INDIAN POLITICS

‘ENCRYPTION’ U-TURN: CLASSIC CASE OF CLIMBDOWN

It is a classic case of climbdown – classic because it comes immediately after the public backlash on ‘government’s proposed draft on net neutrality’. Classic, because it reaffirms the ‘established by now’ fact that every government in power, irrespective of the political party it belongs to, follows the same tools to attract public’s wrath that it had so vehemently opposed ...

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INDIA SHEDDING ITS ‘PAKISTAN OBSESSION’: PAKISTAN DESPERATELY TRYING TO PROVOKE INDIA

“Narendra Modi contested elections on anti-Pakistan platform and now wants to dictate terms for the dialogue with Pakistan but we will never accept this and we have already conveyed it to New Delhi.” He said Kashmir will be part and parcel of any agenda of talks with India and that the international community has accepted Pakistan’s point of view in ...

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JANATA DAL: 1988 TO 2015 – THE STORY REMAINS THE SAME

After much downs and few ups, six factions of the erstwhile ‘Janata Dal’ or evergreen ‘Janata Parivar’ came together to save India’s secular fabric – at least that is what they had claim. And in process, they thought, they could make a front to revive their dwindling political futures. But they could not or did not deliberate on ‘state Vs ...

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WHY MULAYAM SINGH YADAV WALKED OUT OF ALLIANCE IN BIHAR?

Samajwadi Party has no stake in the upcoming Bihar assembly polls. It is politically non-existent in the state. Janata Dal (United) and Rashtriya Janata Dal have no grounds in Uttar Pradesh where assembly elections are due in April-May 2017. Samajwadi Party is in government in Uttar Pradesh where the party won complete majority in 2012 assembly polls and Akhilesh Yadav ...

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TRADE UNIONS TRADE WELL THEIR DAYLONG NATIONWIDE STRIKE

As is the norm, Arun Jaitley dismissed yesterday’s nationwide strike. PTI quotes him saying – ‘Bharat bandh has marginal or inconsequential impact.’ His reaction was on the expected line. After all, a government is not expected to laud a protest event against it – certainly not in the current political scenario prevailing in India. And Arun Jaitely is one of ...

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GETTING STARTED ON A ‘BHARAT BANDH’ DAY..

September 2 was a general strike day by 10 central trade unions of the country. The unions claim ‘some 15 crore members are on their membership rolls’ and since they were preparing for it for long, in fact the strike was earlier proposed in July, the normal life was expected to be affected. And it was so, at least in ...

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VIP ANTI-VIPS

“Officials should show courtesy and consideration to MPs and MLAs. officials should rise to receive the public representatives and see them off too. Arrangements should be made in advance to receive them in office if a visit is already scheduled.” “While responding to MPs and MLAs, the official would see that the communication is legit. Pre-printed or cyclo-styled replies should ...

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WELL, NOTHING LIKE REALITY CHECK HERE..

Well, I am again taking liberty from my self-made principles when it comes to writing – by using a tweet – from sources that usually don’t make for informed news elements. Social media feeds make for some great news stuff – but then one needs to be cautious about what to use, when to use and where to use. This ...

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INDIA IS LANGUISHING ON INTRODUCING TIME-DEPENDENT CHANGES IN ITS ‘RESERVATION POLICY’

It was some 20 years ago or even before that. My elder sister had a friend whose family happened to the big land owner of its area. If I try to remember things with a wise guess, it should be over 500 acres. And most of the members of her community (the caste group) that she came from, were having ...

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NARENDRA MODI IN UAE – HIS VISIT SHOULD BE SEEN IN THIS BACKDROP..

Indians form almost 30% of United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) population. Around 2.6 million Indians are among the 10 million strong UAE population. What is important to note here that around 8.5 million people in the UAE population are expatriates. The Emirati citizens of the seven Emirates, that together make UAE, are just around around 1.5 million. Most of the Indians ...

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