National Interest Will be the Biggest Casualty
in the Politics of Personality Clashes
By Prabhu Chawla
Positive politics is fuelled by an obsession for change, while a political obsession is often fuelled by a confrontation between relentless rivals. Often, it strays into the treacherous territory of vicious verbosity banishing all logical debate and dialogue, thus placing democratic institutions in danger of moral destitution. Last week, the Congress and BJP were locked in a Waterloo of Words, the worst-ever since the NDA government assumed power. Usually political parties settle down to the serious business of governance and legislation as soon as an election gets over. But the two mainstream parties, which have been engaged in a fusillade of fulminations since the Bihar polls, were expected to engage each other in resolving many legislative issues pending in Parliament. Personal attacks on personalities rather than on ideologies, however, are likely to paralyse the process of governance
India Needs Nehru Again
By L.K. Sharma – Mainstream Weekly
This is no usual anniversary for paying tributes to Nehru. He and his principles are under attack by those wanting to drag India into a direction not envisioned by the freedom fighters nor sanctified by the secular India’s Constitution.
A debate on Nehru’s failures as the Prime Minister has been there for long and his record is a legitimate subject of criticism or praise. But today some basic principles, that Nehru, other Congress leaders and most Opposition leaders stood for, are under assault.
Whose India? Tagore’s or Golwalkar’s
By Mohammad Ashraf
RSS is now giving practical shape to the ideas of Golwalkar through their nominee, Narendra Modi. Instead of realizing the dream of a progressive, secular and democratic country, they are taking India to Vedic times in a totally retrograde mode. India of Tagore’s dreams and vision seems to be disappearing fast and it is being replaced systematically by Gowalkar’s Pogrom of a fascist and regressive India of the savage times. A historian friend calls it the beginning of the end of India while a columnist friend calls it the “Unmaking of India”!
Returning Honors Is An Attempt To Save Democracy
By Ram Puniyani *
Last few weeks have seen a flood of ‘returning’ honors by writers, scientists and artists. These awardees in way have stood up to make themselves to be counted. There are also various statements from academics, historians, artists and scientists showing their concern about the growing intolerance and erosion of our plural values. Those who returned the honors are amongst the outstanding contributors to literature, arts, film making and science. They in a way have been pouring their heart out at what is going on at social level.
Censor Board Chairman Nihalani Calls FTII Students 'Anti Nationals'
By Ranjit Nair
Mr. Nihalani has been venomous in his anti-FTII stand throughout the strike which was critical of the above mentioned chauvinistic appointments in the FTII society made by the current government. He, self proclaimed vanguard of nationalism in cinema, now plans to make a film showing FTII students and its alumni anti-national. Having such a member in the Governing Council with such intolerant views towards its own institution and plurality of cinema is extremely unhealthy and highly condemnable.
Will Child Labour Propel Make In India?
By Vikram Srivastava
It’s important to understand the efforts by government and its correlation. Recently the Union Cabinet's approval of a set of amendment in Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986 dilutes the whole concept of childhood, learning and education. The law legalizes and promotes child labour below age of 14 years for family business and occupations, leaving no room for children to play and learning beyond classrooms. The law faults on few more counts including continued ignorance to the ILO Conventions 138 and 182. The proposed amendments doesn’t seem to be curbing child labour instead it a well thought move for reasons other than the Best Interest of Children.
Avert the Looming TB-diabetes Co-epidemic
Before It Gets Too Late
By Shobha Shukla *
The global picture presents a bleak scenario of the double burden of TB and diabetes, in so much as a communicable and a non-communicable disease seem to have joined hands to threaten public health. That's why the forthcoming first-ever Global TB Diabetes Summit in Indonesia becomes important for galvanizing effective and collaborative public health responses.
AP – Telangana: Maoists' Fading Fortunes
By Fakir Mohan Pradhan
Research Associate, Institute for Conflict Management
The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) abducted six local leaders of the Bhadrachalam division of Telangana State’s ruling Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS), including constituency in-charge Maane Ramakrishna, from Pusuguppa, a village on the fringes of forest in Charla mandal (block administrative unit) in Telangana’s Khammam District, late on November 18, 2015.
Bihar Aftermath: Tough Times Ahead
Thanks to Nitish, Lalu and Modi
The mahagatbandhan has achieved a huge mandate. However, that doesn't necessarily mean it will ensure stability.
By Sunil Rajguru
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has suffered his biggest setback in the last two years. From 2012-'14 nothing could go wrong for him. He won his third Gujarat election. He was declared prime ministerial candidate. He won the 2013 Assembly elections in style.
Why Bihar Elections Was Unique In History?
By Masood Ali Mir
The important feature of democracy is that the power resides with a common man. The high voltage election campaign hardly matters when there is less delivery on governance and developmental front. The common man of Bihar has used the power of ballot for his betterment, better governance and common brotherhood. Long live Democracy.
Chhattisgarh: Crumbling Bastions
By Mrinal Kanta Das
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management
A Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadre was killed by a joint squad of Security Forces (SFs), comprising of the 204th Battalion of the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA), District Reserve Group (DRG) and District Force, at Kurcholi village forest under the Basaguda Police Station limits in Bijapur District on November 25, 2015.