Maya Kodnani, 2002 Riot Accused Gets Bail

The state of Gujarat has been in the forefront of media attention since the time when the state’s former Chief […]

Politicians And Biographies: Claim To Unveil The Truth?

This is evident in the fact that the chairperson of the previous ruling coalition, the United Progressive Alliance (UPA), Ms. Sonia Gandhi never gave a media interview for ten years. All we had in the name of public engagement were the votaries of the party and a bunch of spokespersons who would deliver the same pre rehearsed sections every evening. It is no wonder then, that with such lack of transparency that the entire administration was enshrouded in such mystery. No one in the general public knew how things functioned in the Lutyens’ Delhi.

Russia To Face Sanctions: A Second Cold War?

As the crisis in Europe continues, the situation only seems to be getting worse. In a fresh round of developments, it has been reported that the president of the United States of America, Barack Obama has joined hands with the European Union (EU) and imposed new sanctions on Russia. This will include an arms embargo and blockage of Russia’s finance and energy sector.

AAP’s Satirical Take On Acche Din Goes Viral

The AAP seems to have learned that the best way to be heard in the parliament is through satirical poems. The party’s Member of Parliament (MP), Bhagwant Mann, has poked the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in possibly the most poetic manner. His short poem on “acche din” (good days) has gone viral on YouTube, Twitter, and other social media sites.

Shiv Sena: Where Does One Draw The Line?

Shiv Sena, which is mostly active in Maharashtra, is popularly known across the country for its radical rightist stand with respect to social and political issues. Many a times, we have heard of the group taking tough stands on social issues and even engaging in moral policing across Maharashtra. They have been in the news for beating fellow Indians, damaging public property, and intimidating police officers. They have also gone as far as to beat up women.

Who Should Form The Government In Delhi?

Heavy speculations about Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ready to form the government in Delhi has been doing the rounds lately, making it seem like the party is unwilling to face fresh elections. Having won the Lok Sabha elections with absolute majority, the BJP would not take any chance to embarrass themselves in the Delhi Assembly and would do anything to protect their hard earned image at the centre. With mixed reactions about the Budget and recent criticisms about the government’s inability to tackle inflation, the party cannot afford a huge defeat in Delhi.

Bill Clinton Impressed With Modi’s Economic Policy

It was Clinton’s third visit to Jaipur where he went to see the functioning of a kitchen run by Akshay Patra, an NGO which serves nearly one lakh fifty thousand people every day out of which one lakh twenty five thousand are students from eleven hundred schools that come under government’s mid-day meal scheme. Clinton himself also served chapatis (Indian bread) to children.

Better Days Ahead For Afghanistan?

The American Secretary of State, John Kerry, brokered an agreement between the competing Presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, to decide the formation of the government after an audit of the votes. The move ensures the authenticity of the voting result as well as strikes a friendly compromise between the two candidates and their supporters to extend peace. According to the agreement, the winner takes on the position of President and the runners up as the ‘Chief Executive’ of the government after the audit.

BRICS Bank: New Landscape Of Global Funding System

The BRICS Development Bank which will change the landscape of international funding is undoubtedly going to increase the credibility of its member states. This Development Bank is to be set up in Shanghai. The Bank will keep a hundred billion US Dollar fund as currency reserve fund to rescue the member states during times of balance of payments crisis. The initial capital however is going to be of fifty billion US Dollars. India will be bestowed with the responsibility to name the first President of the Development Bank, while Russia and Brazil will name the bank’s other top officials.

Yet Another Step Towards Politicization of Education?

Romilla Thapar, a well-known Marxist historian, wrote an essay on the unsuitability of Professor Rao for the position. She pointed out the lack of a minimum level of research that has gained credibility in the community of Indian scholars. Similar arguments were made by other historians like Ramchandra Guha and Irfan S. Habib, both of whom are highly regarded by other historians as well as people of India. The only reason, then, remains to be his ideological leaning towards the Hindutva right for his appointment as the new Chairperson.

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