Reflex Action

Author: 
Nantoo Banerjee

India’s business houses and entrepreneurs are going all out to acquire companies across the world, thanks to the support from the government, RBI and banks. The global deal-street now seriously takes note of Indian bids and transactions. India’s outward foreign direct investment (OFDI) in equity, loan and guarantees is largely funded by the Reserve Bank of India. Funds invested are large, running into billions of dollars, every year. Unfortunately, most of them generate little benefit for India, by way of corporate remittances.

Author: 
Barun Das Gupta

General elections in Bangladesh will be held by the end of this year. The constitutional requirement is that the elections be held between October 31, 2018 and January 28, 2019. This time the elections will be held in conditions that are different from those that obtained in 2014. Then the biggest opposition party, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party of Begum Khaleda Zia, boycotted the polls because Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Awami League refused to have the elections conducted by a caretaker government. The boycott helped the League immensely.

Author: 
L S Herdenia

Mandsaur will turn into a Kurukshetra from June 1 onwards when various farmers’ organisations will launch a ten-day agitation to mark the first anniversary of the farmers’ agitation, which took a violent turn culminating in the killing of six persons last year. Brisk preparations are being made by farmers’ organisations for the success of the state-wide protests.

Author: 
Amulya Ganguli

It is rather unusual for the BJP president, Amit Shah, to concede that his party is not as favourably placed as he normally suggests because his is an uncompromising “win at all costs and take no prisoners” approach.

Author: 
Amritananda Chakravorty

Last week witnessed the violent face of the State machinery that is often reserved for the disturbed or conflict-ridden areas like Chattisgarh, Assam, North-Eastern States or even Jammu and Kashmir. On 22nd May, 2018, thirteen protestors were gunned down in cold blood by the Tamil Nadu police, when they were protesting against the Sterlite Copper plant, a unit of Vedanta Limited, at Thoothikudi, Tamil Nadu, and demanding its closure, owing to the plant polluting the entire area.

A unique concept was born, “Mahatma Gandhi International School” with an intention & commitment to provide result oriented quality education.  “Nothing can  substitute the classroom teaching from experienced Guru”. The lessons from them make the most difficult topic the easiest one. It goes a long way in sharpening the skills and the fine tuning of concepts. The classroom environment keeps the students focused and motivated.

Author: 
Nantoo Banerjee

Capricious US trade and diplomatic policies seem to have dumped world diplomacy into disorder. Countries in Europe and Asia are getting increasingly confused and uncertain about staying ‘allied’ with the US. With President Donald Trump appearing as a highly unpredictable ‘ally’ even to traditionally close Britain, Germany and France, nations are confused over a changing diplomatic order.

Author: 
Susan Ram

Exactly fifty years ago this month, France was aflame. In one of the world’s most developed capitalist economies, the ‘impossible’ – the prospect of revolution from below – struck suddenly with resounding force, fury and festivity. Students and workers in their millions spilled onto the streets, closing factories, occupying campuses and triggering the biggest general strike France has ever known. The government of the day, headed by President Charles de Gaulle, was plunged into panic.

Author: 
Harihar Swarup

The outcome of Karnataka elections is loud and clear. It’s emergence of a grand   anti-BJP front before next year’s Lok Sabha’s elections which otherwise looked an impossible task. An error, a mighty miscalculation or call it political opportunism in inviting BJP leader B S Yeddurappa to form the government, giving him an unusually long time—15 days—to prove his majority on the floor of the house drove opposition parties to come on one platform.

Author: 
John Bachtell

Marxism is the world’s most influential body of thought and has changed the course of human history. It is more relevant than ever for addressing humanity’s urgent challenges despite the desperate efforts by the capitalist class to bury it.

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