March 2016

If there is one thing one must acknowledge about Twitter, it is that it brings to the fore the pulse (read sentiment) of urban masses. #Dr.Pankajlynched and #JusticeforDr.Pankaj were top trends a couple of days ago with tweets crossing 150K in numbers!

Here is what had happened:

We all know how the power of the binary system has shaped the fourth Industrial Revolution – Digital, with the series of 0’s and 1’s defining the lives, occupations and thinking of billions worldwide.In a socio-political context too, binaries play a pivotal role, with each SEC (socio-economic class) primarily shaped by what they are, however their political mobilization or milking is done by wi

Many of my colleagues at work have a limited understanding of India’s political scene. I was like them until about a year ago. Then, Twitter happened and I fell down the rabbit hole into the fold of Right Winger. I’ve soaked up a lot through this experience. This piece is my attempt at sharing these (subaltern!) readings along with a few tips.

1. Set your agenda

One of the recent probes in the 21st century is the question of centrality of the concept called ‘Nation-State’ in the debates of nationalism, self-determination and the resultant anarchical violence. The rhetoric seems unending and un-resolving; sometimes academic debates themselves end in ferocity.

A Few days back in the India Today Conclave Dattatreya Hosabale, the Joint General Secretary of the RSS said that “I don’t think homosexuality should be considered a criminal offence as long as it does not affect the lives of others in society”. Hosabale said, “Sexual preferences are private and personal. Why should RSS express its views in a public forum?

A lot of noise is made by the mainstream media editors in India about freedom of expression. Every now and then we find editorials & opinions attacking the powers to be for suppression of freedom of expression. But do most of these editors really believe in freedom of expression? The answer, sadly and unequivocally, is a “No”.

The defeat of the Left Front Government exactly five years back in 2011 was considered to be a game changer for Bengal. Alas! The last five years have witnessed further deterioration of the state in all sectors. Unemployment has increased with each passing day; investors haven't found a single reason to invest here and high pitch Muslim appeasing tone has become the state anthem.

USCIRF is in the news of late since India has denied VISA to its officials for a six-day investigation about the state of religious freedom. The United States Commission of International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) in its annual report for the year 2015 placed India in a spiteful tier 2 category along with nine other countries.

Striking a deal with Pakistan (“the host of Osama Bin Laden”) and thereby selling F-16’s to it is equivalent to scratching the deep and unhealed wounds of all NATO and Afghan soldiers and civilians who have devoted their entire lives fighting Pakistan sponsored terrorists.

While many of us would think that the violent Separatist Movement in Kashmir is the direst threat to our National security Government of India has identified Maoism inspired Naxalism as the most significant security challenge.

Indian Railways is one of the largest enterprise run and owned by the government that functions under Ministry of Railways. In this article we try to understand the progress made in the Indian railways under the railway minister Mr. Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu. Before going into the details let us understand the history of Indian railways.

As yet another series of orchestrated bomb attacks ripped apart Brussels, the functional capital of European Union, the colossal terror network seems to have strengthened its footprint across the globe.

The imminent demise of communism as an ideology and CPI (M) as a political entity in Kerala has frustrated its followers. They are running amok threatening and attacking political opponents. Last week, a pack of CPI (M) hit men attacked a demonstration by BJP in Thiruvananthapuram. 43 people were injured including ex-state president of BJP, V Muraleedharan and three others grievously hurt.

The Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI), in the Pacific Ocean with a population of 70,000 is creating ripples in what is deemed to be a David vs Goliath challenge.

Overview: The global economic dynamics portends subdued economic growth; elevated public and private debt levels and associated risks; low energy and commodity prices; changing nature of global trade; challenging investment environment; and heightened anxiety and perceived economic insecurity among the population around world.

It's been two days and cricket fans all around the world are not yet over Virat Kohli’s magnificent knock against Australia in a must win match of World T20. It was like a quarter final with either facing elimination from the World T20 in case of a loss.

Every political analyst worth his salt in India, irrespective of whichever side of the political spectrum he stands on, will tell you that the 2014 Lok Sabha election was a game changer in many ways. It rewrote the electoral rules in India.

The recent disclosure of the belongings of Gumnami Baba of Faizabad has sparked the old debate whether Gumnami Baba aka Bhagwanji was Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose or not. Incidentally on 19th September, 1985 a body wrapped in tri colour was moved out of Ram Bhawan and cremation was completed on the banks of Saryu at the Guptar ghat. Only 13 people including Dr. RP Mishra, Dr.