Drizzling sops

A drizzle of sops has begun with the central government announcing Monday that the Ujjwala Yojana is being extended to all poor households. The same day, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath signed the order to waive farm loans up to Rs2 lakh in keeping...

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Round and round

Public faith in governing systems in India is steadily and woefully on the decline. Take for instance the Sikh riots cases, about which the Delhi High Court has come up with a judgement 34 long years after the incident. Accused Sajjan Kumar along with a...

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Trust breakdown

The recent (Friday, 14 December, 2018) Supreme Court ruling on the petitions pertaining to the Rafale jets deal was hailed as a shot in the arm for the Modi government, which had evidently been shaken by the adverse electoral verdicts in the three key states...

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5 state assembly elections

These were not just ordinary elections. Nor can the indications be ignored. With about 65 Lok Sabha seats involved in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh alone, the points to ponder for the future are many. One of the points is that the Congress had won...

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Change tune

A grand alliance for the 2019 General Elections is in the making. With results of five assembly polls set to stream in within a matter of hours, and the ruling BJP’s fortunes predicted to be on the downslide, the optimism on the part of the...

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Shelterless

Shelter homes from different parts of the country have come under the scanner in recent times with the emergence of reports of sexual exploitation of inmates. Such cases have been reported form Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and most lately from Dhenkanal district in Odisha. In the...

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RBI stands pat

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has kept the repo rate unchanged at 6.5 per cent while the reverse repo has been left at 6.2 per cent. This is for the second time in a row that the central bank did not tinker with the...

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Bloodlust rising

A UP police station house officer (SHO), a 20-year-old and a number of cows paid with their lives for a seemingly failed attempt at inciting communal violence in Bulandshahr. The fact that the same SHO had investigated the Dadri lynching of Akhlaque makes coincidence a...

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Rural chill

This, it would appear, is a winter of rural India’s discontent and desperation. The chill is palpably unbearable. Two stunning reports have emerged from Maharashtra, which demonstrate the sad plight of farmers — not in one state, but across the country. One report from Ahmednagar...

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Hot coal

The Coal Scam, one of the huge corruption scandals that nailed the UPA II, involved governmental allocation of the nation's huge deposits of coal for extraction to public and private sector firms. Cases were filed in 2012 after the CAG found the allocations had been...

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