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Army chief's glib talk
The series of remarks on Kashmir, Pak, China are both political in nature and provocative
In his new year eve message to his soldiers, Army Chief, Bipin Rawat called for strengthening the core values of the Indian army and ensuring that it remain apolitical. In the following days, the glib talking army chief did just the opposite in his bouts of trigger-happy and war frenzied moments. He not only made provocative statements, hitting out at Kashmiris, Pakistan and even China, he digressed from his brief to speak about policy decisions. From speaking about radicalization of schools in Kashmir to calling Pakistan's nuclear deterrence a bluff to warning China, he has stirred a mixed potpourri of confusing and ambiguous statements, evoking provocation from all sides. While he almost suggested an all out war with Pakistan, averring that Pakistan's nuclear weapons were a mere bluff a...
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Crisis in judiciary
Judges' revolt is an eye-opener and wisdom lies in not smelling politics but in initiating reform to stem the real rot
The crisis that the Indian judiciary is caught in with four senior judges of the apex court coming out openly against the arbitrary decisions by the Chief Justice of India is a matter of grave concern. It is unprecedented and this display of fragmentation weakens the credibility of an institution vital to the strength of democracy. The senior judges, one of whom is tipped to be the next Chief Justice of India, have taken the unprecedented step of going public with their grievances against the present chief justice. It indeed sets a wrong example, paving way for a future of anarchical behavior in the judiciary. But jumping to such a conclusion amounts to the inability to see the problem by simply skimming through the surface. The reasons that compelled them to make public their grievance a...
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Air India’s privatisation
The central government decision to allow 49 percent foreign stake in Air India sets the stage for its privatization
The recent decision of the NDA-government approving a series of changes in the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) norms including selling the stake in the largest public carrier Air India may not go down well with the stakeholders. It may also not go down well with the employees of the Air India and the policies of the socialist pattern that has been followed in the previous years. The decision to also allow 100 percent FDI in the retail sector is also likely to take off the protectionism that was in place keeping in view the interests of the small traders and businessmen in the country. With these decisions, the NDA-government is entering the last lap of its economic policy setting phase ahead of the 2019 general elections. It is a matter of concern that one of the key decisions to allow 49...
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Inspiring and not-so inspiring stories amidst the climate of insecurity
By Anuradha Bhasin Jamwal
Despite the unending nightmare, both physical and psychological, that she has had to go through since she lost her eye-sight due to pellet injuries, 16-year old Insha Mushtaq has not only managed to continue her studies in Braille but also last week passed her matriculation examination with distinction. About a year and half ago, she became the defining symbol of the state repression and vicious cycle of violence in the Valley. She has channelised that victimhood into an agency of her own with a firm resolve to continue her studies come what may. Ghalib Guru, son of Afzal Guru, the man whose execution is yet another symbol of tyranny and injustice for Kashmiris, cleared his Class 12th examination with distinction and proudly announced his will to pursue his father's wish of him becoming a...
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Sops in J&K budget
With eye on Panchayat and Local Bodies elections, the budgetary proposals appear to be populist in nature
By all accounts, the budgetary proposals presently in the both Houses of J&K legislature for the next financial year appear to be populist with claims of the Finance Minister Dr Haseeb Drabu that the state economy has really taken off. This is mainly for the reason that the PDP-BJP coalition is eyeing the forthcoming elections to Panchayat and Urban Local Bodies scheduled to take off by the middle of next month. The Rs 80,313-crore budget with a mere deficit of Rs 3000 crore with no fresh taxes on many items including those covered under luxury category is a repeat of the feats in the borrowing state instead of depending on its own resources for all purposes including the welfare of the people. In fact, the finance minister has gone to the extent of abolishing toll tax on many items which...
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H-1B Visa heartache
The fears of Indian workers being deported from the US over H-1B visa may be deferred for the years to come
The changing discourse by the United States' H-1B visa has for many decades been a source of nail-biting tensions in India and for Indians working in mainly the Information Technology (IT) industry. There has been a change in the thought process of the politicians in the US after every four years whenever the presidential elections have taken place on the pretext of protection of jobs opportunities for the US citizens as a priority. The slowdown in the economy all over the world and rising unemployment in the US has forced a change in the discourse of politicians during this period. The visa fees for the emigrants and Indian workers in the US have been hiked to discourage hiring of workers from abroad. Though this has been a continuous process in the US, the increase in demand for trained...
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Not justice but political
The Triple Talaq bill is ambiguous, misleading, unfair and betrays BJP's political design by raising selective concern
By bringing in a law on Triple Talaq, the Narendra Modi led BJP government has tried to project itself as a messiah of Muslim women and tried to build as euphoric and misplaced opinion by bracketing the law within the paradigm of 'humanity' and not justice. Modi during his Gujarat campaign had declared that banning Triple Talaq is not a political question, but a matter of bringing justice to Muslim women and that his government would soon enact a law criminalising Triple Talaq. The bill is unjustified. It does not deal with a societal problem at the receiving end of which are Muslim women but criminalises instant Triple Talaq, which has already been struck down by the Supreme Court. Neither does it ensure gender justice as is being proclaimed. Rather it props up ambiguities and puts women...
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