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  • PULWAMA ATTACK IS A FAILURE OF SECURITY ARCHITECTURE    (18-02-2019)
    My heart goes out to the families of all the CRPF personnel who lost their lives in one of the most audacious attack by militants on security forces. The suicide attack which occurred on February 14 in Pulwama in South Kashmir killed more than 40 CRPF troops. It also marks a shift in the militant tactics.
  • DELAY IN IRRIGATION PROJECTS COSTING INDIAN AGRICULTURE DEARLY    (18-02-2019)
    Project delays are a common phenomenon in India unlike in China where cost and time over-runs are rare. In fact in 1990s and early 2000, China had a record in no delay in implementation of World Bank’s development projects. Cost over-runs occur because of delay in projects. A delay in project results in increased cost of inputs including labour besides interest costs. Inflation adds to the woes.
  • MODI HAS TO GIVE A RELOOK AT HIS PAK STRATEGY    (18-02-2019)
    Every act of terrorism carries the threat of war. The Pakistani attacks on parliament in 2001 and on Mumbai in 2008 were followed by the possibility of a major conflict between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. It was undoubtedly the menace of the ultimate, Holocaust weapons which made the two countries draw back from the brink of the precipice at the time.
  • INDIA’S ‘WORKING POOR’ ARE FAST RISING    (18-02-2019)
    With the growing trend of a more assorted part of the less-organised services sector emerging as India’s biggest source of employment, the job quality is becoming not only poor but also more vulnerable. Interestingly, the trend is noted with concern by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in its global report that highlighted, among other things, the slow “pace of working poverty reduction” in many economies, including India. The ILO report noted that “overall, progress in reducing working poverty is too slow to keep pace with the growing labour force in developing countries, where the number of people in extreme working poverty is expected to exceed 114 million in 2018, or 40 per cent of all employed people.”
  • TERRORIST ATTACKS LEAD TO VIOLENT DEATHS    (16-02-2019)
    Terrorist violence in Pulwama which killed our brave young soldiers fighting to save the sovereignty of the country has shaken the whole nation. Each citizen is aghast at this violent act. There is natural wide spread anger and feeling of revenge. Life is the most sacred thing on earth. It is beyond imagination how can one think of destroying this beautiful gift of nature.
  • DEMOCRATS MOVE TO STOP TRUMP’S “NATIONAL EMERGENCY”    (16-02-2019)
    Donald Trump wants to use the pretext of a “national emergency” to grab billions of federal dollars to build his Mexican Wall. Xavier Becerra, California’s attorney general, and Sens. Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders were among those who immediately came out to say they will try to stop him. Even two Republican senators, Sens. Rand Paul and Susan Collins, not to mention countless Latino groups, joined the still-growing chorus of national resistance to the unconstitutional power grab.Donald Trump wants to use the pretext of a “national emergency” to grab billions of federal dollars to build his Mexican Wall. Xavier Becerra, California’s attorney general, and Sens. Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders were among those who immediately came out to say they will try to stop him. Even two Republican senators, Sens. Rand Paul and Susan Collins, not to mention countless Latino groups, joined the still-growing chorus of national resistance to the unconstitutional power grab.
  • IS MODI TAKING RAHUL FOR A RIDE?    (16-02-2019)
    Congress President Rahul Gandhi alone kept his word and did not extract political mileage from the deaths of the 41 CRPF martyrs whose mortal remains started reaching homes across India Friday morning. The bodies will be barely recognizable, missing as they will body parts. Rahul Gandhi did not let politics dictate the day but there are Rahul-loyalists who believe Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking him for a ride; that Rahul should not forget he has to win the elections and, as in war and love, everything is fair in elections.
  • CONGRESS IS A REJUVENATED PARTY BEFORE LOK SABHA POLL    (16-02-2019)
    What India needs after 2019 general election is stability. One wonders if the Opposition with all efforts to unite, even if they come on one platform, can provide a stable government. Our experience with the era of coalition has not been happy. The country’s eyes are now fixed on a renewed Congress led by Priyanka and Rahul Gandhi. Doubtless, Priyanka’s entry in active politics has rejuvenated the party’s rank and file and old-timers began recalling the pristine days of the grand old party. Even though Priyanka has stark similarity with her grandmother, Indira Gandhi, will she get vote for the Congress? Unlike most of the Congress leaders, Priyanka is charismatic and has capacity to sway voters; however, it is too early to say if she can get a majority for her party.
  • RAHUL SETS UP FIVE PARTY PANELS IN MADHYA PRADESH    (15-02-2019)
    BHOPAL: Both Congress and BJP have started to prepare what may be described as infrastructure for the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. The state BJP President Rakesh Singh has removed 11 Presidents of the district committees. Those who have been removed include close confidents of former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. Some party men commenting on Rakesh Singh’s move said that Bhopal and Gwalior units were in the clutches of Chouhan and Tomar respectively and both were inactive.
  • PULWAMA TAKES SPOTLIGHT AWAY FROM RAFALE    (15-02-2019)
    Going into general elections 2019, the Modi Government has been given, albeit late in the day, an opportunity to sway voters. The withdrawal of the Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan sets the momentum. A long-standing demand from nationalists, this will go down well with the BJP base as also those on the fence.