Reflex Action

Anjan Roy

There is this continuing spectacle. You ask for an interest rate cut from the in every season: when prices show a little drop; when the stock market goes up; and, when the government thinks growth is not as much as they would like it to be.

K Raveendran

Cryptocurrencies are creeping into Indian households through newspaper inserts, just like the ubiquitous coaching centres, full-body check-ups, home-delivery foods and so on.  It is perhaps for the first time that the cryptos are coming round to the ground like this.  What it means is that the time for cryptocurrencies, made famous by its most valuable brand ambassador bitcoin, has finally arrived on the Indian scene and is ready to enter the mainstream.

i. Information on encounter killings sought: The Supreme Court directed states to respond to a petition of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) seeking that they mandatorily submit information about any encounter killings in their jurisdiction to enable it to carry out an enquiry. The NHRC has sought the information in accordance with the guidelines and provisions of the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993. [National Human Rights Commission vs. Union of India, Writ Petition (Civil) No. 1012/2014, date of order 04.07.2017]

Joe Sims

Our country is in the midst of a profound governmental crisis. This crisis is revealing itself deep within the bourgeois state that hallowed body of legislators, lawyers, and corporate lobbyists vaunted by some as the apogee of modern civilization. There are overlapping crises in the White House, in the executive as a whole, and between the presidency and the federal judiciary. Fault lines also lie in the relationship between the presidency and Congress with regard to traditional checks and balances and consent for judicial nominees.

The Supreme Court made an effective intervention in the demonetisation issue by providing relief to those with genuine reasons who could not deposit their old denomination notes within the stipulated time. In a decisive move, the Court asked the Centre to accept old notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 of persons who could not deposit them during the window period, due to genuine reasons.

Nitya Chakraborty

For the opposition parties of the country, including the Congress, July 11 was a memorable day. Not only, the eighteen opposition parties agreed on a common candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi as the vice-presidential candidate for elections on August 5, but in an unusual development, the entire opposition agreed at the same meeting to hold a countrywide campaign against the centre’s policies.

Barun Das Gupta

The face-off between India and China is not limited to the two armies at Doko La in the Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet trijunction. After a long period of hibernation, India is waking up to the challenge of China on all fronts – military, strategic, diplomatic and economic – and trying to make up for the time-lag in quick time.

L.S. Herdenia

The spate of farmer suicides in Madhya Pradesh continues unabated. Three more farmers, who were being pressurised by banks and moneylenders to repay their loans, committed suicide in the last two days, taking the number of suicides by peasants in the last 28 days to 45.
A debt-ridden farmer killed himself by jumping in front of a train in Sagar district on July 9. Tekram Kurmi, 48, was the owner of six acres of land in Pipariya village. Tekram owed money to the bank and moneylenders; besides his crop was also ruined, his family said.

Harihar Swarup

Few in India know how Israel has come up, the struggle and hardship it has to face. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Israel and it is a wise decision. It is a small country, surrounded by hostile neighbours but lives on its own terms. Israel’s population is mere 80 lakhs; it is surrounded by 56 Arab countries having population of 150 crores.

Arun Srivastava

In politics, the ruling party does not always malign and implicate its opponents for sending them to jail but mainly to convey a larger message to the polity, to other political outfits; that they could be destroyed if they are not cautious. Actually this is exactly what has been going on in Bihar in recent days. The BJP targeting Lalu Yadav and his sons and daughter is part of the grand design to force him to shut his mouth ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.