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Narendra Modi
Modi is still the best bet for India

By Amulya Ganguli Even if Narendra Modi hasn’t lived up to the expectations which he aroused two years ago, he is still the best person for turning India into a modern and economically advanced country. The claim about modernity may seem odd considering that the medievalists of the saffron brotherhood constitute an influential section of […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
MODI_WEST BENGAL
Modinomics must address the rural economy

By Vatsal Srivastava For a government that has been voted by a historic majority on the single promise of “ache din” and “vikas”, today’s agrarian reality can turn into its most potent cause of demise. The agricultural growth rate is creeping towards negative territory from a dismal 0.2 percent seen in 2014-2015. Data from the […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Environment
India leads world In environmental conflicts

There are more environmental conflicts in India than any other country, and more clashes are over water (27 perccent) than any other cause, according to the recently released Global Environmental Justice Atlas (EJAtlas). India has 222 listed conflicts – in proportion to population, there are many more – followed by Colombia and Nigeria with 116 […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
B. R. Ambedkar
Ambedkar, an icon no party can afford to ignore

Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, whose 125th birth anniversary falls on April 14, has emerged as one of India’s most revered leader especially during the last two decades. No political party can afford to ignore him though the reasons for doing so are more electoral than emotional. Independent India’s first cabinet of prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru had […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
vote
Tribal votes a key factor in Assam polls

Both the BJP-led alliance and the Congress have left no stone unturned in securing tribal votes which may turn out to be a key factor in deciding the result of the ongoing Assam assembly election. Of all the tribal communities of the state, the electoral behavior of the tea tribes comprising about six million has […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Dalrymple
Writing is intellectual, photography emotional: William Dalrymple

New Delhi: For William Dalrymple, the author of books like “City of Djiins”, “In Xanadu” and “White Mughals”, writing is an intellectual art while photography is emotional. The author, who recently published his first book of photographs, “The Writer’s Eye”, says that it’s a medium to express beauty. “Photographs don’t convey ideas, they express beauty. […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
court
In India’s district courts, a crisis is revealed

As of today, there are more than 20 million cases pending in the Indian district courts; two-thirds are criminal cases and one in 10 have been pending for more than 10 years, our analysis of National Judicial Data Grid (NJDG) data has revealed. More revelations: * There is one judge for every 73,000 people in […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
opinion
Spirited Investigations: The Stories of the Occult Detectives

Remember “Ghostbusters”? The 1984 film about three parapsychologists taking on supernatural phenomenon in New York sparked off a whole universe of spin-offs across various media – a reboot version comes out in July with women replacing the original male cast. But the occult detective fiction genre has always been popular and enduring too, having been […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Dividing Maharashtra: Vidarbha=Serbia, Konkan=Cuba
Dividing Maharashtra: Vidarbha=Serbia, Konkan=Cuba

The gross district domestic product (GDDP) of the five districts that form Amravati region (Rs.51,947 crore), a part of backward Vidarbha, was Maharashtra’s lowest in 2013-14; yet it was more than Jammu and Kashmir (Rs.45,847 crore) in the same year. The GDP of Marathwada (Rs.83,765 crore), a region of eight drought-prone districts, in 2013-14 was […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
rice farming
Doubling farmers' income by 2022 will prove Herculean

After adjusting for rising costs, an Indian farmer’s income effectively rose 5 percent per year over the decade (2003-2013), according to an IndiaSpend analysis of various government data. This calls into question Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s declaration of doubling their income over the next five years. “We are grateful to our farmers for being the […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Four icons who became Hindutva ideologues
Four icons who became Hindutva ideologues

By M.R. Narayan Swamy Title: Hindutva: Exploring the Idea of Hindu Nationalism; Author: Jyotirmaya Sharma; Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers India; Pages: 240; Price: Rs.299 What was the common thread that united Hindu nationalists Dayananda Saraswati, Sri Aurobindo, Swami Vivekananda and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar? With their thinking, discourse and writings, all four influenced new thinking among Hindus […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Why India’s governance frontlines are cash starved
Why India’s governance frontlines are cash starved

By Charu Bahri Between 2010 and 2015, funding shortfalls to local governments nationwide – rural and urban – were as high as half the sanctioned amount and annual payments fluctuated extensively, with variations peaking in the slowdown years 2011 and 2012, according to a new paper. Central government grants are a financial lifeline for panchayati […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Dhoni is right, Kohli should be team's role model
Dhoni is right, Kohli should be team's role model

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s media conference at Eden Gardens in Kolkata, after India beat Pakistan for the 11th time in the ICC tournaments, appeared more like he was addressing his own team-mates. Like a teacher telling his students which classmate of theirs they should emulate, pointing to the most scholarly in the class, India captain sang […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
India-Inc.
Citizens should not be forced to chant 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai'

Few people will have any objections to chanting “Bharat Mata ki Jai (Glory to Mother India)”, but are unlikely to accept the idea of being compelled to say it. They may still do so out of fear, but that can hardly be the kind of patriotism which the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
Money
Can India transform economic challenges into opportunities?

The Indian economy, with its evolution and transformation over the past 25 years, has been a topic of discussion among policymakers and other key stakeholders in India and abroad. A more interesting perspective is in understanding the future trajectory of Indian growth. A recent book by D. Bhalla, the present secretary general of the Lok […]

  • Thursday, 01 July 2021
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