IPA Special

India Was Fully Prepared For War With Pakistan On December 3, 1971

By Nitya Chakraborty ‘Gentlemen, I am late because we are at war. Pakistan has attacked India on the western front and we have retaliated. We are officially at war now’. That was what the Information & Broadcasting Secretary of the Government of India R C Dutt, belonging to ICS,...

Dec 4 · >

Covid Response Needs Scaling Up To Meet Omicron Challenge

By Dr. Gyan Pathak Though COVID-19 is almost under control in India, the emergence of Omicron variant should be considered as early warning for the challenges ahead. Gearing up for the Omicron challenge must also include scaling up of health infrastructure for making the country fully prepared for any...

Dec 4 · >

Factors That May Have Prompted Unexplained LNG Price Hike

By K Raveendran Neither the government nor the gas companies have explained why the LPG prices for commercial cylinders have been increased, a decision that has caused widespread concern on its effect on the slowly recovering economy. Both seem to believe that they don’t owe an explanation anyway as...

Dec 4 · >

Omicron’s Love Of Children Is Worrisome

By Sushil Kutty The “highly transmissible” Omicron doesn’t spare even children under age 5, said a top medical officer of South Africa. Omicron has been ripping across the African country like it was in a hurry to cross the Atlantic. The Delta variants hadn’t shown any interest in children....

Dec 4 · >

British Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn Extends Solidarity To Lula

By Satyaki Chakraborty British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has extended his support to the Workers Party leader of Brazil former president Lula against the right wing president Jair Bolsonaro in the 2022 presidential elections in the country. Addressing the Latin America Conference on Friday, he said that Latin...

Dec 4 · >

From Elected Autocracy To Fascist Dictatorship

By D Raja “Democracies may die at the hands not of generals but of elected leaders—presidents or prime ministers — who subvert the very process that brought them to power. Some of these leaders dismantle democracy quickly, as Hitler did in the wake of the 1933 Reichstag fire in...

Dec 3 · >

Now Stiff Opposition For Modi’s Bank Privatisation

By Dr. Gyan Pathak Modi’s moves to privatise public sector banks have now met with stiff opposition by bank employees and officers. The Union government has labelled it as much-needed banking reforms, while agitators sense some foul play just to hand over the public sector banks to “crony capitalists”....

Dec 3 · >

MGNREGS Allocation By Narendra Modi Government Is Woefully Inadequate

By Prabhat Patnaik The MGNREGS was introduced by the UPA-I government despite opposition from the neo-liberal lobby within it, owing inter alia to the active intervention of the Left which was supporting that government from outside. It was restrictive from the beginning: it promised a maximum of only 100...

Dec 3 · >

Samajwadi Party Poll Campaign In Uttar Pradesh Unnerves BJP High Command

By Sushil Kutty Fear is eating into the Bharatiya Janata Party that the dark-horse Congress could come from nowhere to upset the BJP’s applecart in Uttar Pradesh. Partly because Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the tip of the Congress thrust, is still an unknown quantity even if she’s a highly recognizable...

Dec 3 · >