India-China Boundary Talks Ease Tension
By Shastri Ramachandran *
The 16th round of talks between the Special Representatives (SRs) of India and China on the boundary issue, which was held in Beijing on June 28 and 29, was not just another round of jaw-jaw towards resolving the border dispute. The meeting had acquired greater significance because it is the first after the April 15 incursion by Chinese troops in Depsang in eastern Ladakh, and was held less than a week before defence minister AK Antony’s visit to China.
Perplexed in Policing: Mazed in Power, Privileges and Pradoxes
By Ajay K Mehra *
The debate on police reforms in India that sharpened following the Supreme Court’s decision on Prakash Singh’s PIL, though without much effect on the ground, has again been pushed into the public domain with a series of interrelated events in the past few years. A number of corruption cases recently, more particularly the coal scam, brought the charge against (then) Union Law Minister Ashwani Kumar (since resigned) of summoning the CBI chief with report on investigations on the scam and vetting the report before it was submitted to the Supreme Court.
A Promise of Fortune for Many, Bulging Swiss Accounts for Few
By Colin Todhunter *
Drip and drip again. It's a walk through Triplicane. It's a walk through the Triplicane and Royapettah areas of Chennai in July. It's hot here. It's always hot here. Watch your back. Watch your front. And, by the way, watch your side as well. Those mopeds, those scooters, those autos, those guided missiles from all directions. Around here, you walk in the road. Around here, city planners didn't plan for much.
A rush past half a dozen dimly lit pharmacy shops stacked to the rafters with boxes, bottles and more boxes. A rush past a dozen tiny one room eateries, non-veg, veg, wooden benches, plastic chairs, metal jugs of water on tables and metal mug waiting to be filled. A rush past street side shrines – tridents, Shivas, Nandis, Ganeshes, lingams. Smell the incense, feel the burn, sense the back streets of Triplicane.
India’s New Rural Poverty Line: Rs 27 per day
By A Correspondent
New poverty estimate claims fastest ever decline in poverty during UPA's regime
The Planning Commission has declared the new poverty line for rural and urban areas. It is Rs 27 a day for rural areas and Rs 30 a day for urban areas.
The Modi Mythology Manufacturing Consent, Saffron Style
By Jatin Gandhi
On a recent visit to Chandigarh, I met a lawyer well known in Punjab for representing—often free of cost—hapless young women deserted by their NRI husbands. The discussion veered from the enormity of this problem to the next General Election and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s pitch for prime ministership. The lawyer was almost convinced of Modi’s vision and ability to lead the country because she had heard several stories in the past few years about the ‘Gujarat model of governance’.
Narendra Modi On Sardar Patel: Putting Goebbels To Shame
By Shamsul Islam *
Gujarat Chief Minister and Hindutva icon Narendra Modi, while inaugurating an all-India conference on livestock and dairy development on June 11, 2013 in Gandhinagar, announced a nation-wide campaign to collect small pieces of iron from farmers and use them to build a ‘Statue of Unity’ in memory of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the first interior minister of independent India in Nehru’s cabinet.
Bihar: Soy based Lunch Kills 22 Children
By Ethan A. Huff
At least 22 children in India have died as a result of eating soy-based school lunches served to them in the country's Bihar state, according to new reports. The tainted lunches, which were loaded with genetically-modified (GM) soybeans and pesticide chemical residues, were given to the student victims as part of a U.K.-based government meal program similar to the one currently being implemented in the U.S. by Michelle Obama for American public schoolchildren.
Bodh Gaya Blasts: Terrorist Violence and Political Agenda
By Ram Puniyani *
Since last two decades terrorist violence has been added on to the weapons for polarizing communities along religious lines. In Mumbai for example, we first witnessed the major blasts in the wake of 92-93 post demolition violence, then blasts in the aftermath of Gujarat carnage of 2002 and then 26/11 2008 attack from Kasab and company. This shows the multifaceted nature, many causative factors, of terrorist violence. In the similar vein, the country as a whole witnessed regular repeated violence with loss of lots of lives.
Indian Muslim Youth: Groping for Equity and Security
By Ram Puniyani *
In a most communities youth have a serious struggle on hand to look beyond the present for the future, especially their careers, longing for dignity and a decent existence. While this applies to all the youth, the struggle of youth from marginalized and discriminated against communities are much more. It is on this terrain that, Chetan Bhagat, the popular writer turned columnist, decided to advise Muslim youth about their future path, choices. His advice came in the form of an article, a letter from a Muslim youth, in a leading daily.
The Four Foreign-Born Indian Women’s Role in Changing
By Kancha Ilaiah *
Several political parties are shamelessly attacking Sonia Gandhi for formalising Food Security law as an ordinance. No Congress politician or non-Congress politician thought of such a law all these years.
Sonia Gandhi is one of the four foreign-born Indian women who have left a deep imprint on Indian history. Annie Besant was the first such woman who became the president of the Indian National Congress in 1917. Though she is better known as a theosophist, she was a Fabian socialist and an equal rights campaigner.
Book Review: Chronicling the Truth
By Ram Puniyani *
Book Reviewed: Sampradayik Dangon ka Sach
Communal violence has been the bane of South Asian countries in general and India in particular. There are many a scholarly works and analysis of this painful phenomenon.