Reflex Action

Author: 
Dr Arun Mitra

As per some reports, Arogya Bharti, an organization established in November 2002, is holding workshops to prepare women to deliver  ‘Uttam Santati’ — a perfect, ‘customised child’ with the purpose of making ‘a strong India’. This needs to be viewed from various angles. The medical angle for its scientific correctness; the social angle for its social impact; and the political angle.

Author: 
Subrata Majumder

Media and political analysts are blaming Modi’s Make in India for turning out to be a jobless initiative. His several schemes to generate employment opportunities were mocked. They argued that his Make in India – committed for job creation through manufacturing – has failed. It failed to stimulate domestic investors. Foreign investment boomed. But foreign investment was not the prime target to expand job opportunities.

Author: 
Amulya Ganguli

One of the BJP’s icons, Deen Dayal Upadhyay, had never been as famous in his life as he is now in the year of his birth centenary celebrations.
A famous railway junction is being named after him and libraries are being told to stock his books. These are honours, which have been denied to two other luminaries of the Hindutva parivar, VD Savarkar and MS Golwalkar.

i. Firecrackers must not contain polluting substances: In a petition filed by three infants in 2015, the Supreme Court was asked to issue urgent interim steps to protect their right to clean, healthy and breathable air under Article 21 of the Constitution. In a landmark order, the Supreme Court has directed that no firecrackers shall contain polluting substances such as antimony, lithium, mercury, arsenic and lead in any form whatsoever.

Author: 
Mrinal K Biswas

Even before undertaking in full earnest the work for giving India a 15-year vision document in place of 5-year plans Arvind Panagariya quit NITI Aayog which he donned as vice-chairman at its very inception two and a half years ago. NITI or National Institute for Transforming India was the brainchild of Narendra Modi India Government’s new instrument to make the country an economic power to be reckoned with in the world community. NITI pushed into oblivion the Nehru-inspired planning commission which was buried in the midstream of the 12th 5-year plan.

In continuation of the Aadhaar case, the Supreme Court heard the final arguments by Senior Advocate Rakesh Dwivedi, Gopal Shankarnarayanan for the Centre for Civil Society, and Arghya Sengupta for the State of Haryana. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India also made submissions.

Author: 
L.S. Herdenia

There are major discrepancies between the claims made by the Madhya Pradesh government and Narmada Bachao Andolan relating to the rehabilitation of the oustees of the Sardar Sarovar project, a three-day tour of several villages in the submergence zone in the Dhar and Barwani districts of the state reveals.

Author: 
Kalyani Shankar

Why is the NDA growing at the cost of the UPA? There was a time when the BJP as a political party was untouchable, but today it is opposite of what was seen in the early eighties.  Political pundits believed that the country was moving towards a two-front politics in a coalition era. But this has changed in 2014 after the BJP emerged as the single largest party with a majority ending the 30 years of coalition politics.

Author: 
Arun Srivastava

A running feud with the RSS ideologues and mandarins and his inability to evolve a blue print of economic policies that suited the temperament and political needs of his political patron Narendra Modi dearly cost the Vice Chairperson of the NITI Aayog Arvind Pangariya and forced him to resign and say good bye to his old saffron friends.

Author: 
Arun Srivastava

Some senior lawmakers from Tory as well as Labour parties are seriously contemplating to initiate a move to undo the Brexit. Their move is based on the peoples’ perception that Brexit has failed to do good to Britain instead it has simply complicated the economic and employment scenario prevailing in the UK.

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