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India holds primacy over Kashmir

Friday, 26 Aug 2016 | Sandeep Bamzai | in Disequilibrium

The Jammu & Kashmir Constituent Assembly, set up through a democratic election witnessed by international observers, had voted for Kashmir's accession to India. No plebiscite was needed as the people's representatives had spoken In a strange melange of violent and hot-headed adrenaline rush, the only immutable strategy in Kashmir presently is...

Simmering war engulfs CBEC

Friday, 12 Aug 2016 | Sandeep Bamzai | in Disequilibrium

The Goods and Services Tax council which will be appointed, will look for help from the Central Board of Excise and Customs, one which is not a house divided as is evident from the legal cell's battle with the rest of the crew Even as States start circling the drain on...

Kashmir: A bridge too for BJP

Friday, 05 Aug 2016 | Sandeep Bamzai | in Disequilibrium

It is a given that India has to be wary of the prevailing environment for not only is it fighting Pakistani insurgency and active indoctrination, but it has to walk the tightrope with soft separatism being peddled by Mehbooba Mufti That Kashmir needs an anodyne urgently is a gross understatement. It...

End the myth-making on Kashmir

Friday, 29 Jul 2016 | Sandeep Bamzai | in Disequilibrium

Lord Mountbatten’s confidential aide memoire dated February 25, 1948 offers definitive answers on the legal, moral and constitutional sanctity of Kashmir's accession to India, which still remains shrouded in controversy for many It is too early to say whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s West Asia and North Africa outreach is...

Dismantling cricket zamindari

Friday, 22 Jul 2016 | Sandeep Bamzai | in Disequilibrium

Problems for the BCCI started the day it commercialised the game and began earning profits through its wholly-owned subsidiary, the Indian Premier League. When greed gets greedier, it attracts envy and that’s what happened to the IPL Cronyism has found one more victim. The Indian cricket board’s cumulative sins, like chickens,...

The metamorphosis of Mehbooba

Friday, 15 Jul 2016 | Sandeep Bamzai | in Disequilibrium

The militant mainstream politician who once wept at slain terrorists' homes, seems to have transformed into a mature statesman, espousing nationalism and fulminating against separatists for hijacking the brutalised psyches of the youth There are obviously two Mehbooba Muftis. The militant mainstream politician practising soft separatism who wept and consoled at...

Green crescent threat to India

Friday, 08 Jul 2016 | Sandeep Bamzai | in Disequilibrium

Recent events in Bangladesh indicate that a favourable political dispensation in Dhaka isn’t enough to insulate India from jihadi terror. India is now wedged between a toxic ideological Pakistan and an increasingly subversive Bangladesh The ‘green crescent’ on the map of Asia, which begins directly from under the Black Sea and...

Removing barriers to open skies

Friday, 24 Jun 2016 | Sandeep Bamzai | in Disequilibrium

The aviation industry will benefit greatly from the abolition of the 5/20 rule, which will allow new airlines to fly profitable routes abroad, and the further opening of the Indian market to foreign direct investment, which will benefit old airlines Two big-ticket decisions in rapid succession for the aviation sector means...

Rexit, playing at theatre near you

Friday, 17 Jun 2016 | Sandeep Bamzai | in Disequilibrium

If ‘Rajan's exit’, a play on Brexit, happens, it will be because the RBI Governor chose not to carry on, hurt at the slander campaign against him. Still, it’ll be a pity if someone like him has to leave in the circumstances created for his departure For the understated Raghuram Rajan,...

Soft underbelly of sexy business

Friday, 10 Jun 2016 | Sandeep Bamzai | in Disequilibrium

Mergers and acquisitions, one of the sexiest things in business, are also fraught with risk. After years of furious expansion including leveraged buyouts of cheap foreign assets, India Inc is now slowing down and shaking off its large bank debts Cause, pause and effect holds good for contemporary India Inc. After...


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