Reflex Action

Author: 
Ollie Hopkins

Half a century ago, on October 9 1967, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, was assassinated by Mario Teran, a Bolivian army officer, following orders from the CIA. The Argentinian-born Cuban revolutionary hero died leading a guerilla struggle against the US-backed Bolivian military regime of Rene Barrientos, eight years after playing a leading role in the Cuban revolution.

Author: 
Kalyani Shankar

So, at last Rahul Gandhi is ready to take over the 132-year-old Congress Party next month.  There is a sigh of relief in the party that at last the suspense will be over. This might end the “will he, won’t he” suspense and open a new chapter for the party. Though he chose the US to announce that he was ready to be a challenger to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2019 polls, the young Gandhi has his task cut out to build the organization in the next 18 months and keep it poll ready. The party has been on a steady decline since 2014.

Author: 
Nantoo Banerjee

In its fourth year in the government, the top brass in the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party may be finding it quite embarrassing as more and more senior party members are becoming critical about the country’s sudden economic slowdown, especially since November, 2016. The big dip in the 2017-18 first quarter (April-June) GDP growth figure to 5.7 per cent has provoked an intense debate on the state of economy from both the opposition and some of BJP’s own senior party members and economists.

Author: 
Amritananda Chakravorty Mihir Samson

For the first time ever, the collegium of the senior most judges of the Supreme Court has begun to make the minutes of the meetings at which the appointment of judges to the High Courts and Supreme Court are made, available on its website. The move comes a few days after the Collegium decided to transfer Justice J. Patel from the Karnataka High Court to the Allahabad High Court, leading to his resignation. The decision had attracted criticism from lawyers across the country, calling for more transparency in the decision making process.

Author: 
K. Raveendran

Finance minister Arun Jaitley keeps repeating at monotonous regularity that the benefits of demonetisation and GST would be realised in the long term, although he has no problem in acknowledging that short term pains, the manifestations of which are now visible in terms of lower growth rate, job losses and problems with the informal sectors of the economy, are unavoidable. He may or may not be right. But how long is his long term? There needs to be clarity on that.

Author: 
Arun Srivastava

It may sound bizarre but the day is not far when a married couple would have to produce the Aadhaar card for seeking permission to live together. This fear is strengthened by the manner in which the Aadhaar card is being made compulsory for survival in India. Already Aadhaar has become mandatory for admission, burial, hospital, marriage; name anything in the life of common people. The latest, but the most dangerous, proposition is to link the mobile phone with Aadhaar.

Author: 
Dr Arun Mitra

The study on the health status of people living near Jadugoda uranium mining operation area confirms that health problems related to uranium mining, such as congenital deformities, sterility and cancer, were affecting the indigenous people disproportionately in the studied villages as compared to reference villages. The study also suggests that increased numbers of people living near uranium mining operational area are dying at a younger age (before completing 62 years) as compared to the reference village.

Author: 
Nitya Chakraborty

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has set the right tune at a programme in Delhi on Thursday when he said that the coming election is not going to be Opposition versus BJP-it is going to be the BJP versus the rest of the country. Kejriwal was in the stage along with the Congress leader Manish Tewari and the former finance minister Yashwant Sinha. The maverick CM who earlier strongly shunned the company of the Congress Party due to his objection to the GOP’s record of corruption said ‘the people are going to fight the 2019 elections. Parties will not fight.

Author: 
Jigar Khunt

Words of Narmada or Ganga bring images of entire life to our minds. As rivers, they reflect flow of life too. Structuring rivers or life brings consistency, sustenance, productivityand prosperity.
Narendra Modi government at the centre had been thinking on such structuring of rivers for prosperous sustenance of life.

Author: 
Arun Srivastava

This is a rare but classical somersault performed by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. In April 2016 he had called upon all non-BJP parties to unite for a "Sangh-mukt Bharat", an India free of the RSS. But now he would be sharing the stage on October 5 with RSS sarsangchalak Mohan Bhagwat at a huge congregation organized in village Chandwa of Arrah, the native place of dalit icon and former deputy prime minister Jagjivan Ram in honour of the 11th century Hindu theologian Ramanujam.

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