down will severely harm the country’s millions of depositors leading to a major social and economic chaos, in the process.  Bank is run with depositors’ money. Depositors trust the system because they trust the country’s central bank and its policies.

Dr. Arun Mitra

According to the law, a ‘senior citizen’ means any person being a citizen of India who has attained the age of sixty years or above. Population Census 2011 revealed that there are nearly 104 million elderly persons (aged 60 years or above) in India; 53 million females and 51 million males. A report released by the United Nations Population Fund and HelpAge India suggests that the number of elderly persons is expected to grow to 173 million by 2026. Both the share and size of elderly population is increasing over time.

K Raveendran

The affable C Achutha Menon, heading a coalition CPI-Congress ministry in the seventies, is widely rated as Kerala’s best chief minister ever, despite the obnoxious tag of Emergency attached to his ministry. While VS Achuthanandan is an all-time popular chief minister, whose public support, particularly among the youth, has been the envy of any politician, his party always breathed down his neck, according him little space to perform as he wished.

Anjan Roy

The latest national income figures show that our national income growth has slowed down a bit. The pace of growth might peak at times just as it might slow down. What is important is the secular trend over a period. Going by the latest release, India’s GDP rose by 5.7% in the April to June quarter this year, against 7.9% in the same period last year. Hence, there is crowing that our growth has taken a hit from a series of inadvertent policy moves.

Kamal Nayan Kabra

The latest monetary and currency circulation data published by the RBI has nailed many myths assiduously built around a historic political and economic measure of epic significance: it was supposed to strike a deadly blow against huge hoards of black money as the high denomination currency notes were simply rendered not worth the paper they were printed on! Thus, what was wreaking havoc of many deadly hues on the common masses was supposed to give way to a future free from the scourge of black money.