Reflex Action

Author: 
Arun Srivastava

Even a brusque caution from senior minister Sarju Roy to have the renewal of mining rights to companies investigated by some professional agency for wrong-doing, as the existing procedures are violation of court orders, the Bihar government has preferred to sit idle an allow the scamsters to have an field day.

Author: 
Mrinal K Biswas

Democratic centralism has been put to rest in the Communist Party of India (Marxist). At least for the time being. The party’s theoretically highest policy making congress this time broke the embedded practice of echoing and approving anything coming from the top leaders sitting in politburo or central committee forced an alteration in the draft political resolution of the central committee. 

Author: 
Nitya Chakraborty

The results of the Karnataka assembly elections have grim lessons for the opposition parties, especially the Congress Party led by Rahul Gandhi in determining strategy for the coming Lok Sabha elections in 2019.The BJP led by Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo has recorded a massive victory devaluing the Congress in this important southern state. This victory will give BJP a major boost in its coming campaign in the assembly elections in the three states-Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh by the end of the year.

Author: 
Amritananda Chakravorty

Two recent decisions from the Supreme Court of India have emphasised consent at the centre of adult intimate relationships, irrespective of the marital status of the parties. In both cases, the Court focused on the personal freedom and autonomy of adult persons to live as per their desires with whomsoever they wanted to live with. Neither the State nor non-State actors like family have any right to interfere with such decisions, if made out of free will.

Author: 
Rick Nagin

The ideas of Marxism originated in the middle of the 19th century. It was then that two great social scientists, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, first realized that capitalism was a continuation of previous class systems where wealth was accumulated in private hands from the unpaid labor of workers.

Author: 
Gyan Pathak

Thanks to its strong economic fundamentals, India has finally earned the ‘the fastest growing economy’ of the world tag in spite of its being home to the largest number of illiterates and poor of the world, and the recent economic policy experiments and misadventures. It is now time to prepare for the uncertainties and risks lying ahead, as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) points out in its latest Regional Economic Outlook for Asia and the Pacific.

Author: 
K Raveendran

The dome of the Supreme Court building evokes a certain symbolism that conjures up a larger meaning to all Indians, lending the hallowed precincts of the last resort of justice an overbearing air of solemnity and authority. But whatever has happened under the dome in the past one week must make all Indians squirm. History will perhaps record the seven days as the darkest in the annals of the highest court of the land.

Author: 
Amulya Ganguli

Eighty years after Mohammed Ali Jinnah’s portrait was put up in Aligarh Muslim University, the BJP’s electoral compulsions in Karnataka have made the saffron apparatchiki call for its removal.

Author: 
Aditya Aamir

The hunt for the ‘real core Hindu’ is on. Somebody ‘right’ asked the other day: ‘Will the real core Hindu please stand up?’ So far nobody has stood up. Resident Indian National Congress leader in Pakistan Mani Shankar Aiyar is not ‘real core Hindu’. He told his Pakistani constituency that 69% of India did not vote for ‘Hindu nationalist party’ BJP. Aiyar’s main point was the 69% who did not vote Modi were a “fractionized” lot.

Author: 
Dr Arun Mitra

Every year 6.3 crore people of our country are pushed below poverty line because of out of pocket expenditure on health. This fact is admitted by the National Health Policy document 2017. Nearly 67% of this expenditure is incurred on drugs. Therefore, it is important that prices of drugs should be brought under control. To regulate the pharmaceutical companies, a Uniform Code of Pharmaceutical Marketing Practices (UCPMP) was prepared by the department of pharmaceuticals, Government of India in 2011. But it was said to be voluntary for some time.

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