Reflex Action

Author: 
Arun Srivastava

There is no more ambiguity: India has finally agreed to act as an ally of the US by joining the new regional coalition ‘Quad’, an abbreviation for ‘’quadruple’ or four. The other members of the Quad are Japan, America and Australia. India’s stand towards Quad could be deciphered from the remarks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi which he made just before leaving for Manila: “India’s commitment towards deepening engagement with ASEAN and India-Pacific region.”

Author: 
Amritananda Chakravorty Mihir Samson

Last week the Supreme Court witnessed one of the most controversial events in itsentire history. The Chief Justice of India, Mr. Dipak Misra, annuled an order of the second seniormost judge of the Court, Justice J. Chelameshwar and Justice Abdul Nazeer passed on 9th November, 2017, thereby bypassing constitutional and judicial norms and propriety.

Author: 
Kenny Coyle

Nearly 30 years ago, the “death of communism” was announced following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the much-quoted words of the right-wing commentator Francis Fukuyama, it was “the end of history,” marked “the end point of mankind’s ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of human government.” Now it appears that, maybe after all, just like the great anti-imperialist writer Mark Twain, reports of communism’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.

Author: 
Branko Marcetic

A year ago, on November 8, Hillary Clinton lost the presidency to Donald Trump. Ever since then, the Left’s refrain has been: “Bernie would have won.” In the face of pundit after pundit after pundit warning Democrats to embrace Wall Street, move to the center, and abandon policies like Medicare for All and tuition-free college, the Left has insisted that the only way to fight Trumpism is to to embrace an unapologetic message that appeals to all working people.

Author: 
Anjan Roy

On the first anniversary of demonization, it has been demonised. Politicians and commentators pointed out a litany of woes that afflicted India and its poor from the decision to cancel 85% of circulating currency bills. It has been held guilty by high-minded economists for the subsequent slow down of the India economy – to a mere 5.7% in the last as a culmination of the process of deceleration. It has been found useless as most of the cancelled currency had come back into the system through banks.

Author: 
Harihar Swarup

Corruption thrives whether it is the rule of the Congress or the BJP. Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party President Amit Shah have been claiming that in three-and-half years of the BJP rule, not a single case of corruption has come to the fore.

Author: 
Subrata Majumder

West Bengal’s geopolitical situation has a distinct advantage which makes it possible for it to become the gateway to East and South East Asia. Its geographical proximity to eight states of North East and four nations (Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Myanmar) opens up ample opportunities to become the grandstand for Act Asia policy. Its land proximity to North East can act as a potential axis to North East – Myanmar connectivity, which emerged as a new dimension of Indo–Pacific outreach after Myanmar attained full democracy in November 2016.

Author: 
Nilanjan Banik

November 8 marked the one-year anniversary of the great Indian demonetization move. India's demonetization move should not be looked in isolation. One can find instances of demonetization elsewhere as well. In October 2014, Singapore got rid of its1000 dollar note; in 2011 Canada stopped issuing 1000 dollar notes, and in 2013 Sweden did the same with the1000-Krona note, all as a way to stop financial crimes.

Author: 
* Dr. S. Ganesan

The human interest for movement from one place-to-another has been expanding day-by-day. Like open sea, surrounding all sides of Island, the scope of tourism is also wide open in all its dimensions. The pleasure of tour and travel is enjoyed by people, for a range of one-day tour to long duration (few months) tour stay. To meet the growing demands of tourists, in both the organized sector and unorganized sectors of tourism industry, all the possible steps are being taken both government and private orgnaisations.

Author: 
Dr. Arun Mitra

The dense smog, which has engulfed large part of north India, including Punjab, Haryana, western UP, parts of Rajasthan and NCR Delhi is a matter of serious concern. It is a result of polluting material mixed with vapours. The pollutants mainly come from vehicular emissions, industrial effluents and smoke coming out of burning of paddy straw in the fields. With fall in atmospheric temperature these get suspended near to the ground level. Low wind speed and no rain have aggravated the problem.

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