Reflex Action

Nilanjan Banik

This is an election month, with voters from Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, and Goa selecting their representatives in the legislative assembly. Since stakes are high, politicians are trying to woo their voters by promising to give free Wi-Fi, smartphones, pressure cookers and petrol. Politicians can afford these freebies as they are rich.

S. Sethuraman

Tamil Nadu is now in political turmoils, a fragile AIADMK Government of E. PalaniswamI scrambling a wafer-thin majority in a confidence vote on Feb.18, after an ugly display of violence against the Speaker, damage of Assembly equipment, and uproar by DMK members, all designed to suit the game plan of Leader of Opposition Mr. M.K. Stalin to stall proceedings.

Subrata Majumder

Notwithstanding US President Donald Trump’ climb-down on One China policy, tension brews over the Sino- USA trade and investment. It is unlikely that Trump’s assurance to follow 40 years USA’s One China policy will soothe the relation and retrieve the normal trade relation. Though the White House statement viewed Trump’s direct telephonic call to President Xi Jinping very cordial and ensuring for a substantial dialogue between Washington and Beijing to re-rail the ties, normalization of trade tension is a far cry.

Nantoo Banerjee

It is good that India has finally waken up to the perils of its growing large trade deficits with diplomatically belligerent China and sent a strong message that the current trade imbalance can’t continue for long. On the diplomatic front, China continues to put India under pressure — refusing to support India’s nuclear suppliers group (NSG) membership and its campaign against Pakistan-based terrorists and their outfits that launched dreadful attacks in Mumbai, Pathankot, etc.

Arun Srivastava

With 2019 coming closer, socialist leader and Bihar chief minister has awoken to the bitter reality that his recent political flip-flops would not help him and he has to befriend a formidable force to navigate the electoral Baitarani River. Only three months back he had extended full support, moral and physical, to Narendra Modi’s move to demonetise the high value currency notes. His support to Modi came at a time when later was facing bitter criticism from politicians and economists for his policy decision.

Harihar Swarup

It may look a little early but one has the premonition that in Punjab, Amrinder Singh is becoming the Chief Minister and in Uttar Pradesh Rahul Gandhi—Akhlesh Yadav combination is heading for a victory. In that event Akhilesh will be the chief minister for the second term. The split in the Samajwadi Party and virtual breakup of the SP has helped Akhilesh and boosted his image sky high.

L S Herdenia

It might have been highly embarrassing moment for RSS Chief Dr. Mohan Bhagwat that during his presence in Madhya Pradesh MP cops busted a ISI spy ring operating in the state which is ruled by RSS blue eyed boy Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Nitya Chakraborty

The Supreme Court  judgment given on January 11 in the Sahara-Birla papers case dismissing application submitted by the activist lawyer Prashant Bhushan pleading for investigation into large scale payments made to the political leaders including the Prime Minister, has created  fresh furore in the legal circles.

Pradeep Kapoor

During last two phase polling, Samajwadi Party and Congress appears to be emerging as frontrunner in a multi-corner contest for crucial assembly polls for Uttar Pradesh assembly.
Heavy polling in second phase also indicates that voters are determined for a government formation ruling out the possibility of a hung assembly.
Significantly enough, districts with Muslim populations saw maximum turn out and heavy voting from both the communities.

Debkumar Bhadra

It was Sunday and I thought it would be a nice idea to spend the holiday exploring the natural environment at Mount Harriet. The thought was driven by the fact that, I could not say no to an offer to trek to Kala Pathar with Ollie, the man who loves rocks. We decided to start early in the morning so that we could devote ample time exploring the nature and also spend some time searching for the inscription that finds mention in the letter written by Rev Thomas L. J.