Reflex Action

Author: 
Amulya Ganguli

It’s a must-win situation for Narendra Modi in Uttar Pradesh. The prime minister and his party know that even an indeterminate outcome producing a hung assembly can raise doubts about their chances in 2019. Since Modi does not want to be a one-time prime minister, he has to come out unambiguously on top in UP. For him and the BJP, the stakes have never been higher.

Author: 
Nitya Chakraborty

The 2017-18 budget is a desperate gamble of the NDA government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to hoodwink the common masses by sidelining the adverse impact of the demonetisation on the rural economy, especially the informal sector by highlighting the so called new programmes in agriculture. The effects of demonetisation will not spill over the next year-that is the brunt of the message in the Economic Survey and the Budget but what will happen to the loss of jobs during the current financial year due to demonetisation that has disrupted the rural economy?

Author: 
Priyadarshi Dutta

The Padma Awardees List for 2017 has come as a whiff of fresh air.  The ‘unsung heroes’ have captured the imagination of the people. They include a) Meenakshi Amma (76), India’s oldest women exponent of Kalaripayttu b) Girish Bharadwaj (66), who have built over 100 suspension bridges in villages of Karnatka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh c) Bipin Ganatra (59) who is a voluntary fire fighter for the last 40 years in Kolkata d) Dr.

Author: 
Kalyani Shankar

At no time did UP witness so many stake-holders fighting for their prestige as in the 2017 Assembly polls. Stakes are indeed very high for them and their parties. It is a fight for survival for the two regional parties SP and the BSP, last ditch battle to remain relevant for the congress and a test on the BJP’s central leadership of Modi and Amit Shah. It could be the end of the road for the SP patriarch Mulayam Singh, fading away for the supremo chief Mayawati and RLD chief Ajit Singh, if they fail.

Author: 
Barun Das Gupta

Assembly elections are scheduled to be held on March 4 and 8 in Manipur. The State has now turned into a virtual battleground of the Meiteis and Kukis on the one hand and the Nagas on the other. It has also become a battlefield for the ruling Congress and the Opposition BJP which has thrown the gauntlet to Chief Minister Okhram Ibobi Singh. As the Congress prospects do not seem encouraging, many Congressmen, in true Congress tradition, are deserting what they think is a sinking ship and joining the BJP.

Author: 
S. Sudhakar Reddy

We have been celebrating January 26 as the Republic Day. The Constitution of India, which has come into existence on January 26, 1950 abolished the dominion status of India, rejected the British crown and declared India as a full-pledged Democratic Republic.

Author: 
Amulya Ganguli

Since the Narendra Modi government wears patriotism on its sleeves and recently threatened to shut down a TV channel for a day for its coverage of the terrorist attack on the Pathankot airbase, it had to take the Sri Lankan minister for mass media to call upon the media houses to stop promoting nationalism by saying that such news becomes “part of the conflict”.

Author: 
G. Srinivasan

With less than a week to go before the Narendra Modi government presents its penultimate budget to Parliament on February 1 for the fiscal year 2017-18, the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley appears to be satisfied with the finer details he has dovetailed into the budget when he posed for the traditional halwa ceremony!

Author: 
Nilanjan Banik

India is perhaps the only large economy in the world which is growing at a 6.5 plus per cent, and yet this growth rate is not supported by some fundamental micro and macro-economic indicators. The million-dollar question these days is can India sustain its rapid economic growth.  Importantly, in this phase of de-globalization, and disruption post-demonetisation, it will be a miracle if India can achieve a 7 per cent growth. President Trump has already signed an executive order to pull USA out of Trans-Pacific Partnership deal.

Author: 
Harihar Swarup

What a high-pitched drama was enacted in Lucknow! One day it appeared that the Congress-SP alliance has been reached. The second day what looked a certainty took an unexpected turn and talks of an alliance broke down. Those who wrote their columns on the assumption that the talk of alliance between the two parties is finally dead woke up to find next morning in newspapers that the poll pact between Congress and SP has been reached. Strange are the ways of politics.

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