Reflex Action

Sushil Kutty
The Congress has less than 60 days to stop Narendra Modi from becoming Prime Minister again. And allowing Modi to set the electoral agenda is not how it should be done. The electorate wants an alternate plan of action and Modi should be rightly attacked on his many broken promises, his omissions and commissions. His bluff on national security should be called out and ‘Rafale’ shouldn’t be consigned to the hangar. But will these be enough? The theme of the Congress Working Committee meeting in Ahmedabad Tuesday was “Gandhi and Godse”,...

Pradeep Kapoor
Samajwadi Party national President and former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav is facing multi-corner challenges eversince he entered into alliance with BSP. The biggest problem is his own father Mulayam Singh Yadav who is founder of the party and is unhappy with the manner his son entered into alliance with BSP. Every now and then Mulayam Singh Yadav reaches his party office and make it a point to party leaders and workers and address them. Senior Yadav utilises this opportunity to criticise his own son and question the necessity of alliance...

Dr. S. Ganesan, Ms. U. Swaraja Laxmi Bai
Women’s and gender studies are emerging and growing areas of academic enquiry today. To have a deeper understanding of formulation of empowerment, one must be exposed to cultural, literary, political and socio-economic dimensions within gender frame works. There is a need to deconstruct the complex power hierarchies and relationships operating in society, from the perspective of women and gender. Development policies and practices have a different impact on women and men. This necessitates an understanding of the ‘gender gap’ in access to...

Nantoo Banerjee
Who is the owner of Hindustan Petroleum (HPCL) — ONGC Limited or the government? Public sector oil refiner and distributor Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd continues not to recognise ONGC, its majority owner, as its present promoter company, despite Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan's assertion that it belongs to ONGC after the later took over the government’s controlling stake in HPCL. In its stock exchange filing of the company's shareholding pattern as of the end of September, HPCL listed the "President of India" as its promoter with "zero"...

Mriganka M Bhowmick
In the backdrop of heinous terrorist attack killing 41 CRPF Jawans in Pulwama, the focus of entire nation has come back to Kashmir. The anger of India has propelled a war like sentiment against Pakistan. Multiple reactive measures by India have been taken out like withdrawing security of separatist leaders, taking back Most Favoured Nation (MFN) Status of Pakistan apart from creating international pressure on Pakistan. Since the attack was in a nature of its worst kind, the public anger displayed by voicing the sentiment to cut off all ties...

Ben Chako
The firm line taken by Jeremy Corbyn and Emily Thornberry at the weekend rally in Broxtowe gives a lead to our movement on how to respond to breakaway MPs. “Not understanding where we have come from is a bad mistake,” the Labour leader charges. He is correct: the Labour Party is a unique phenomenon in British politics. The original two-party system that evolved from the 17th to 19th centuries in Britain was top-down. The Whigs and the Tories, later to evolve into the Liberals and the Conservatives, were alliances of MPs formed within...

Dr. S. Ganesan
The Port Blair Regional Centre of IGNOU is completing 13-successful years of educational service on 27th March, 2019. So far, over 45 thousand students from Andaman & Nicobar Islands have received student support services from Port Blair Regional Centre. From Mayabunder to Campbell Bay, the Regional Centre is covering almost all major islands (group of Islands) across the length and breadth of Andaman & Nicobar Islands. It is one of post-tsunami educational development in the Islands. Directly or indirectly, nearly 200 persons are...

Nitya Chakraborty
With the last session of the 16th Lok Sabha ending on February 13, the stage is set for the holding of Lok Sabha elections in April/May 2019. The opposition parties have at last decided on drafting a common minimum programme for fighting the ruling NDA led by the BJP and the responsibility of drafting the CMP has been given to the Congress President Rahul Gandhi at the meeting of the senior leaders of the opposition on Wednesday night at NCP leader Sharad Pawar’s residence. As the leader of the largest opposition party, Rahul will be drafting...

