Demonetisation a make-or-break venture for Modi

By Amulya Ganguli

There is an element of spasmodic jerkiness about some of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's policies.

In foreign affairs, this unevenness was seen in his interactions with Pakistan, which swung from warm friendliness to hostility, raising fears of a war.

In domestic matters, the sudden outlawing of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes has caused a turmoil in all sectors of the economy, resulting in severe inconvenience to individuals and throwing trade and agricultural activity out of gear.

Has BJP scored a self goal with demonetisation?

By Mohit Dubey

Lucknow : Is Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation move turning out to be a self goal for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in poll bound Uttar Pradesh?

Even as most BJP leaders here spare no opportunity to hail the "surgical strike on black money", in private, the very same leaders are jittery of its consequences on the upcoming assembly polls.

NDA government’s step motherly treatment of Maulana Azad and his legacy

By Mohammed Tariq Azim for

The National Education Day (November 11) is observed every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the first education minister of independent India, who served from 15 August 1947 to 2 February 1958. He laid the foundation of two brilliant institutions: the Indian Institute of Technology and the other is University Grant Commission.

नोटबंदी: खामोशी से सहने वाले लोगों की तादाद इस मुल्‍क में अब भी ज्‍यादा है


देश भर में ऐसी बेचैनी, अफरा-तफरी, परेशान हाल लोग जमाने बाद एक साथ सड़कों पर दिख रहे हैं. ये किसी पार्टी के ‘बहकावे’ या ‘बुलावे’ पर घरों से नहीं निकले हैं. ये आंदोलन नहीं कर रहे हैं. वे अपनी मेहनत की कमाई को सहेजने के लिए निकले हैं. अपनी ही पूंजी को लेने भोर से शाम तक डटे हैं ताकि रोजमर्रा की जिंदगी चला सकें.

How demonetisation has hit small traders hard

By Amiya Kumar Kushwaha

New Delhi : Demonetisation has hit hard the mostly cash-based retail businesses in India, witnessing an estimated sharp plunge of 25 per cent since the government banned 500 and 1,000 rupee currency notes, according to traders.

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) - one of the largest trade associations in India, said businesses "in markets across the country has reduced to 25 per cent" since the government announced the surprise move on November 8 night.

Pink, Akira and ten years of police reform in India

By Pushkar Raj for

Pink and Akira, two recent Bollywood hit films, depict an ugly reality of the police in India. It seems much has not changed in country for the last ten years since the Supreme Court in Prakash Singh case ordered in September 2006 that the police must be made functionally autonomous and accountable by enacting new police laws.

Migrant labourers despair over currency spike

By Anand Singh

New Delhi : Dullan Mahto is a labourer from Bihar's Nawada district who used to earn Rs 300 a day, spending half of it on food. Since the demonetisation five days back, he is virtually starving.

His hands folded, the frail 59-year-old man, whose home is a pavement near the Dr Hedgewar Hospital in east Delhi, despairs that he is now getting no work.

मुक्तिबोध : कहने दो उन्हें जो यह कहते हैं - सफल जीवन बिताने में हुए असमर्थ तुम!


जब हम कश्मकश में होते हैं और सवालों के मुकाबले जवाब बहुत कम होते हैं तो साहित्य बड़ा सहारा बनते हैं. खासतौर पर जब हम जिंदगी के उस पड़ाव पर हों जब कुछ कर गुजरने की ख्वाहिशें अनंत हों और न करने के खुले और छिपे दबाव भी अनंत.

Khurram Parvez’s organisation wins Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award

By Raqib Hameed Naik,

Srinagar: Philippines-based Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) headed won the Democracy and Human Rights Award for its efforts to resolve the problem of forced disappearances in Asia, even as its Chairman, Khurram Parvez, continues to languish in the jail for almost two months.

America deserves Trump!

By Mansoor Durrani for

Never interrupt your enemy, when he is making a mistake. - Napoleon Bonaparte

Although, I had planned to write this article about 4 months back - right after the nomination of Trump as a Republican candidate but I managed to convince myself that this is only a "Republican verdict" and I should wait for the "American verdict".
Americans have now given their verdict!

Let's remember: American "greatness" stands on two pillars (1) Military Might and (2) Economic Prowess.