IPA Special

Arun Jaitley’s zero-sum game

K Raveendran Indians gave the zero to the world. Indian sages understood zero to mean absolute nothingness as well as its potential for infinite power. For them, the zero was not just an entity in the place value system, it had a philosophical connotation. The quintessential Indian spirituality saw...

Feb 5 · >

Confusion Over New Health Protection Scheme

By Nantoo Banerjee   Is the government really serious about the newly proposed insurance-backed national health protection scheme (NHPS) in the budget? Probably not. It may protect insurance firms and private healthcare outfits, but not the common man’s health. Only public hospitals, well-equipped public medical centres, dedicated physicians and...

Feb 5 · >

A Damp Squib Budget That Is Neither Prudent Nor Populist

By G. Srinivasan   The interminable debate over the final full-fledged General Budget of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) headed by Narendra Modi apart, the 2018-19 budget belied the credo of the Modi government as market-friendly and growth-focused. This is palpably obvious as the feisty Finance Minister Arun Jaitley,...

Feb 5 · >

Supreme Court Upholds Daughter’s Property Rights

In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court has upheld the right of daughters to be entitled to equal shares in the ancestral property as the sons, including those daughters who were born before 17th June, 1956 when the Hindu Succession Act, 1956 came into force. The case pertained to...

Feb 5 · >

Left Should Work For Three Stage Unity Of Opposition

By Nitya Chakraborty   The stage is set for the next Lok Sabha elections in India within 2018. The way the country’s economic and political situation is developing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi cannot take the risk of waiting till the scheduled period of April/May 2019 for holding the Lok...

Feb 5 · >

Confusion Over New Health Protection Scheme

By Nantoo Banerjee   Is the government really serious about the newly proposed insurance-backed national health protection scheme (NHPS) in the budget? Probably not. It may protect insurance firms and private healthcare outfits, but not the common man’s health. Only public hospitals, well-equipped public medical centres, dedicated physicians and...

Feb 5 · >

Akhilesh May Come To Rajya Sabha

By Rahil Nora Chopra   Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav may enter Rajya Sabha as the party’s nominee when elections are held to the Upper House in April. Six senior Rajya Sabha MPs belonging to the party are retiring in April. Prominent among them include party Vice President Kironmony...

Feb 1 · >

Kasganj Violence: Yogi Govt Fails To Act Decisively

By Pradeep Kapoor   LUCKNOW: Communal violence in Kasganj area, which is only 100kms away from New Delhi, is continuing. This clearly shows a lack of will on the part of administration of the Yogi government. Daily shops are being set on fire, vehicles damaged and even religious places...

Feb 1 · >

BOTH INDIA AND PAKISTAN HAVE RAPE CAPITALS

By Aditya Aamir   The rape of an eight-month-old baby in Delhi by her 27-year-old cousin was picked up by Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper within minutes of it being reported in India. And the outrage in India was matched by the outrage expressed in Dawn if only because it gave...

Feb 1 · >

Modi Pushes Globalization Overseas And Protectionism At Home

By Subrata Majumder   Prime Minister Narendra Modi placed himself in a paradoxical situation in the World Economic Forum at Davos. While he was assertive for protection of globalisation in the summit, he is toeing protectionism at home with the hope that it will give fresh life to the...

Feb 1 · >