Sushil Kutty
Opposition unity is only skin deep. And Chandrababu Naidu’s ‘unite or perish’ warning may not register on Mamata Banerjee and the Left parties; Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav. Mulayam Singh Yadav’s ‘endorsement’ of ‘Modi for PM again’ indicates the Yadav vote-bank is divided. Akhilesh might have forgiven ‘Bua’ Mayawati, but Mulayam? It was he who got reputation tarnished and a big chunk of the Yadav still stand firm with the father. Come to think of it, where’s opposition unity? Brigade Grounds in Kolkata presented the stage. And Mamata Banerjee...

Amritananda Chakravorty
The last few weeks have been a revelation in the context of Rafale deal. Each day a new story comes of rampant procedural violations, bypassing of India’s national security interests, diluting anti-corruption clauses, and now the most damaging news that Anil Ambani had knowledge of the Rafale deal 10 days before the Prime Minister visited France in April, 2015. And it is clear that none of these documents/information were made available to the Supreme Court, which was kept in complete dark about the processes involved in the Rafale deal. With...

Mark Gruenberg
The British Labour Party’s think tank has drafted a strongly pro-union pro-worker platform it plans to run on in next United Kingdom election and enact if it gains power. The Institute for Employment Rights’ Manifesto For Labour Law envisions re-established and strong sectoral bargaining, protection of whistleblowers, strong job safety and health regulation and tougher enforcement overall, two top IER officials and a Kings College law professor told a  conference in Washington, D.C. There would also be a separate Ministry of Labour, with...

K R Sudhaman
It is really unfortunate that after three years of fiscal prudence, the Narendra Modi government has indulged in profligacy in the interim budget 2019, apparently with an eye on general elections in April and May, which is not good for the economy, already witnessing strained macro-economic situation since 2018. Crisil research is right in saying notwithstanding the low oil prices, which helped government to follow a welcome and prudent fiscal policy in the first three years, Indian economy started slowing down 2018 onwards resulting in tax...

Nantoo Banerjee
Full marks to Finance Minister Piyush Goyal for presenting an interim budget that could as well be described as the first draft of the ruling party’s election manifesto.  Suffice it say that the political mission of this budget may not be easy to emulate by the opposition. Legally speaking, the budget provisions are valid only until the next government presents a new budget for the fiscal, 2019-20.  The reliefs and concessions are offered mainly to small farmers and unorganised workers. Their actual financial impact on the government...

Debkumar Bhadra
Born on December 12, 1973 in Mannar Ghat village of rural South Andaman, K P Mammu, ever since the age of 12 Yrs, had been winning accolades and medals alike in the field of athletics both at the state as well as national level. Recently, I caught up with the master athlete, wherein he opened up to his past, future plans and the long cherished dream of winning a medal for his country at the international level. Recalling his journey, Mammu says after completing schooling from Govt Senior Secondary School Mannar Ghat, he joined Andaman &...

Arun Srivastava
Like its interim budget, which not only echoes the government’s recklessness more than its desperation, the Modi government is contemplating to come out with an interim national sample survey of employment to impress upon the electorates that there has been significant and substantial job creation under Modi’s tenure. Narendra Modi has come to realise the importance of the term interim. Had it not been the case he must not have allowed his minister to present an interim budget. Under the provisions of the Constitution a government can have...

Nitya Chakraborty
The central trade unions representing both organised and unorganized workers of the country are seething with anger at the step motherly treatment to the entire working class of India in the interim budget of the Modi government presented on February 1. Only the BMS belonging to the BJP hailed in a limited manner the budget proposals but the overwhelming opinion among the trade unions was that the budget has been a disaster for the struggling workers who have been worst hit in the recent years due to the policies of the NDA regime. The AITUC...

