In Losing Your Neighbour's Confidence, Risk is of
... Being Gobbled Up by Big Brother
By Prabhu Chawla *
“A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”—John F Kennedy.
For the past decade, the Indian establishment has been scrupulously adopting market mantras of the land of Kennedy. India’s economy is now more open than that of the mother of all open economies—the US. Both, however, have one thing in common. They are afraid to let people know the truth behind the establishment’s shady decisions.
AFSPA: In The 'Aid' Of Civil Power?
By Ravi Nitesh *
India is a democratic country and its governance is in the hands of civil powers to execute civil governance that includes maintaining law and order in civil areas. However, if required, the civil body may call the military to help it in executing its powers to uphold the law and order and to maintain the ultimate objective of a peaceful and safe society for the region.
Durga Shakti Nagpal And The Problems Of Higher Bureaucracy
By Vidyadhar Date *
The suspension of young IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal has deservedly evoked nationwide protests. But not enough notice is taken of employees in humbler positions doing their job, questioning wrong doers. The higher bureaucracy has done little, or not done enough to enforce rules and laws and resist pressure from politicians. It is not difficult to resist politicians as is seen from the career of former Maharashtra bureaucrat Arun Bhatia.
Communal Violence: Who is to be Blamed?
By Ram Puniyani *
A friend with dogged determination to show that the BJP is a lesser culprit of communal violence and that Congress is the major party to be blamed, listed the major communal riots in India and showed that most of the time when violence took place, it was Congress which has been the ruling party. He asks, so why get stuck with one episode of Gujarat violence and put it as a major point against Narendra Modi or BJP for that matter?
Perplexed in Policing: Mazed in Power, Privileges and Pradoxes - II
By Ajay K Mehra *
States and the Centre
The move in Maharashtra is under Congress-Nationalist Congress Party coalition, UPA partners at the Centre. It is unlikely that the troubled UPA and Congress would take any step to rectify this. However, it forefronts states’ constitutional responsibilities in police matters and the Centre’s obligations. The states in India, ruled for the past three decades by various national and regional parties continue to pass on the buck to the Centre while reneging on their own responsibilities.
Modi Phenomenon: An Attack on Indian Democracy
By Ram Puniyani *
Currently (August 2013) Narendra Modi is trying to dominate the media, print social and TV through his carefully constructed propaganda machinery and his potential of being nominated as the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate by RSS-BJP. Modi has openly used the words like puppies dying under the car wheel, while referring to the victims of Gujarat carnage of 2002. He has also asserted that he is a ‘Hindu nationalist’.
Poverty Porn: When Politicians Start Insulting The Citizenry
By Samar *
Raj Babbar was not quite off the mark. Neither was the war reporter who had thrown one of the most notorious questions ever asked in the history of journalism at the hundreds of just rescued European survivors of a siege at Stanleyville in eastern Congo in November 1964. “Anyone here been raped and speak English?" was the question if you must know.
Maharashtra: Anti-superstition Ordinance Promulgated
By A Correspondent
The anti-black magic and superstition ordinance has been promulgated in Maharashtra, on 24th August, four days after the murder of rationalist Narendra Dabholkar in Pune.
Rajaji’s Views on Amendment to Nullify Supreme Court Verdict
Submitted by N.S.Venkataraman
Nandini Voice For The Deprived
The move of the parliamentarians to make amendment to ensure that Supreme Court's verdict barring convicted persons from entering parliament and assemblies is causing concern to citizens who want probity in public life.
Who Killed Dr Narendra Dabholkar?
By Subhash Gatade *
Assassination of an Activist
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
— Albert Einstein
Bangalore: The IT Capital of India
By Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed *
On the whole, Indian Muslims are a poor community but in south India it is better because communalism is not part of the regular political landscape.
On Friday February 16, 2013, I arrived in the Indian Silicon Valley, Bangalore from Mumbai. I was now in the Karnataka state deep down in south India. The very talented journalist and writer, Aakar Patel, received me very warmly. I had been reading his articles in the Pakistani and Indian media and found them delightfully well researched and very crisply crafted. He has oftentimes, with great courage, presented a fairer and more-balanced picture of Pakistan in the Indian media. Patel and Tushita, also an accomplished journalist, are a young couple who left Mumbai for Bangalore to enjoy a better quality of life, and I must say it was a very wise decision. Their hospitality was truly generous.