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The four shortcomings of Modi Government
The four shortcomings of Modi Government

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday, the January 15th attacked the BJP central government with an online Twitter poll. He asked his followers to vote on what they think are its biggest shortcomings. Rahul Gandhi posed the question "What has been the biggest shortcoming of the BJP government?" and listed below it four options to vote for. The four options were ’unemployment’, ’tax extortion’, ’inflation’, and ’atmosphere of hatred’...[By Philip Mudartha]

The Gen-Z and Crypto mania in India
The Gen-Z and Crypto mania in India

There is no official data but estimates are that there are about 20 million crypto investors in India, with total crypto holdings of around Rs. 40,000 crores. Bitcoin, the world’s biggest cryptocurrency, is trading at around $60,000. Its price has more than doubled since the start of this year because hordes of new

PM Modi repeals his three farm laws
PM Modi repeals his three farm laws

Unpredictable that he is, Prime Minister Modi surprised the nation when he announced hat his government will repeal the farm laws in the Winter Session of Parliament. What were the farm laws that have been repealed? The Farmers Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020 which is 

Tata Sons Acquire Air India
Tata Sons Acquire Air India

Tata Sons has won the bid to acquire national carrier Air India. The salt-to-software conglomerate placed a winning bid of ? 18,000 crore to re-acquire the airline more than half a century after it ceded control to the government. Apart from 100% ownership of Air India and its budget airline Air India Express, the winning bid 

Does Karnataka need a population control policy?
Does Karnataka need a population control policy?

National General Secretary of BJP and Chikmagaluru MLA, CT Ravi recently called for a population control policy in Karnataka on the lines of two other states ruled by his party, Assam and Uttar Pradesh. "It is high time Karnataka brought in a new population policy on the lines of 

The Legacy of Sonia Gandhi: a champion of India’s poor
The Legacy of Sonia Gandhi: a champion of India’s poor

Sonia Gandhi does not need an introduction. So too, her transformation from a young grieving widow to the centre-stage of our national politics. However, a briefing on her core beliefs and values will not hurt. Born in a small village in Italy, she was raised as a Roman

Our COVID-19 crisis in out of control
Our COVID-19 crisis in out of control

Less than three months ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi credited the spirit of Atmanirbhar Bharat (self-reliant India) for two victories, on the cricket field against Australia and in the COVID-19 pandemic. “A positive mindset always leads to positive results,” he declared. A month later, on Feb. 21, Modi’s ruling BJP passed 

Fuel on Fire: Modi doesn’t care!
Fuel on Fire: Modi doesn’t care!

Petroleum Fuel prices in India are hitting fresh highs on a daily basis. PM Modi is blaming “previous” governments for our imported oil dependence but doesn’t seem to care for facts available in the public domain. To unmask his false his narrative, here is official data on the cost factors making up the pump price of petrol

Union Budget 2021-22: A perspective
Union Budget 2021-22: A perspective

Last Monday, the 1st February 2021, Finance Minister (FM), Nirmala Sitharaman, presented to the Lok Sabha the Union Budget for FY 2021-22. Since then, a bevy of economists and policy analysts have assayed and passed their expert verdicts. In fact, the stock brokers were the first to react as the FM was speaking

Who will blink first: Modi or Protesting Farmers?
Who will blink first: Modi or Protesting Farmers?

Farmers mostly led by Punjab based kisan unions that are dominated by Sikhs, naturally, have laid a siege to Delhi. They have camped at several key border approaches to the national Capital. Men, women and children are camping in make-shift tents braving the extreme

A desperate US President’s war on his people
A desperate US President’s war on his people

It is Tuesday morning, January 11th in US Capital, Washington D.C, as I pen these lines. The members of the House of Representatives have taken their seats in the legislative chamber within the Capitol. Their business for the day is to debate and pass a resolution calling upon Vice

We are poorer than Bangladesh!
We are poorer than Bangladesh!

The recent International Monetary Fund (IMF) press release on Gross National Product (GDP) numbers of member countries shocked many Indians. Egos were hurt, especially of our government supporters, according to whom Modi is doing a good job of running the country and managing its national economy..

