Reflex Action

Author: 
Arun Srivastava

In the backdrop of the election results in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the RSS and its frontal organisations are expected to become more aggressive and this could mean queering the pitch further for the construction of Ram mandir. With Modi government in office, RSS can expect the support of bureaucracy in this effort. If the Modi government introduces a bill in Parliament for this purpose, nobody will have the strength to counter it. The Congress ruled states may protest but that would be purely a technical exercise.

Author: 
L.S. HERDENIA

Despite the voters failing to give clear majority, Congress has put together the numbers to form the government in Madhya Pradesh with the support of BSP and independents. And this is s a huge setback to the BJP, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah, who held marathon public meetings during the election campaign. But they proved to be unequal to the task as BJP fell short of majority. The slogan given by BJP for 2018 Assembly elections was 'Abki Baar 200 Paar' (This time cross 200) but it proved to be a 'Mission Impossible'.

Author: 
P. Sreekumaran

The law of diminishing returns has caught up with the BJP-RSS in Kerala. That is the reason why the saffron brigade has decided to shift the venue of the agitation from Sabarimala to the Secretariat in Thiruvananthapuram.
The ‘unkindest cut’ came from the Kerala High Court which strongly disapproved the protests going on at the holy shrine. Sabarimala is no place for protests or strife, the court observed even as it disapproved the restrictions imposed by the Police.

Author: 
Aditya Aamir

By Any Means Necessary (BAMN)’ is a leftist group trying to push members of the caravan of Central American asylum seekers into the United States. And ‘by all means necessary’ is quite the motto of Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan in his quest to take Kerala out of obscurantism and into renaissance. Vijayan is that rare Keralite who is minus the Malayali-mandatory moustache! And he’s toughie, by all means…

Author: 
B. Sivaraman

The November 30 rally by India’s lakhs of farmers thronging New Delhi was unique in many respects. Unlike the earlier attempts at snatching national spotlight, the entire galaxy of opposition leaders—from Rahul Gandhi to Arvind Kejriwal, from Sitaram Yechury to Sudhakar Reddy and Dipankar Bhattacharya—addressed the massive crowd. The podium itself resembled a popular front against the BJP. The speeches were all primarily political and in sum it was a BJP hatao rally.

Author: 
Sushil Kutty

So, it wasn’t a never-ending tease? The BJP is done with the Sabarimala sannidanam and is all set to take the battle to the Secretariat, handicapped as it is with just a single face in the Kerala Assembly to make a stand, raise ruckus. The skirmish inside the assembly is between the LDF and UDF and the BJP is banking on Swami Ayyappa to change the composition of the House.

Author: 
K. Raveendran

Modi came to power promising to eradicate black money and corruption by putting end to a system where the ruling elites and their cronies pocketed all the wealth while people struggled for survival. With only months to go for his term, whether it was the first only posterity will tell, he has become very much part of the system he was promising to fight. Today he is steeped in all the vices that he had accused the dynastic Congress of monopolising.

Author: 
B. Sivaraman

Google employees are at it again. In April 2018, 3,100 out of 4,000 employees at the Google headquarters signed a letter protesting Google’s contract with Pentagon to develop an artificial-intelligence-based autonomous weapons system and forced the Google management not to renew that contract. On 1 November 2018, thousands of Google employees took out marches in scores of cities across the world to protest absence of unbiased and firm policies against sexual harassment at work.

Author: 
Anjan Roy

The sheer audacity of Piyush Gupta’s ambition is astonishing. He is aspiring to create an eco-system which will transform the entire transport system of India by making EVs (electric vehicles) ubiquitous. That, he believes, should cut down India’s oil import bill by no less than $100 billion — his avowed target. Pray, how?

Author: 
Dr D Harishkumar

A few seconds of impatience on roads leads to permanent patients with disabilities in life. Life is so precious and we all know how difficult is it to cope up with sudden loss of life of near and dear. One of the major reasons for sudden death is due to accidents which could have been easily avoided by mere patience. An accident means an unexpected and unintentional incident causing damage or injury. The victim could have been a sole bread winner of the family, only son or daughter of parent and with the dreams of forthcoming marriage and so on.

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