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Modi bring Indian economy down

It seems Indian Prime Minister Modi’s handling of his finance ministry is just as novel and subtle as the foreign ministry. Surely nobody in the BJP – contrary to positions taken in public – still believes banning some of those banknotes so suddenly was a smart idea. The market definitely doesn’t think so. The rupee, which Modi said on the …

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India’s politics of upper and lower castes

India’s politics of upper and lower castes

Whatever Uttar Pradesh elections deliver next year, the nascent poll campaign has already sprung a big surprise — mainstreaming of Brahmin grievance. As the poll wagon starts rolling in the most “bahujanized” of political landscapes,Congress is getting set to hold “Brahmin sammelans” to stoke collective community nostalgia about its heyday, a coded reference to its ‘slide’ post-Mandal-BSP. The strategy is …

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Pros & Cons of India’s GSTN

Goods and Services Tax [GST] is a broad-based, comprehensive, single indirect tax which will be levied concurrently on goods and services across India. It will replace most of the Central and State indirect taxes such as Value added Tax (VAT), Excise Duty. Service Tax, Central Sales Tax, Additional Customs Duty and Special Additional Duty of Customs. GST will be levied …

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India has turned occupied Kashmir into a battle zone

MERCIFULLY, so far India has failed to implicate Pakistan in what is happening inside the part of Kashmir that has remained under its military occupation since independence. Let’s hope the State of Pakistan is smart enough this time around to resist the temptation to meddle. It was because of this unnecessary meddling that we lost our Kashmir case in the …

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Indian Hindu extremist militant wing RSS in Kashmir?

Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS) has announced that it will hold a public rally in Srinagar somewhere in the middle of this year. It has already held a full public parade in Jammu on 22nd October 2015 flaunting arms & weapons in full public view. There should be no cringing about it as our own so-called mainstream politicians, acting more …

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Can Modi survive the coming state elections?

The political sweepstakes in the April-May assembly polls in West Bengal, Kerala, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry could be encapsulated in two words: survival and redemption.  Hitting a low in 2015 after a dream run the previous year, the BJP is looking to redeem itself. The Congress, ousted from power at the Centre and in four major states in 2014, …

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Pakistan and India conflict: any solutions?

Although it’s commonly believed that Kashmir remains an intractable problem for both India and Pakistan, Saeed Ahmed Rid isn’t so sure. Impediments to solving the problem certainly exist, including Hindutva hardliners in India and jihadist networks in Pakistan, but there are options available to keep the peace process alive. There is a common perception that Kashmir is an intractable conflict …

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Can Modi actually seize the new opportunities arising

Background A recent report appears to show that there has been a sea change in the Indian populace’s thinking about having large families. For the first time, the number of Indian families with two or less children outnumber those with more. An analysis of the 2011 Census data that was recently released indicates that 54 per cent of married women …

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India rejects visas for US religious freedom body

India rejects visas for US religious freedom body

India has denied visas for a delegation from the US government agency charged with monitoring international religious freedom, the agency said on Thursday. The delegation from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom had been scheduled to leave for India on Friday for a long-planned visit with the support of the US State Department and the US embassy in New …

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India you are either Modi supporter or traitor

Will I be called anti national, Mr. Prime Minister, for expressing my dissent against your government? The Indian government is at war with college campus activists across the country. Ever since Narendra Modi became the prime minister of the country almost two years ago, his government has launched a concerted attempt to stifle liberal voices in the country. His main …

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