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Corner NDA in Parliament for misconduct of Ministers
By Brij Bhardwaj
The improprieties on the part of Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundra Raje has been established in their dealings with former IPL boss under investigation by Enforcement Directorate of Government of India and there is also a whiff of corruption. But this alone cannot be the basis for launching a campaign to bring down the one year old Modi Government or enough to revive the fortunes of the Congress Party. It should be realised by them that beyond a point if any controversy is dragged the law of diminishing returns start operating and fatigue factor starts operating in the minds of people. There is no doubt that much shine has rubbed off the face of Modi Government and its image has been dented and claim of running a transparent Government has come under at...
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War of words over Lalit Modi hurts BJP image
By Lalit Sethi
The war of words over the Lalit Modi Modi episode continues in spite of central leaders of the BJP firmly standing by Mrs. Vasundhara Raje, Chief Minister of Rajasthan, and the External Affairs Minister, Mrs. Sushma Swaraj. They insist that there is no wrongdoing by the two leaders and say they do not have to resign, as demanded by the Opposition Congress. But the Congress is not backing down. It is continuing with its tirades to argue that the Prime Minister must take action. It would like the details of Mrs. Raje's London visits, including one with a delegation led by Mr. Nitin Gadkari in 2011 to meet the friends of BJP, but the records are alleged to have disappeared. It made five demands about full disclosures of Mrs. Sushma Swaraj's suggestion to the the British High Commissioner o...
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Lessons From Greek Crisis
Don't copy west, look away!
By Shivaji Sarkar
India has never bothered about Greece since Alexander the Great's invasion in 326BC. But, today with the Greek debt crisis evolving into not only a volatile economic crisis but also a global political tangle all eyes are on it. True, most believe that the tiny nation does not have much importance for a growing economy, but the Reserve Bank has taken note of the development. It feels the Greek debt crisis could lead to uncertainties coupled with the US Federal Reserve rate increases, might trigger global financial volatility. Notably, the RBI is concerned about the risks to the banking sector particularly its weakness in asset quality, especially the large non-performing assets of public sector banks (PSB) and private banks. The PSBs have over Rs 3 lakh crore as NPA (non-performing asse...
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The other side of Gujarat carnage
By Abdul Majid Zargar
Gujrat carnage of 2002 remains one of the worst State aided communal riots in Indian History. Around 2000 Muslim men, women and children were killed, most of them in a savagely cruel and barbarous way. Former Supreme Court judge Justice PB Sawant, who conducted an inquiry into the riots found then Chief Minister Narendra Modi guilty. Senior advocate Raju Ramachandran appointed by Supreme Court to investigate allegations of Mr Modi's complicity in the riots has also stated in his report that prima-facie a case exists against Modi. It is another thing that Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by Supreme Court exonerated him on very filmsy and technical grounds. For instance, there can be nothing more sillier than the bizarre statement of SIT which said that even if Mr Modi h...
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Monsoon session could be a washout
Opposition likely to stonewall house
By Kalyani Shankar
The combined Opposition proposes to target the Modi government in the ensuing monsoon session of Parliament. It can be predicted even before the three-week session begins on July 21 that it will be a washout. It could be another session where the government may be facing an aggressive opposition after the budget session where it attacked the Modi government over the issue of Ordinance on Land Bill and acute agrarian crises. Unfortunately, even if the Congress led opposition wants to tone down its stand, it cannot afford to do so as it is perceived that disruption is the hallmark of the opposition. After all this was just what the BJP had done to the Congress-led UPA for the past ten years. It is only that the players have reversed their roles with a nuanced repositioning. The Congress, w...
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Dealing with the 'officially' corrupt
By Sameer Bhasin
Showing door to 70 officers including civil servants and top ranked engineers in Jammu and Kashmir by terminating their services or retiring them prematurely could be seen as a drive by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed led government in the state to cleanse the administration of the corrupt and deadwoods. Corruption in J&K is not limited to government or administration alone. It is equally rampant in social and political life as well. Bribes are paid here to buy loyalties. It appears to have been enjoying the status of political concession that people and politicians enjoy with complete approval of the system they live in. One of the opinions prevalent around corruption in J&K, as uploaded on web by Indiaopines(dot)com, which has quotes from Jagmohan's 'My Frozen Turbulences in Kashmir' is thus: "...
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WAR AND POLITICS
Why it is senseless to celebrate the 1965 Indo-Pakistan War
By Bharat Bhushan
Pakistan stopped celebrating the 1965 War with India some time ago, after some of its generals questioned the triumphalism being built around the debacle. India, however, it seems, has taken over from where Pakistan left off. To celebrate India's military victory over Pakistan, a month-long 'commemorative carnival' and a 'victory festival' topped with a victory parade is to be held on Rajpath in Delhi on 20 September. A total of Rs 35 crore will be spent to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 War with Pakistan. There are good reasons for India not to hold such a public celebration. Celebrating a draw Major General (Retd.) Ashok Mehta who fought in the Poonch-Rajouri area in 1965 rightly points out, "You celebrate victories not draws. What is there to celebrate about the 1965 Wa...
