Reflex Action

Author: 
K R Sudhaman

It is really sad that India had taken 70 years after Independence to provide electricity to all its villages. It is not that the previous governments had not done anything and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had come with a magic wand to accomplish this great task. There are six lakh villages in India and majority of the population still lived in rural areas. What Modi government has done in the last four years is to provide electricity to nearly 19,000 villages which still did not have power.

Author: 
Aditya Aamir

Sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore’s #HumFitTohIndiaFit challenge to cricketer Virat Kohli has landed Prime Minister Narendra Modi looking remarkably unfit! Rathore tagged Kohli to the challenge and Anushka Sharma’s husband promptly tagged PM Modi to #HumFitTohIndiaFit. Within the hour, Modi was target of a 101 challenges thrown at him by political rivals and commoners alike. His silence on #ThoothukudiKillings was challenged. And he was challenged to #ProduceDegrees.

Author: 
Sankar Ray

The spectre of Pushpa Lal Shrestha seemed to have been stalking where Khagda Prasad Sharma Oli and Pushpa Kamal Dahal aka ‘Prachanda’, chairpersons of Communist Party of Nepal (United Marxist-Leninist) and Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Center) were jointly planting a party unification plant called Ginkgo Biloba at the official residence the Prime Minister in Baluwatar (a plant that survived the massive devastation due to dropping of atom bombs by the US air force in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 during the World War II) on 17 May after the meeting for unific

Author: 
Anjan Roy

Oil prices have started pinching as these touch the highs of some six years ago.
With the Karnataka state elections out of the way, prices for petrol and diesel have today reached the highest level ever. Depending on the metropolis where you are buying, you will pay a price of Rs 75.32 per litre to Rs 83.16 per litre.

Author: 
Amulya Ganguli

By turning all predictions about Karnataka upside down, the BJP has shown yet again how effectively it runs the party’s election campaign. Disproving the belief that there was no wave in favour or against any party or that the outgoing chief minister Siddaramaiah had successfully countered the anti-incumbency factor, the BJP has demonstrated through its victory a remarkable rapport with the people. In contrast, Siddaramaiah was apparently living in an illusory world, secure in the belief that a lacklustre opponent like B.S.

Author: 
Arun Srivastava

Even a brusque caution from senior minister Sarju Roy to have the renewal of mining rights to companies investigated by some professional agency for wrong-doing, as the existing procedures are violation of court orders, the Bihar government has preferred to sit idle an allow the scamsters to have an field day.

Author: 
Mrinal K Biswas

Democratic centralism has been put to rest in the Communist Party of India (Marxist). At least for the time being. The party’s theoretically highest policy making congress this time broke the embedded practice of echoing and approving anything coming from the top leaders sitting in politburo or central committee forced an alteration in the draft political resolution of the central committee. 

Author: 
Nitya Chakraborty

The results of the Karnataka assembly elections have grim lessons for the opposition parties, especially the Congress Party led by Rahul Gandhi in determining strategy for the coming Lok Sabha elections in 2019.The BJP led by Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo has recorded a massive victory devaluing the Congress in this important southern state. This victory will give BJP a major boost in its coming campaign in the assembly elections in the three states-Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh by the end of the year.

Author: 
Amritananda Chakravorty

Two recent decisions from the Supreme Court of India have emphasised consent at the centre of adult intimate relationships, irrespective of the marital status of the parties. In both cases, the Court focused on the personal freedom and autonomy of adult persons to live as per their desires with whomsoever they wanted to live with. Neither the State nor non-State actors like family have any right to interfere with such decisions, if made out of free will.

Author: 
Rick Nagin

The ideas of Marxism originated in the middle of the 19th century. It was then that two great social scientists, Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, first realized that capitalism was a continuation of previous class systems where wealth was accumulated in private hands from the unpaid labor of workers.

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