The Foreign Policy of Narendra Modi
By Jayantha Dhanapala*
Within two months the newly elected Prime Minister of India has had summit meetings with the Japanese Prime Minister, the President of China and the President of the USA. India, Japan and China are the Asian giants while the US remains the sole global super power. Thus the evolving relationships amongst them have special significance. It has become a cliché today to describe all friendly bilateral relations as “strategic partnerships” but obviously some relations are more “strategic” than others.
Run for Unity: Modi Playing with Fire
By Dr Sandeep Pandey *
Narendra Modi continues to use Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel to promote his brand of politics. It is interesting that he has not chosen any of the Hindutva leaders from the past – Savarkar, Golwalkar, Hedgewar, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, Deen Dayal Upadhyay, Atal Behari Vajpayee or anyone else– as an icon. By using Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel’s image of an iron man he wants to cast himself in the same mould, send a message that he is not just a BJP leader but a national leader and at the same time can embarrass Congress who have belittled the role of everybody except members of Nehru family.
For a Place on The World Stage
By Arun Kumar *
India seems to be happy to get from the big economic powers things such as surplus capital, technology, trains, cleanliness, education and so on. This also spells its weakness 67 years after Independence. We rejoice at getting the basics from others while giving in return our best minds and yoga.
Political Parties fail to implement RTI Act
CIC issues show-cause notices to six political parties for non-compliance hearing on Nov 21st
By A Correspondent
The Central Information Commission (CIC) has fixed November 21, 2014 for a hearing on non-compliance by six political parties of its full-bench verdict dated June 3 last year declaring six national political parties as public authorities under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.
Is the Face of Hinduism Changing?
By Ram Puniyani *
Fali S Nariman recently made a very significant observation on the current political situation in India.
The distinguished Constitutional jurist noted:
“Hinduism has traditionally been the most tolerant of all Indian faiths. But, recurrent instances of religious tension, fanned by fanaticism and hate speech, have shown that the Hindu tradition of tolerance is showing signs of strain...my apprehension is that Hinduism is somehow changing its benign face...”
A Story Set in Pre-partition Amritsar
Freedom, Fear and Fortune Author: Kiran Ahuja Publisher: Cinnamon Teal Publishing, 2012
Review by Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed
Kiran Ahuja’s historical novel, set in the Amritsar of 1900-1940, traces the contrasting destinies deriving from two separate but identical acts of two class fellows, Mohan Rai and Prashant Singh. Through painstaking background research Ahuja provides a fairly faithful and realistic social and political context to tell their stories.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan And The Filth Of Democracy
By Samar *
No, the man pictured here has not entered the gutter as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's much hyped Swachh Bharat Abhiyan , or “clean India campaign”. Unlike the ad rush that shows posing with the broom, he could not have entered the gutter to preach the country about the virtues of cleanliness.
The Myth of Green Building
By Sunita Narain *
There is no question that India and other parts of the still-under-construction world must build green. The building sector is a major contributor to climate change and local environmental destruction because of construction materials used; energy expended for lighting, heating and cooling; and water consumption and waste discharge. This is the threat. There is an opportunity as well.
Medical Malpractices: Is There Light At the End of the Tunnel?
By Shobha Shukla and Bobby Ramakant *
The noblest professional of all-to heal fellow human beings- is certainly witnessing its worst decay. Dr Peter Gotzsche, Director, Nordic Cochrane Centre and Professor in University of Copenhagen, said to Citizen News Service (CNS): "There is a lot that needs to change in healthcare. It is one of the most corrupted sectors in society. In Denmark, for example, we have thousands of doctors who are on industry payrolls - they are consultants, they sit on advisory boards - but in reality it is a soft form of bribery because if you do not behave as expected you will no longer be on the payroll." Dr Gotzsche is one of the sanest voices in medical fraternity striving hard to bring evidence-based medicine, ethics and integrity back in fashion.
Jharkhand: Gumla: Growing Disquiet
By Deepak Kumar Nayak
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management
A group of heavily-armed cadres of the People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a breakaway faction of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), ambushed an SUV and killed all seven persons travelling in the vehicle between Harup and Rerwa villages under the Kamdara Police Station limits in the Gumla District of Jharkhand, in the evening of November 3, 2014.
Meghalaya: Mutating Threats
By M. A. Athul
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management
Like a multi headed hydra, the insurgency in Meghalaya is just refusing to die, despite several successes against rebel formations. The ongoing counter insurgency Operation Hill Storm has hurt insurgent formations, but the emergence of new threats has ensured that enduring successes remain elusive.