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The Left and Right of the Yoga Day
By Ravindra R.P.
The typical politics over the celebration of the International Yoga Day (IYD) held on 21st June has once again exposed the limitations of both- the Indian Left and the Sangh Parivar in breaking free of the rigid moulds in which they have trapped themselves for decades. First, the bare facts. Yoga has been an exceptionally valuable legacy of India. Like its sibling Ayurveda, there is nothing typically ‘Hindu’ about it. The Buddhist and Jain traditions have profoundly influenced the philosophical foundations of Yoga and played an important role in its continued practice through several centuries. The first known translation of the Patanjali Sutras was made into Arabic by the famous Arabic scholar Al Biruni, a thousand years back and is till today known as the Kitaab Batanjal. Later, the S...
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SIGNS OF THE TIMES
Hounding whistle blowers in time of undeclared Emergency
By Humra Quraishi
Undeclared Emergency seems on! There is an unease of a definite kind. Camouflages are falling apart. The situation has reached a point where even the well trained spokespersons of this NDA government are finding it tough to defend. Defend how? When hard facts coupled with solid evidence are out …stark out in public domain. Why this license to loot this land? Enough evidence of fraud and corruption by ministers and chief ministers, yet no dismissals and sack orders... In fact, instead of settling the widespread corruption, a BJP minister in J&K is seen settling the collar of a lady doctor! Why this go ahead to dilute probes? Serious allegations by Special public prosecutor Rohini Salian's statement that she was asked, soon after the NDA government came to power, to go soft in the 2008 ...
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Piercing face and body by hundreds of iron balls
Pellet guns in Jammu and Kashmir violating human rights
By Ravi Nitesh
It has become a trend in law enforcement that for every problem, there is a single solution: the use of force. This trend extends to Jammu and Kashmir (India), where state authorities are using force as a form of crowd control, arming themselves with lethal and non-lethal weapons and inflicting series injuries on demonstrators. Jammu and Kashmir is a state where the permanent deployment of security forces has been maintained by the Government of India to fight cross border insurgency and infiltration. A conflict is being fought between India and Pakistan for sovereignty over the region, known as the infamous 'K-issue'. Regular ceasefire violations, border skirmishes and terrorist acts continue to this day. Throughout all of this, the deployment of central security forces with extraordi...
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Column
Islamic State: More Massacres
By Gwynne Dyer
Last Friday, in France, an Islamist named Yahya Salhi killed his employer, Herve Cornara. He attached the victim's severed head to the fence around a chemical plant, together with a cloth saying "There is no God but God and Muhammad is his prophet" - and then rammed his vehicle into a warehouse full of chemicals hoping (but failing) to cause a massive explosion. In Kuwait two hours later, Fahd Suleiman Abdulmohsen al-Qaba'a, a Saudi citizen, entered a Shia mosque and detonated a bomb that killed at least 25 people. He was presumably a Sunni fanatic sent by 'Islamic State' to kill Shias, who they believe are heretics who should be killed. In Tunisia one hour later, 38 European tourists, most of them British, were massacred by a 23-year-old man with a Kalashnikov on a beach in Sousse. The...
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A new mode of warfare: The Greek debt crisis and crashing markets
By Michael Hudson
Back in January upon coming into office, Syriza probably could not have won a referendum on whether to pay or not to pay. It didn't have a full parliamentary majority, and had to rely on a nationalist party for Tsipras to become prime minister. (That party balked at cutting back Greek military spending, which was 3% of GDP, and which the troika had helpfully urged to be cut back in order to balance the government's budget.) Seeing how unyielding the opposition was, Syriza's stance was: "We would like to pay. But there's no money." This kept throwing the ball back into the troika's court. The Institutions were so unyielding that Syriza's approval rating in the polls rose by 13% by June. Greek voters became increasingly incensed at the Troika's demand for further pension cuts and privatiz...
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BJP's dilemma mounts over "Lalitgate"
Narendra Modi losing his fighter image
By Amulya Ganguli
In Narendra Modi, the BJP and the RSS have seen a yug purush or a man of destiny, who will be able to draw the curtains down on the long, post- independence years of Nehruvian dalliance with secularism and socialism. For this grand vision to evaporate suddenly because of the subterranean links between important ministers and a flamboyant buccaneer is not something which the BJP can easily accept. Hence, its contortions like Raje's flying visit to Delhi but still maintaining a safe distance from the party and government bigwigs. By Amulya Ganguli The BJP may have partially succeeded in maintaining internal peace by supporting Sushma Swaraj and Vasundhara Raje in l'affaire Lalit Modi, but the party cannot be unaware that it has lost the moral high ground in th...
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