Reflex Action

Author: 
K Raveendran

Cartel versus cartel is certainly a fair deal. Oil cartel OPEC has been holding the world to ransom by manipulating supplies so that the buyers pay a price that can sustain the extravagant life of their rulers and citizens for endless time. The whole world has been suffering because they happen to possess a resource without which human progress in its present form is not possible. As such the oil market is more inequitable and arbitrary than the global order, which any way is skewed in favour of the exploiters.

Author: 
Sankar Ray

With a little more than a month to go for the three-day polling during 25- 27 July to elect 272 Members of National Assembly in the 342-seat national parliament, Pakistan’s ten years of uninterrupted freedom from military dictatorship palpitate. The electorate comprises 105.96 million, slightly more than 50 per cent of total population, estimated at 21 million. Ten MNAs will be from religious minorities and 60 are reserved for women while the rest is by proportional representation from parties getting more than 5 per cent of valid votes.

Author: 
Dr Arun Mitra

Climate Change implies significant variations in temperature, wind patterns and precipitation that may occur in cycles over decades, hundreds, thousands and millions of years; sometimes these changes may be random occurrences. These result in rain or hail, snowfall or extreme weather events like thunderstorms, cyclones, tornados etc. We have witnessed such events in much greater frequency in recent years.

Author: 
G. Srinivasan

Promising to replace trust in long-standing institutions such as commercial and central banks with trust in a new, fully decentralized system founded on the block chain and related distribution ledger technology (DLT), are the crypto-currencies emerging from obscurity to prominent position? This is a crucial question engaging the attention of not only businesses and consumers but also central banks and other authorities.

Author: 
Sankar Ray

Twenty-five years ago, as grapevine had it, when the then general secretary of Communist Party of India Indrajit Gupta was reportedly approached to write a forward for the first comprehensive English version of Karl Marx’s Mathematical Manuscripts from the Russian text, the CPI leader declined confessing that he couldn’t write anything about a work which he wasn’t aware of, let alone having read it. However, the translator, Pradip Baksi, a Kolkata-based- Marx scholar and a rare strain of polymath, is not aware of this.

Author: 
Nitya Chakraborty

Only a month has passed since the results of the Karnataka assembly elections were out on May 12, but for the Congress Party, this has been the period of great learning about the dynamics of coalition politics. Congress led by Rahul Gandhi has become more sober and practical in dealing with the regional parties as also the smaller parties whom the Congress leadership did not take into account earlier.

Author: 
Gyan Pathak

Against the popular belief among Indians that India is one of the most peaceful nations of the world, it has been declared 28th worst peaceful nation ranking 136th out of 163 nations measured for peacefulness by the Global Peace Index 2018. In comparison to last year, India scored only a little better by 0.025 pushing its rank up by four from 140th rank. The country’s overall score is 2.504 on a scale of 0-10.

Author: 
Subrata Majumder

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not a radical reformer. He is a great administrator and not a reformer as he seems, the Economist said. The report card of his four years governance envisages that he is more laudable in administration and bureaucracy than in economic reforms. Nonetheless, he ushered the country into high growth trajectory and bolstered it into the highest global growth trend, surpassing China.

Author: 
Nantoo Banerjee

Not many people in Bengal may have ever heard the name of a outfit called CPI-ML Red Star, not until it attacked a Power Grid Corporation’s (PGCIL) sub-station project, being built in co-operation with the West Bengal government, at fast developing Rajarhat in Kolkata’s outskirt. The central transmission utility had sought cooperation from all stakeholders for completion of the Rs. 800-crore Rajarhat sub-station project.

Author: 
Aditya Aamir

Lynching is mob action. A ‘group of people’ lynch. So the term ‘mob lynching’ is an oxymoron. Lynching is mostly out in the open. In town and village square. In the Wild West of America it was stringing from the nearest tree. A couple or more people cook up a lie over a rumour spread like wildfire. And the falsely accused is killed by the group without trial. The choice of weapons is left to the moron: Scythe, machete, club and spear. The long rope!

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