Preet Bharara's Folly

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By Bhaskar Menon *

New York Attorney Preet Bharara’s political ambition is the only satisfactory explanation for why American law enforcement officials chose to publicly humiliate Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade when arresting her for alleged visa fraud on 12 December in New York.

He clearly has such ambition. The second paragraph on the Home page of his office reads:

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Sangeeta Richards: The Forgotten Victim Of Khobragade Affairs

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By V. Arun Kumar *

The recent diplomatic manoeuvres by India against United States after Devyani Khobragade, a diplomat, who was arrested in US for visa fraud might have brought smiles on the faces of Indian elites and nationalists, but the serious issue of under payment of wages has now totally been silenced.

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India's Division Will Ensure a True Shining Nation

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Divided Into 50 States on Economic Lines

By Prabhu Chawla *

Expediency is the mot juste for the Congress credo. The party founded by Alan Octavian Hume exactly 129 years ago swears by its imperial inheritance from the Union Jack—the British policy of divide and rule. For a party that advertises inclusive economics and politics, its policies and actions have always been aimed at polarising the nation along casteist, regional and religious lines. It chooses to divide when it fails to unite through pressure, persuasion and power. For example, after stonewalling the creation of a Telangana state for over five decades, it has suddenly discovered that dividing Andhra Pradesh is its only option to capture a small sliver of the stormy state.

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Government Unable To Comprehend People’s Anger

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By Prayag Mehta *

As is now well known,under the present growth scenario India’s already unequal society has become more unequal with about 77 percent of the population (in 2004-05)-- with a per capita daily consumption expenditure of less than Rs. 20. The proportion of people unable to access 2100 calories per day, after meeting all essential non-food expenses, increased over the 2004-2010 period. showing a substantial increase in poverty and impoverishment.

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Questionable Choices Of Icons

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By N. Jayaram *

Bharat Ratna (literally Gem or Jewel of India), is the country’s highest civilian honour. It was instituted in 1954 and thus far 43 people have been conferred the award, in many cases decades after their death. Most recipients in the first three decades were politicians who had taken part in the struggle for freedom from British rule and led the country or parts of it later. Scientists, social workers and musicians have figured on the list too. Crucially, upper-caste Hindus have predominated.

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Urban Mobility Plans To Tackle Sustainability

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By Marianne de Nazareth *

Living in any of India's metropolises has become a nightmare with the exponential increase in the quantum of vehicular traffic, on all the cities arterial roads. Pollution levels have spiraled out of control with not just the increase in vehicles but also the adulteration of the fuel sold in the country. Drive down any of the main roads of any city in the country and you can experience firsthand the smog of pollution that coats everything and anything, including our lungs.

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To Fight Corruption: All-Party, All-Legislators’ Government!

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By Dr. Satinath Choudhary *

Various ways and means have been suggested for reducing corruption. Instruments like Vigilance Department, CBI, Lokpaal, Lokaayukta, courts and stiff punishments for perpetrators of corruption are various means and ways of curbing corruption on the basis of fear of punishments. However, not enough attention has been given towards limiting opportunities for corruption by introducing structural transparency in the governing structure.

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Will Lokpal Bill End Corruption In India

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By Syed Ali Mujtaba *

After fifty-two years of its inception, the Lokpal bill at last has become a law. Both the houses of the Parliament passed this controversial bill on December 18, 2013 amidst reservation from the Samajwadi party and some other ruling UPA allay.

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Black Day for Human Rights, Queer Rights

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By A Correspondent

We are deeply disappointed at the decision of the Supreme Court in Suresh Kumar Kaushal v. Naz Foundation. The decision by overturning the historic Delhi High Court judgment which recognized that LGBT persons are full citizens of India, attempts to stem the tide of history. By overturning the Naz Foundation judgment, the Supreme Court has, in one fell stroke again reduced LGBT persons to the status of what the Delhi High Court memorably called 'unapprehended felons'.

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Gay Rights: The Long Road Ahead

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By Shaleen Rakesh *

On 11 December 2013, the streets outside the Supreme Court of India thronged with a dazed crowd, hugging, sobbing and not quite sure what had happened. Inside the hushed courtroom, the judges had just passed a devastating ruling. Lesbians, gays, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) in India had once again been labelled as criminals. Section 377, the 149-year-old colonial law that banned gay sex, had been upheld by the Highest Court of Law of India saying that amending or repealing Section 377 should be a matter left to Parliament, not the judiciary.

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Supreme Court Judgement on Homosexuality

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By Prahlad Shekhawat *

The Supreme Court instead of validating the totally outmoded and culturally prejudiced law on homosexuality, should have looked at and relied on the scientific evidence and evolution of a broad consensus among experts around the world. Will the Parliament ensure that the scientific view and global experience prevails over cultural and religious taboos?

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OCTOBER 2017

Vol. 12 - No. 3










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