Harihar Swarup
Howsoever hard Prime Minister Narendra Modi may try to construct Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya, there appears to be no possibility of the temple coming up before 2019 Lok Sabha elections. That was why the PM has stated that the government would abide by the Supreme Court’s verdict. Meanwhile, the hearing of the apex court is being extended on one pretext or other. Neither of the two BJP-led governments under Vajpayee and Modi, put the Ram Temple at the top of their election campaign or governance agenda. The demolition of the...

Paul Dobson
Self-proclaimed “interim president” Juan Guaidó of Venezuela named a number of “diplomatic representatives” to those countries which have recognized him during the past week. The government of Nicolás Maduro, the actual president of Venezuela, along with its international allies are responding to new U.S. oil sanctions and preparing for possible military intervention. Guaidó designated fellow high-profile opposition members Julio Borges and Carlos Vecchio as representatives before the Lima Group and Washington respectively. Both have been...

L S Herdenia
Central budget evoked mixed reaction in Madhya Pradesh. While BJP termed it as revolutionary Chief Minister Kamal Nath described it as Jumla. Kamal Nath said it is nothing but election budget. With this the last hope for aachhe din is lost. “The general budget presented today is totally an election budget and will prove to be Jumla and chhalava. The government remembered farmers, the poor, labourers and Gau Mata during the last days of its tenure. The provisions made for farmers are very less compared to what’s required” the CM twitted. AICC...

B. Sivaraman
They provide food for thousands of children every day in the schools. For this they receive a wage ofRs.1250 per month; or, Rs.42 per day. Unbelievable! In this day and age! But this is the reality of Nitish Kumar’s Bihar. Pointing to 42% of the country’s children affected by malnutrition, the former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called malnutrition in India a national shame in 2012. He did touch a raw nerve in the nation’s conscience. But not many were aware that the same year the share of children in Bihar suffering due to malnutrition was...

Nitya Chakraborty
Prime Minister and RSS veteran Narendra Modi has fought many a political battles in his long career but on the eve of 2019 Lok Sabha elections, he is facing a big onslaught from the opposition parties, especially the president of the rejuvenated Congress Party Rahul Gandhi on the major economic issues facing the nation, mainly the poor including those living in rural areas. Roughly ten weeks before the crucial Lok Sabha poll begins, the Prime Minister, through his interim budget has stolen some of the thunder posed by the Congress president...

Ceren Sagir
Rough sleeping rose in most major cities in England last year, government figures revealed on Thursday, with thousands left to languish on the streets as temperatures drop below zero. The findings by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) showed that more than 4,600 people slept on the streets on any given night last autumn – up 165 per cent since records began in 2010. Across England, the number of rough sleepers rose by 13 per cent in London, 60 per cent in Birmingham and 31 per cent in Manchester. The place with...

Dr. S. Ganesan
It is a well known fact that by acquiring / qualifying B.Ed., degree, one can become school teacher. But, what is next?  The teacher is always expected to be a learner, through life-long continuing education. The upward movement of school teacher towards management positions is one of the preferred carrier paths. Moving up in the carrier ladder needs certain special qualities, such as: mastery in subjects, specializations, super-specializations, research etc. The level jump requires certain additional qualification(s) in the field of education...

Dr. C. Sadasiva
The North-East is boiling with people there on the streets protesting over the ill-thought out amendment to the Citizenship Act. It is not just the people of north-eastern states but all the democratic and secular minded people of India are genuinely concerned at the way the amendment was brought about which goes against the basic spirit of our Constitution. Nation State as a concept evolved in Europe and with Bismark unifying German people, the concept started turning into a reality. American and French revolutions further consolidated the...

Pradeep Kapoor
BJP-RSS and other organisations are working day and night to retain 71 seats won by the party in 2014 Lok Sabha elections. BJP and Sangh Parivar are working to take on the alliance of SP and BSP on one hand and resurgent Congress with the arrival of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on the other. BJP is banking on the polarisation of Hindu votes in the name of construction of Ram Temple at Ayodhya before the elections. BJP RSS VHP and sants are talking about Ram temple and the latest move of central government in SC to demand 2.77 acre undisputed land in...