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INDIA: MADHYA PRADESH

SONS PITCH PLAGUING BJP CANDIDATE SELECTION

SUMITRA MAHAJAN AMONG HEAVY WEIGHTS MAKING DEMAND
Author: L.S. Herdenia - Published 09-11-2018 10:01 GMT-0000
BHOPAL: BJP always accuses Congress of “Parivarvad” but now it is the love of sons by several stalwarts of BJP that is the main hurdle causing delay in finalising tickets in some crucial constituencies. Incidentally they include people who have spent their whole lives in being loyal to the RSS. Topping the list is Babulal Gaur, who joined the RSS after refusing to join the business of his father about six decades ago. Gaur, a former chief minister, is seeking ticket for himself or for his daughter-in-law from Govindpura constituency from where he won consecutive ten times.
INDIA

MODI GOVT WANTS TO LOOT FUNDS FROM RBI RESERVES

BANK UNIONS MUST RISE IN PROTEST AGAINST THIS SINISTER MOVE
Author: Shameem Faizee - Published 08-11-2018 15:10 GMT-0000
After destroying the national economy by shamelessly pursuing the pro-Corporate economic policies, the Narendra Modi government in last year of its power is bent upon conducting loot and loot of the remaining national wealth to save its skin as well as spend the looted national wealth in a manner that the people are hoodwinked.
INDIA

DEMONETISATION IS CRIPPLING INFORMAL ECONOMY, JOB MARKET

ARUN JAITLEY IS STILL RESORTING TO WHITE LIES AFTER TWO YEARS
Author: Nitya Chakraborty - Published 08-11-2018 15:05 GMT-0000
It was two years ago, on that fateful night of November 8, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced his “historic” decision of demonetization promising that it would act as a game changer in the Indian economy by driving out black money, weed out fake notes and check terror funds but the Reserve Bank of India’s figures show nothing has been achieved in the last 24 months, whereas the informal economy still remains shattered leading to high joblessness and under employment.
INDIA

RAM OR ELECTORAL RAM?

NAME-CHANGER IS NO GAME-CHANGER
Author: Aditya Aamir - Published 08-11-2018 14:57 GMT-0000
“With public sentiment, all is possible; without it, nothing is,” said Abraham Lincoln. So, is public sentiment with the Hindutva call for a Ram temple in Ayodhya, as it is in Kerala for keeping women of 10-50 age at arm’s length from celibate Swami Ayyappa? Lincoln, if he was of Hindutva ilk, will say ‘yes’, and he was a conservative with a love for theatre, which was where he got shot, in a theatre.
PAKISTAN

ASIA BIBI BETWEEN IMRAN KHAN AND POLITICAL ISLAM

HISTORY IS PROOF THAT APPEASEMENT NEVER WORKED
Author: Sankar Ray - Published 08-11-2018 14:50 GMT-0000
Naeem Ahmed Qazi, a development consultant for national and foreign institutions and primarily an educationist, has reminded Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Niazi of his past when he played cricket with a straight bat. In an acid-tongue opinion piece indicting the new government for surrender to the religious extremists - Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan- in Roznama Pakistan, a leading Urdu daily, Qazi wrote in an agonised tone indicting the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led federal government for soft stance towards TLP despite the three-day violent protests against the verdict of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on 31 October acquitting Pakistani Christian Aasiya Noreen – Asia Bibi – in a blasphemy case that kept her in death row for eight years. For nearly three days the main cities had screeched to a halt. The nation helplessly witnessed inhumane, brutal and shocking scenes during the lockdown – a murky mobocracy “looting the poorest while in others the rich had to witness their vehicles destroyed by a mob apparently chanting the slogans of Islam”.
USA

LEFT DEMOCRATS MAKE STEADY ADVANCE IN U.S. MID-TERM POLL

MUCH HARDER WORK IS NEEDED TO UNSEAT PRESIDENT TRUMP IN 2020
Author: John Wojcik - Published 08-11-2018 14:46 GMT-0000
A substantial majority of Americans went to the polls on November 6 and pulled the lever for candidates who opposed President Trump and his policies. Even in the elections for the U.S. Senate, where the GOP gained at least three seats, 10 million more people voted Democratic than voted Republican.

INDIA’S GROWING NAVAL STRENGTH IN INDIAN OCEAN

EFFECTIVE STRATEGY TO COUNTER CHINESE MOVES
Author: Barun Das Gupta - Published 08-11-2018 14:40 GMT-0000
In the first week of this month the Prime Minister broke the news to the nation that India’s first indigenously built nuclear submarine Arihant had successfully completed its first ‘deterrence patrol’. Though the PM did not make such a claim, a section of the media claimed that the submarine-launched ballistic missiles or SLBMs Arihant is equipped with have brought both Pakistan and China within their striking range.

EVER CHANGING INDIAN POLITICS HAS NOW A NEW TWIST

ELECTIONS INCREASINGLY BASED ON RAISING HOPES
Author: Vijay Sanghvi - Published 07-11-2018 14:51 GMT-0000
From ancient times, India has been a unique culture due to the Varna based classification and vocation based caste system of its social composition. The masses were so engrossed in their routines for survival that they had least contact with the political power. They had nothing to fear from and expect of the saddled power of their times. Maintenance of the composition for smooth existence of society also made imperative for the power not to interfere with lives of masses except for collection of revenue from farm producers and taxes and tolls from traders. Only forced recruitments to function as carriers in times of war were the only compulsions. The masses did not bother who was in the saddle and aggressors succeeded in capturing power in India, not one but eleven different types. They were not even aware of their political rights and independence.
INDIA

IPTA CELEBRATES ITS 75 YEARS WITH BIG ENTHUSIASM

PATNA CONCLAVE GIVES CALL FOR JOINT STRUGGLE AGAINST DIVISIVE FORCES
Author: Noor Zaheer - Published 06-11-2018 10:01 GMT-0000
Indian People’s Theatre Association (IPTA) celebrated its seventy five glorious years which was commemorated in a five day long festival of theatre, music, dance, songs, discussions and deliberations in Patna, from October 27 to October 31. It needs to be elaborated that IPTA was not and is not just a group of artistes, it was and remains a group of political workers using art as a tool or weapon for social awareness and justice. We see here the application of the Gramsci’s concept of hegemony regarding the role intellectuals. He argued that it is necessary for the Communist Party to occupy all intellectual ground from political parties and press to education, gender relations and cultural activity.
INDIA

POLICE CAN'T MATCH RESOLVE OF AYYAPPA DEVOTEES

Author: Aditya Aamir - Published 06-11-2018 09:51 GMT-0000
Sujata. Girija. Lalitha. The trio caused an upheaval at the Sabarimala temple Wednesday morning. Blame it on Kerala women and coconut oil, Parachute! One of the ladies did not look her age (52), her hair darker than a tropical forest, her time on earth looking less than the required 50+ summers, and the male Ayyappans surged in protest, over 3,000 defiant bristling chins. The 2,300 policemen were no match and it required an Aadhaar test of age for tempers to settle. The Kerala Police enterprise to dictate proceedings, control the chessboard, came a complete cropper.