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Writing off farm loans: Is this the way out?

Friday, 23 Jun 2017 | Rajesh Singh | in Big Story

Discontent, anger and unrest among farmers did not erupt a few weeks ago. It had been there when the UPA regime ruled; and existed since earlier than that. Whenever farmer sentiments threatened to manifest or began to manifest in politically inconvenient ways, the Government under siege applied a quick-fix method:...

Framing benevolent agri-policy

Friday, 23 Jun 2017 | Shivaji Sarkar | in Big Story

Should we not give farm loan waivers? Is it not a queer logic against political wisdom? The Uttar Pradesh Government has waived Rs36,000 crore worth loans. Now, farmers in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra are up in arms. There are forces which are trying to cash in on this. The total...

Not much to be optimistic about

Friday, 23 Jun 2017 | Pioneer | in Big Story

In recent times, it appears that the Uttar Pradesh Government has kicked off, unintentionally, a vicious cycle of loan waivers to the farmers. The Adityanath Government’s decision led the farmers from other States, such as Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and even Punjab, to come out to the streets with similar demands....

Modi's foreign policy: Realism at the core

Friday, 16 Jun 2017 | Rajesh Singh | in Big Story

The Realists are unanimous that the pursuit of national interest must be treated as the principal justification for all state action. Theorists have, nevertheless, faced problems in defining national interest. Is it the sum total of the interests of all citizens of a nation? Is it an expression of the...

Organ donation: Clearing cobwebs

Friday, 09 Jun 2017 | VIMAL BHANDARI | in Big Story

To reduce the demand-supply gap, we need intensified awareness campaigns. Just taking an oath for organ donation is not enough. People must pledge their organs and keep their families informed about their decision. Organ donation is altruistic, not a taboo Recently, a string of welcome measures has been taken to boost...

Profiteering in saving lives

Friday, 09 Jun 2017 | Archana Jyoti | in Big Story

Chennai has become the centre-stage for a flourishing organ racket that mainly targets the poor. The arrest of a Chennai-based medical representative in 2007 by Mumbai police for running an inter-State kidney racket also showed that the trade had gone global When, in November last year, Union Minister for External Affairs...

He can split a bullet. Can he split votes?

Friday, 02 Jun 2017 | Kumar Chellappan | in Big Story

Opinion is divided on whether superstar Rajinikanth should float his own political organisation and align with the BJP or join the Bharatiya Janata Party or cast his lot with an AIADMK faction. Time will tell, but his decision will change the face of Tamil Nadu’s politics Tamil Nadu is resonating with...

He will be a good neta

Friday, 02 Jun 2017 | Sathyamoorthy Govindarajan | in Big Story

It’s unfair to prejudge the superstar. He has the ability to be a successful politician It is not unusual for superstar Rajinikanth (affectionately called Rajni or Thalaiva by the legion of his fans to come out with occasional enigmatic utterances on his entry into politics. Will it be possible for him...

He must keep out of politics

Friday, 02 Jun 2017 | MG Devasahayam | in Big Story

The entire ongoing episode looks like a long-running theatre of the absurd Actor J Jayalalithaa entered politics succeeding superstar MG Ramachandran through sheer dramatics. She left the Tamil Nadu scene after almost ruining the State and shaming its citizens. Right-thinking people were hoping that the era of celluloid make-believe politics has...

What's political now? It’s Islamic jihad

Friday, 26 May 2017 | Hari Om Mahajan | in Big Story

The Indian political class did not either recognise the content and contour of the islamic jihad or was not prepared to face it and fight it. it evaded efforts to evolve conceptual constructs as an effective counter The Muslim movement in Kashmir is jihad. It is part of the campaign which...


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