Reflex Action

Author: 
Subrata Majumder

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech surreptitiously missed the Make in India story, while he was exuberant about all other major schemes. Make in India was supposed to be his flagship scheme, as it was projected as the main driver of job creation in the country.

Author: 
Arun Srivastava

While India grieves the demise of its beloved statesman-leader Atal Behari Vajpayee, political leaders, ruling elites and the corporate board rooms are weighing its implications for the electoral prospects of BJP and Modi in the 2019Lok Sabha polls. This is particularly in view of the perception that Modi is losing his touch and charisma.

Author: 
Kalyani Shankar

With the BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi advocating ardently ‘One Nation, One Poll,’ there are questions in the political circles whether it is possible or feasible before the next Lok Sabha polls, and if not, why are they talking about it.

Author: 
P. Sreekumaran

The worst, hopefully, is over. Rain-ravaged Kerala is getting its breath back. Petrified people are picking up the pieces of their lives shattered by the deluge of death and destruction.

Author: 
Nantoo Banerjee

The government is believed to be ready to shortly wheel a new industrial policy. Such an idea is pending with the authorities for quite some time. The latest reform initiative by the government is being pitched as potentially the biggest overhaul of industrial policy in about three decades and will come just ahead of the coming national election. However, it is not clear why it could not come much earlier. Recently, the government had also set up a task force on imports.

Author: 
John Wojcik

Another problem for die Linke, ironically, results from some of the successes it has had. Die Linke has achieved power in Red, Red, Green Coalitions in three East German states and is the ruling party in one of them. In Berlin, for example, the mayor is a Social Democrat and the Vice Mayor is from die Linke. The ruling Senate has three Social Democrats, three die Linke members and three Greens. The conservative CDU, the pro-business Free Democrats and the AfD are completely frozen out of the government.

Author: 
Barun Das Gupta

The publication of the National Register of Citizens in Assam has caused concern in Bangladesh for obvious reasons. Names of some 40 lakh people did not find place in the NRC and concerns were naturally raised about their future status as citizens. Although the date for inclusion of names “with proper documents to prove citizenship” has been extended, many fear that even in the revised NRC hundreds of thousands of people are likely to find their names missing.

Author: 
Dr. S. Ganesan Regional Director, IGNOU

Development of any country depends mainly on human resources and social factors (64%) followed by its natural resources (20%), infrastructure (16%) and so on. The A & N Islands has high literacy rate (86%) as well as gross enrolment ratio. Due to the same, the demand for college education is increasing day-by-day. Obviously, the common education structure 10+2+3 normally targets at degree colleges, (first degree or UG level), as compared to professional /technical courses.

Author: 
John Wojcik

During my two-week vacation in Germany last month it was clear to me that Germany, like the U.S., is at a crossroad. Dangerous developments connected with a rising fascist movement under the banner of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) are underway. Germany’s Left Party (die Linke), on the other hand could well be on its way toward mounting an effective fightback.

Author: 
Harihar Swarup

Election Commission has rightly scotched idle speculation in recent days on the possibility of clubbing Lok Sabha elections with 11 assembly polls. Drastic solutions like imposing President’s Rule in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram were mooted so that polls here could be delayed and synchronized with general elections.

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