Reflex Action

Author: 
Alan Simpson

It is four years since the death of my friend and mentor, Tony Benn. I could argue that he turns up in every article I write, but that’s a poor substitute for the daily conversations into which he poured tea and optimism in equally copious quantities. Benn would be as excited as anyone about Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell’s leadership of today’s Labour Party — but he would be no less anxious about the bigger canvas upon which a new politics needs to be written.

Author: 
Gyan Pathak

India is increasingly losing happiness by the year. World Happiness Report 2018 of the United Nations reveals that Indians are increasingly becoming unhappy. It scored only 4.190 on a scale of 0-10 in 2017, which is only a little more than the passing mark of 3.3 if life would have been an exam. It fell in global happiness ranking by 11 places in comparison to its fall in 2016 by four places. Only 23 countries out of 156 surveyed are unhappier than India, which ranked 133rd in the world. It means 84.61 per cent countries are happier than we are.

Author: 
Nantoo Banerjee

Had the Friedmans, Milton and Rose, the last of the laissez-faire doctrine proponents, been alive today, they would have probably called the capitalist realtor-turned US president, Donald Trump, a pseudo socialist. In true capitalism, there is no place for government interference in economic affairs beyond the minimum necessary. The champions of capitalism support the Darwinian theory that talks about the survival of the fittest.

Author: 
Arun Srivastava

Sonia Gandhi reaching out to the opposition parties and their leaders has been an astute move. Her dinner diplomacy reminisces her initiatives that had culminated in the formation of the UPA against the NDA. It was expected of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi that he would initiate the process to reach out to the opposition parties and interact with them for evolving a strategy to counter the BJP.

Author: 
Sankar Ray

Jam Saqi, former general secretary of the Communist Party of Pakistan passed away on March 5. Suffering from multiple ailments, he died of renal failure. He was 73.

Author: 
Nitya Chakraborty

The resounding success of the BJP in the assembly elections in Tripura by trouncing the CPI(M) which ruled the state for the last twenty five years, has led to an unprecedented churning in the top echelons of the CPI(M) leadership. The magnitude of the success of the BJP in the three states of the North East signifies the big advance of the saffron forces in this region which was a weak zone for the BJP till three years back.

Author: 
Dr. Arun Mitra

The transfer of Bhupendra Singh, Chairman National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA), has evoked strong reaction from the medical fraternity as well as civil society groups working for affordable healthcare to all. This reaction has come in the wake of several positive steps taken by him to bring down and streamline prices of drugs, which include medicines and medical devices. His order to drastically cut down the price of coronary stents in February 2017 has been seen as a bold initiative on his part.

Author: 
Aditya Aamir

Statues are sitting ducks. Lenin, Periyar, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee… Toppled, battered, blackened, statues can do nothing. Statues everywhere are game for pigeon, crow, and vandal. And if a BJP office in Coimbatore gets petrol-bombed, that is not enough retaliation for the statue in the Statute.

Author: 
Suresh Babu

Leadership is the most crucial aspect of change management. Without effective leadership, cooperative organisations will be a victim of change rather than a master of change. It is strongly believed that with the right kind of leadership, the cooperative can serve a place for itself in the global economy.
Centered leadership.

Author: 
Gyan Pathak

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is right in his insistence on implementing universal financial inclusion programmes in the country to improve the living conditions of our people, but has proved himself ignorant of the brewing crisis in India’s financial sector, particularly the banking sector. He should have tried first to strengthen the banking sector, which dominates the financial sector by making it scam and corruption free, and compelling it to improve its beleaguered balance sheet having persistent deterioration in the asset quality.

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