Reflex Action

Author: 
Aditya Aamir

Amit Shah says the BJP will rule for 50 years, i.e., till 2069 from 2019. By then Amit Shah will be history as will Narendra Modi along with an entire generation. Whether Modi and Shah get to become statues on the Sabarmati will depend on whether 50 years is time enough for the BJP to reverse Nehruvian socialism and transplant it with a ‘Hindu soul’. Note that 50 years is less than the 70+ so far after Independence.

Author: 
Dr. S. Ganesan Regional Director, IGNOU

Both the wire-phone (land line) and wireless phone (mobile) are giving same audio signal for voice communication purpose. In similar manner, the regular colleges and distance education institutes provide learning experiences, (knowledge) for students. How can we say one mode is superior or inferior to other? Is it wise to differentiate? Let us try to understand the concept of Open and Distance Learning System.


 

 

Author: 
Harihar Swarup

The tenure of Justice Dipak Misra, who retires as Chief Justice of India on October 2, was mired in controversies, but he firmly stood against all the odds and had ultimately his way. The Opposition led by the Congress sought to bring an impeachment motion against Justice Misra but the motion was rejected by Rajya Sabha Chairman, Venkaiah Naidu. Naidu observed that the motion lacks substantial merit. “We cannot allow any pillars of governance to be weakened by any thought, word or action.”

Author: 
Gyan Pathak

On the eve of the assembly election, Rajasthan has become a political hot-pot in which both the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress are performing a tight-rope walk. Communal polarization has somewhat weakened giving way to a stronger caste polarization on the issue of reservation.

Author: 
Mark Gruenberg

Two of the Senate’s top supporters of workers, Vermont Independent Bernie Sanders and Massachusetts Democrat Elizabeth Warren, have gone on the attack against corporate subsidies and irresponsibility. And though their legislation will go nowhere in the GOP-run 115th Congress, the two lawmakers are laying down markers for future legislative action to help workers.

Author: 
K Raveendran

The BJP’s disconnect with Dalits is well-known. So, nobody can be faulted for seeing a sinister move in the I&B ministry’s advisory to media units not to use the term Dalit while referring to Scheduled Castes. The Dalit word has been posing the ruling establishment a challenge of unprecedented proportions, even threatening the chances for a second term for the Modi government.

Author: 
Sankar Ray

There is no denying that Pakistan’s charismatic Prime Minister Imran Khan Niazi will leave no nerve unstrained to carve a niche to prove that he is not just another premier while it will be naïve to speculate that he plans to get out of the cocoon of rightwing populism. Nonetheless, the impression is that the kaaptan will not indulge in dynastic or nepotistic politics nor give in to the lure of corruption. Some decisions, already announced, are unprecedented.

Author: 
P. Sreekumaran

The sexual harassment complaint against P K Sasi, the CPI(M) MLA representing the Shoranur constituency, has put the party in a tight spot.
What has invited people’s wrath is that the party took almost three weeks – that is the public perception although the party has denied it – to look into the complaint.

Author: 
Dr. Arun Mitra

A ‘senior citizen’ means any person being a citizen of India who has attained the age of sixty years or above. Population Census 2011 revealed that there are nearly 104 million elderly persons (aged 60 years or above) in India; the number of elderly persons is expected to grow to 173 million by 2026.

Author: 
B. Sivaraman

Nearly five lakh employees were stunned early this year when the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) responded to their demand of 25 percent wage increase with a counter offer of a mere 2 percent. It took a two-day strike on 30 & 31 May 2018 to push the management to come up with a revised offer of 6 percent. Even this was too low that it was summarily rejected by the employees.

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