Reflex Action

Author: 
Anjan Roy

Sometimes inaction is as important as action. The Reserve bank of India on December 6 kept its basic policy rate – called the repo rate – unchanged at 6 per cent. Industry and business felt disappointed, saying that the RBI could have cut its repo rate and thus encouraged fresh investment.

Author: 
Arun Srivastava

Crime against women is not a new phenomenon in Independent India. It happened in the sixties and seventies. But of late the dynamics of this crime has seen much distortion. In those years violence against women had a political tenor and it was resorted to as a feudal tool to silence the dissenting voices of the dalits and harijans, which were primarily related to the agricultural scene. In urban areas the violence was too pronounced.

Author: 
Amulya Ganguli

The significance of Barack Obama’s advice to Narendra Modi for preserving and sustaining India’s multicultural ethos lies in the realization of the former US president and perhaps the entire world that India remains the only country whose experiment in pluralism has been a remarkable success.

Author: 
S. Sethuraman

The neck-to-neck fight for dominant BJP with Congress in Gujarat Poll may have currently overshadowed a Modi Government plan on Bank Bail-Out which provides for citizens being deprived of their deposits in public sector banks. This figures in a major law designed to bail out the banking system in deep distress with a Resolution Mechanism.

Author: 
G. Srinivasan

The World Trade Organization’s (WTO) recent assessment of the second half of 2017 to be buoyant for the global trade in merchandise goods has not come a day too soon as India’s exports in October shrank by 1.12 per cent in dollar terms and by four per cent in rupee terms, the weakest show since the 8.6 per cent decline in July 2016.

Author: 
Amritananda Chakravorty Mihir Samson

i. However, the State refused to give sanction for prosecuting Adityanath in May this year. This refusal was challenged in the High Court by the petitioners.During the hearing, the Court reiterated its warning against publishing misleading content and after going through various media reports, the Court agreed with the AAG and ordered a media gag on proceedings pertaining to the case. [Parvez Parwaz v State of Uttar Pradesh, Criminal Miscellaneos Writ Petition No. 21733 of 2008, dated 07.11.2017

Author: 
Pradeep Kapoor

The UP local body election results present a picture of total paradoxes that run counter to whatever may be visible on the surface. These include a serious setback to BJP, gains by the BSP and SP to some extent, a surprise increase in the Congress voting percentage, the only party to record such achievement, and a potentially dangerous portend for these parties from the influence of Hyderabad MP Asadullah Owaisi’ in UP politics.

Author: 
Amritananda Chakravorty Mihir Samson

Close on the heels of the unequivocal assertion of the fundamental right to privacy by a nine judges bench of the Supreme Court in August, 2017, a Committee of Experts set up by the Government of India under the chairmanship of former Supreme Court Chief Justice, Shri B.N. Krishna, has published a White Paper on the Data Protection Law. The Committee was tasked to make specific suggestions on principles to be considered for data protection in India and suggest a draft Data Protection Bill.

Author: 
Nitya Chakraborty

The election manifesto released by the Congress Party on Monday for the assembly elections in Gujarat is full of pro-people agenda, keeping a big distance from the neo liberal policy approach which was the hallmark of the Congress leadership during its rule in centre from 2004 to 2014. In manifesto for the state assembly elections, the national policies on economy are not emphasized but the state level approach also indicates the trend which the Congress under the president-elect Rahul Gandhi is expected to follow in the coming years.

Author: 
K. Raveendran

The new guidelines issued by telecom regulator TRAI will give India a ‘democratic Internet’, creating a new model for other countries to follow in approaching the issue of Net Neutrality. This has been made possible by the bold stand adopted by the regulator, ignoring a concerted move by American giants to use the US Federal Communications Commission route to reopen the debate so as to restrict Net services in the interest of pushing their agenda of increased commercialisation.

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