The Karnataka Story: Vocal for local

The Karnataka Story: Vocal for local

BJP may find solace that their vote share is marginally lower (-0.35%). Its core constituents have remained loyal. That is not really solace because not only BJP has lost power but the chance for its “Plan B” (of Operation Kamala) has very little chance of success. JDS has lost 4.91% vote share and INC has gained 4.74%. The gap between INC and BJP has widened to 6.88%. It may seem that vote transfer from JDS to INC has happened. But, that may not be entirely true. Parties and political pundits will analyze region-wise..[By Philip Mudartha]

Who will be Karnataka’s New Maharaja?

Who will be Karnataka’s New Maharaja?

The tenure of Karnataka Legislative Assembly ends on 24th May 2023. The previous elections were held in May 2018 which threw up a hung assembly. BJP secured 104 seats, Congress 80 and JDS 37. The state-wide vote share was 36.35% for BJP, 38.14% for Congress and 18.2% for JDS. Even though Congress emerged as the most popular party, in our first past the post Westminster parliamentary system, BJP emerged as the Single Largest Party (SLP)...[By Philip Mudartha]

The Kerala Story: My first day impressions

The Kerala Story: My first day impressions

The secular and left-liberal media described “The Kerala Story” as a propaganda film that uses art as a tool to propagate hate and crate division among communities. For the liberals like the communist rulers of Kerala, the movie presents distorted narrative of conversions of mainly Hindu girls to Islam by fraudulent means like allurement of marriage. The saffron parivar christens such interfaith marriage as “love jihad”..[By Philip Mudartha]

Random Weekend Bytes: Under 700 words

Random Weekend Bytes: Under 700 words

According to the UN data, India surpassed China as the world’s most populous nation on Wednesday, the 26th April 2023. By the end of this month, India’s population is projected to cross 142 crore. China’s population had peaked at 142 crore in 2022 and has been declining since then. This is not really good news. This is not a medal that we should be wearing with pride. For several years, Modi-led BJP government has been boasting about the demographic..[By Philip Mudartha]

Supreme Court verdict on ECI appointments

Supreme Court verdict on ECI appointments

Supreme Court has done what successive governments shied away from. Selection of CEC and ECs by government was problematic. With weighty decisions on conducting elections and adjudicating disputes between parties to be made by this high constitutional office, election commissioner selection is best taken out of Executive’s hands...[By Philip Mudartha]

Chemical Industry in India: An Overview

Chemical Industry in India: An Overview

he Indian Chemical Industry is an integral part of the Economy. In all different ways it’s a part of our lives. We are inextricably linked to the industry- be it be the furniture we use, cars we drive, garments we put on or the drugs we consume. Indian Chemical Industry is both capital as well as knowledge intensive. This industry is playing important role in meeting our basic needs and improving lives...[By Philip Mudartha]

Union Budget FY 2024: An Overview

Union Budget FY 2024: An Overview

Union Budget announced on 1 Feb 2023 was devoid of any big negatives, barring the cigarettes industry. It was continuation of the past. Government stuck to its script of being fiscally prudent. No major populist steps were announced. Budget tried to achieve a fine balance between growth of manufacturing, services, private consumption, long term vision and yet being prudent...[By Philip Mudartha]

Republic Day Holiday: Random Discussions

Republic Day Holiday: Random Discussions

Today, 26 January 2023, we celebrate the 74th Republic Day. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi is the chief guest. The 68 year-old is one of most influential Arab leaders with a reputation as a moderate autocrat. As defense minister during Hosni Mubarak’s sunset years in power, Sisi overthrew his democratically elected predecessor, President Mohammed Morsi in July 2013. Morsi was a leading member of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt..[By Philip Mudartha]

IT Sector Stocks India – An Overview

IT Sector Stocks India – An Overview

The IT sector is one of the most crucial sectors of the Indian industry. It is one of the largest drivers of export revenue for the country. The industry currently contributes about 8% of GDP and is expected to contribute to about 10% by 2025. India is currently the largest IT services provider in the world. India has an edge primarily due to the availability of English-educated, highly skilled and comparably cheaper manpower. India is the leading sourcing destination in the world...[By Philip Mudartha]

Part-2 of a Historical Perspective of our journey

Part-2 of a Historical Perspective of our journey

There have been sixteen governments since independence. The 17th government is in office since May 2019. The next general elections are due before May in 2024. These are the main political events during seventy-five years of our independence. ndian National Congress (INC) won the general elections in 1952 for the FIRST Lok Sabha. INC won 364 of 489 seats. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru became PM...[By Philip Mudartha]

A Historical Perspective of our journey since Independence

A Historical Perspective of our journey since Independence

It has become a habit for Arvind Kejriwal, the IIT engineer turned social activist turned politician, the CM of NCT and AAP national convener to bemoan that the past governments for seventy-five years since our independence have done nothing but loot to enrich themselves and their families. His utterances do no good to his image as a leader with a vision for the country and his passion to improve the lives of ordinary people...[By Philip Mudartha]

The Revdis to Corporates: The Rise of Adani

The Revdis to Corporates: The Rise of Adani

Try googling “The debate on revdis culture”. I just did and found links to my previous two articles published last month by this website. I was pleasantly surprised. Hence, I was motivated to pen the final part on “corporate freebies”. I will follow a different approach to tell the story. I will preferentially use publicly available illustrations and images with fewer “opiniated” comments...[By Philip Mudartha]

The debate on Revdis Culture Part-2

The debate on Revdis Culture Part-2

There are so many central schemes like provision of piped potable water to every household by 2024, financial inclusion of every citizen through the zero balance Jan Dhan Yojana, the PM Awaas Yojana, the Skill India mission, the Make in India mission, the Swachh Bharat Mission, the Sansad Adarsh Grama Yojana, the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Yojana, the PM Mudra Yojana, the Ujala Yojana of distributing subsidized LED bulbs, the Atal Pension Yojana for unorganized labor such as..[By Philip Mudartha]

The debate on revdis culture

The debate on revdis culture

Delhi is home to the second highest number of billionaires and millionaires of any city in India. Delhi ranks fifth among the Indian states and union territories in human development index. Delhi has the second-highest GDP per capita in India (after Goa). Although a union territory, the political administration of the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi today more closely resembles that of a state of India, with its own legislature, high court and an executive council...[By Philip Mudartha]

A comparative analysis of Two South Indian States

A comparative analysis of Two South Indian States

“Many state borrow and spend on unproductive projects which will send them into debt trap. Many politicians’ aim is to spend more in order to get more kick-backs or spend on popular dole out to get more votes. At least, Kerala is in trap; to give salary of government employees borrowing is required” so commented A T Mathai in response to my article ‘India’s debt: Signs of alarm bells’ published by this website on 25th July 2022...[By Philip Mudartha]

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