Why both love and Jihad are misinterpreted by Saffronised Indians?

By Shadab Ahmad Moizee,

Kabhi masjid pe ja baithe Kabhi mandir pe ja baithe
Parindon me yaha firqa parasti kyu nahi aati….

This poetic verse expresses the freedom of birds, but in 21st century love birds need to define their love according to self-confessed contractors of religion.

SAI, not federations, raises Incheon hopes

By Veturi Srivatsa,

If Sports Authority of India (SAI) director general Jiji Thomson confidently says India will win 70-75 medals at the Incheon Asian Games, one has to take the figure seriously. Normally, it is the national sports federations that make tall claims about their chances, not the sports ministry or any of its agencies.


India crisis of competitiveness

By Amit Kapoor,

The title of this article draws from a section in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report 2014-15 that looks at the reasons for India’s Lucifer like fall from 48 in 2007-08 to 71. It is the worst rank in the BRICS economies (Brazil-57th, Russian Federation-53rd, China-28th, South Africa-56th). Last year, one of the authors of this piece had written an article in which he talked about India being at a stage where there is the clear and present danger of losing its competitiveness. India's fall is despite the fact that the number of economies in this year’s ranking (144 countries) is lesser than last year’s 148 countries considered for the report.

BJP’s defeat is seldom analyzed deeply

By Soroor Ahmed,,

When the Bharatiya Janata Party performed badly in the August 21 by-polls in Bihar––it could win only four out of 10 seats––it was attributed to the coming together of RJD, JD(U) and Congress. But how will the BJP explain losing three out of nine seats in prime minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat, three out of four in Rajasthan and eight out of 11 in Uttar Pradesh. After all the BJP-led alliance had won 124 out of 131 Lok Sabha seats in these three states in the parliamentary election held in May 2014.

Modi-Xi play date may open a new set of opportunities

By Saroj Mohanty,

As visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi prepare to hold summit talks Thursday, there is much anticipation that the two Asian neighbours may move in a new direction, away from historical mistrust and latent geopolitical rivalry.

उपचुनाव के नतीजे और सच का सामना

By सिद्धान्त मोहन,,

‘अच्छे दिनों’ का बयाना लेकर आई भारतीय जनता पार्टी ने शायद सोचा भी नहीं था कि लोकसभा चुनाव में मिली इतनी करारी जीत के बाद उपचुनावों में लगभग उतनी ही करारी हार का सामना करना पड़ेगा. दस राज्यों में तीन लोकसभा और 33 विधानसभा सीटों पर हुए उपचुनाव के नतीजे सामने आ चुके हैं. इस उपचुनाव को बतौर प्रधानमंत्री, नरेन्द्र मोदी के इम्तिहान के तौर पर देखा जा रहा था. ऐसा इसलिए क्योंकि लोकसभा चुनाव में इतनी जबरदस्त जीत दर्ज करने के बाद भाजपा को उम्मीद थी कि प्रधानमंत्री की ‘करिश्माई ताकत’ की बदौलत वह इन चुनावों में कुछ कमाल कर दिखाएगी, लेकिन मौजूदा परिणाम कुछ और ही कहानी बयां कर रहे हैं.

Hawkish Yellen is what the Indian equity market needs

By Vatsal Srivatava,

On equity strategy, Currency Corner has maintained that we have reached a point where the risk-off move of the previous years (a slightly upbeat hawkish Fed leading to a fall in stock prices) is now working in just the opposite manner. As of today, the market will only rally further if Fed chief Janet Yellen talks about the first rate hike after the commencement of QE in October. Any talk about the weak labour market recovery and lack of clarity about the time gap between the first rate hike and the end of the QE taper (this was 6 months earlier)would just imply a lack of a clear exit strategy.


Xi visit brings new opportunities amid old challenges

By Vijay Kranti,

Irrespective of the final outcome of Chinese President Xi Jinping's maiden visit to India, it surely marks a unique and qualitative change in the India-China relations. Hitherto, this relationship has been known more for its vocal than the real, vital content.

Can Assam push BJP's northeastward thrust?

By Subir Bhaumik,

From Mamata Banerji in West Bengal to Manik Sarkar in Tripura, not to speak of Assam's hat-trick Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, a host of regional chieftains are under fire in the east and the northeast. This could make the BJP's task of penetrating the region much easier than what many would imagine.

Xi visit to India: Symbolism should not score over substance

By Saurabh Kumar,

The focus of the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping later this week should be on tangibles - on mutually beneficial diversification and intensification of economic and cultural ties, tapping of all possible complementarities through imaginative arrangements and programmes. Not on political documentation, which there is a surfeit of already.