2020 Nobel Prizes in Sciences
2020 Nobel Prizes in Sciences

Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna are the first two women to share the prize, which honors their work on the technology of genome editing. Their discovery, known as Crispr-Cas9 "genetic scissors", is a way of making specific and precise changes to the DNA contained in living cells. With this tool

Are the agriculture reforms pro-farmer or anti-farmer?
Are the agriculture reforms pro-farmer or anti-farmer?

The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmers’ Welfare, on its website, states that three bills aimed at transformation of agriculture and raising farmers’ income were introduced in the Lok Sabha to replace ordinances promulgated on 5th June, 2020. Legislations will 

What awaits the repatriated NRIs back home?
What awaits the repatriated NRIs back home?

Yes, unemployment looms large. I called and spoke to one of my protégés who returned from Qatar to his hometown in Malabar. Since coming back, he has been assisting his father in running the family grocery store. His father is fit and healthy in his upper sixties; he can run the

Returned from the Gulf: COVID Crisis 2020
Returned from the Gulf: COVID Crisis 2020

The following chart depicts the monthly average price of Brent grade Crude Oil for the previous five years. The price crashed to zero, beginning in March in the aftermath of global lockdowns announced to control the spread of the Novel Corona Pandemic. The unplanned lockdowns

The 2020 National Education Policy
The 2020 National Education Policy

On Wednesday, 29th July 2020, the Indian Union Cabinet cleared a new National Education Policy (NEP) which proposed sweeping changes in school and higher education. Independent India followed the colonial education policy till 1968, when the parliament passed the first education policy drafted by the..

India China Relations A Perspective History Essay - Part 2
India China Relations A Perspective History Essay - Part 2

In part-1 of this essay, we have dealt with the prelude to this war. Here, we deal with the actual war in which our military suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of PLA in both theatres. In the western theatre of Aksai Chin in Eastern Ladakh, the PLA advanced to their 1960 Claim

India China Relations A Perspective History Essay
India China Relations A Perspective History Essay

On the night of June 15/16, scuffles broke out between an Indian forward post patrolling party and their Chinese counterparts in the Galvan Valley in Eastern Ladakh which is a household news story as I write this article on 2nd July 2020. This was by far the worst skirmish

The Saga of Two Popes
The Saga of Two Popes

It has been nearly three months of self-isolation for me in distant land of the United States of America (USA) where I had arrived to visit my son. Because India enforced nation-wide lockdown since March 24 and kept extending it in phases and closed all airports for international flights till an unknown future date..

The collapse of YES bank and the distress in the national economy
The collapse of YES bank and the distress in the national economy

It is March 6, 2020 and the time is 4:00PM, when the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) has closed its trades for today. Today’s top story is the tanking of shares of YES Bank on the bourse, which began yesterday when the RBI superseded the Board of Directors of the stressed

Paanch Saal, Firse Kejriwal
Paanch Saal, Firse Kejriwal

In the elections held in Delhi on 8 February 2020 to elect 70 members of the Delhi Legislative Assembly, the voters resoundingly gave a huge mandate to Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party. AAP won 62 seats. This was an endorsement of the exemplary performance of AAP government installed in February

Opinion: Ayodhya Verdict...
Opinion: Ayodhya Verdict...

On the 9th of November 2019, a five member panel led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) of the Supreme Court delivered a landmark judgment in the Ayodhya land dispute case. The bench unanimously ruled in favor of the Ram Janmabhoomi. It rested the title to the 2.77 acre plot of contested land with the deity Ram Lalla (Infant Ram) and vested its guardianship with a trust to be set up within three months by the central government. The Hindus can now build their much coveted Ram Mandir on the site. The judges instructed the central and UP state government to give a 5 acre...[By Philip Mudartha]

Our economic slowdown: the government is in denial
Our economic slowdown: the government is in denial

After a month or two of living in denial, the Modi government seems to have grudgingly accepted that our national economy has slowed down. Our Finance Minister (FM) Nirmala Sitaraman has held, at the behest of tough taskmaster and No.2 in the government packing order, Home

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