Reflex Action

Author: 
S Sudhakar Reddy

Trumpism is at its height spewing racist venom! Already a newly married young Indian engineer had fallen victim while his colleague, also a personal friend, has been hospitalised gravely injured. The entire world including Americans and his US colleague who knew the victim were shocked at the sudden turn of events and extended full support to the victim’s family. However, the White House, the seat of US power and headquarters of Trumpism, is yet to react and condemn the racist killing.

Author: 
Amulya Ganguli

The Narendra Modi government appears to have succeeded in persuading the ghar wapsi and love jehad brigades to pipe down for the time being. Modi even personally ticked off the gau-rakshaks or cow vigilantes after they were video-taped lynching a group of Dalit youths for skinning a cow, their traditional occupation.

Author: 
G. Srinivasan

After the recent report of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reproving the Modi Government for its November 8 decision of demonetizing high denomination notes which it contended has dampened consumption and activities across the real sectors of the Indian economy, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) did not pass any overt strictures on demonetization (Demo).

Author: 
P. Sreekumaran

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) unit in Kerala is feeling the heat literally and politically. The reasons for the blue mood in the party are not far to seek. First and foremost, the party’s efforts to expand and consolidate the third front led by it have suffered a severe setback with its sole ally, the Bharat Dharma jana Sena (BDJS) airing its anger over the BJP’s failure to keep the promises it had made to the BDJS.

Author: 
L.S. Herdenia

Strange things are happening in Madhya Pradesh. Vyapam whistleblower Ashish Chaturvedi has sought protection from Chambal ex-dacoits and several top BJP leaders, including veteran former chief minister Babulal Gaur, has accused state government of serious irregularities in Kshipra river clean-up project and demanded probe.

Author: 
Kalyani Shankar

Maratha strong man Sharad Pawar seems to be losing his touch going by the recent adverse civic poll results in Maharashtra. His Nationalist Congress Party was the worst- hit among the players. Pawar, who had seen many highs and lows has been synonymous with power politics, both in Maharashtra and the national politics. After his first election to the Maharashtra Assembly in 1967, Pawar has never lost an election and had completed his fifty years in politics recently.

Author: 
Nantoo Banerjee

Corporate hospitals and private clinics have become a national shame in a country where nearly 40 per cent of the population are poor and over 90 per cent live without medical cover. Private hospitals are fleecing patients, in connivance with doctors, drug manufacturers, medical devices suppliers and, often, with the central and state administration. They make money, but offer no guarantee for cure. The private healthcare system has become so corrupt and ruthless that it has reached a diseased proportion by itself.

Author: 
B.K. Chum

“All is fair in love and war”, and in politics, particularly electoral. This is happening in UP assembly polls. In their no-holds-barred campaigns, some political parties and their affiliates claiming to be the biggest champions of India’s unity and integrity are ironically trying to polarize India’s diversity by injecting communal virus in the country’s bodypolitic. Hypocrisy, opportunism and sycophancy have become their modus operandi to achieve their dubious political objectives.

Author: 
Arun Srivastava

Mumbaikars did not settle the contentious issue of who would rule them. It was the issue of lording over the Mumbaikars that had forced the divorce and separated the couple. No doubt the BJP and its supporters are quite elated at the significant gain of the party, the fact must not be denied that this cannot be attributed to ideological victory. The saffron party preferred to follow in the footsteps of the Congress and rely on its recipe.

Author: 
Amulya Ganguli

Concerned as the BJP is over the stiff challenges which it is facing in the assembly elections, its worries will be multiplied by the party’s setback in the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) poll.

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