PRESSURE STILL ON TO TAKE TWO DEPUTY CHIEF MINISTERS
Published 01-07-2020 11:24 GMT-0000
BHOPAL: It is now crystal clear that the BJP central leadership did not approve the list of probable ministers suggested by the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Thus it is for the third time that the process of cabinet expansion has been postponed. Despite spending two days in New Delhi on intense lobbying, meeting Home Minister Amit Shah, party chief J. P. Nadda and even the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chouhan drew blank and returned to Bhopal empty hand. On reaching Bhopal he remained tight-lipped and resumed consultation with state leaders. The only thing Chouhan said was that cabinet expansion will not take place on July 1.
INDIA NEEDS CONSIDERED HOLISTIC APPROACH TO WEAKEN BEIJING'S INTERESTS
Published 01-07-2020 11:21 GMT-0000
India banned 59 Chinese smartphone applications, including some popular ones like TikTok, Shareit, UCBrowser, Club Factory and Cam Scan this Monday. The reasons cited by the Modi government has indeed been of very serious nature. If the officials of the Modi government are to be believed these apps were endangering the security integrity and sovereignty of India. Obviously any government which has been concerned of the national interest would not allow theses apps to be operational in public domain.
FISCAL DEFICIT IS NOT ANY MORE A MAJOR ISSUE FOR POLICY MAKERS
Published 01-07-2020 11:12 GMT-0000
Extreme situations bring forth extreme thinking. When the world is facing economic crisis from coronavirus pandemic and government spending is shooting through the roof, Modern Monetary Theory —or better known now-a-days as MMT— is putting forward an alternative viewpoint — don’t bother about rising deficit in government budget.
FUEL PRICE HIKE IN THE NAME OF POOR IS A TRAVESTY
Published 01-07-2020 11:08 GMT-0000
The government claim that the money raised through the daily hike in fuel prices is going into the hands of the poor people is a joke more cruel than the one-paisa cut it announced at around the same time two years ago.
NEW DELHI HAS STILL SCOPE OF PERSUADING KATHMANDU TO SEE REASON
Published 01-07-2020 11:03 GMT-0000
India-Nepal relations soured recently after the Nepal Government claimed three Indian territories to be their own – Kalapani, Lipulekh and Limpiyadhura in Uttarakhand. The total area is 335 sq. kms. The Nepali side not only claimed these Indian territories but published a new map showing these areas to be in Nepal. The map was later presented to and approved by the Nepali Parliament. Nepal quoted the Treaty of Sugauli, signed in 1816 in support of its claims. The Treaty of Sugauli was between the East India Company and Rajguru Gajaraj Mishra with Chandra Shekhar Upadhyaya for Nepal after the Anglo-Nepalese war (November 1814 to March 1816).
A GREAT LIBERAL HUMANIST, HE FOUGHT FOR A BETTER WORLD UNTIL HIS LAST DAYS
Published 30-06-2020 12:27 GMT-0000
My mind pulls me backward to 1938 when I was not even born. A national inter-university debate competition was taking place at the University Institute Hall in Kolkata. The motion was that ‘the only way to achieve the independence of India was the Gandhian path of non-violence’. The student who was judged the best was Majhar Ali Khan of Lahore in his early twenties, having spoken against the motion. He was later an outstanding journalist of the sub-continent and was the father of Tariq Ali, the famous leader of student uprising in the late 1960s. A yet- to-complete seventeen lad became the third speaking in support of the motion. He was Jolly Mohan Kaul whose mundane innings came to a halt at 98-plus on 29 June 2020.He was the last living member of the national council of the undivided Communist Party of India at the fifth party congress (Amritsar 1958).
EXPULSION OF JOSE GROUP IN KC(M) MAY CHANGE EQUATIONS
Published 30-06-2020 10:27 GMT-0000
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The crisis bedevilling the Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF) has deepened with the Congress leadership expelling the Jose K Mani-led faction in the Kerala Congress(M).
ANTI-BJP PARTIES IN STATE NEED UNIFIED APPROACH TO DEFEAT NITISH KUMAR
Published 30-06-2020 10:23 GMT-0000
The announcement to form a Third Front by the former Union finance minister Yashwant Sinha on Saturday is more than his expression of intent and interest to effectively intervene in the election to the Bihar assembly.
TO WIN AGAINST MODI, SMART OPTICS AS IMPORTANT AS SUBSTANCE
Published 30-06-2020 10:19 GMT-0000
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi turned 50 last week and celebrated it quietly in view of the coronavirus outbreak. His father Rajiv Gandhi became the Prime Minister at the age of 40. Rahul too could have become the Prime Minister in 2009 when the Congress returned to power, or at least a minister during the ten years of the UPA rule from 2004 -2014. But he had his own ideas of leadership. At the swearing in ceremony in 2009, I asked him why he did not become a minister and his reply was: “I don’t want to do ten things at a time. I want to do only one thing at a time.”
LACK OF TRANSPARENCY POSES QUESTIONS ABOUT SPENDING
Published 30-06-2020 10:15 GMT-0000
PM Cares Fund is yet within the womb of secrecy. Prime Minister’s Office has been unwilling to reveal its secrets ever since its conception and inception three months ago. It is a back step since it flouts transparency, one of the fundamentals of good governance, considered to be antidote to corruption. The very name smacks petty politics, which does not mean ‘Prime Minister Cares’. It was simply a backronym deliberately created to hoodwink the people to make them believe that ‘Prime Minister Cares’. Its real name is Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund.