Modi’s choice for Kerala Governor

By Faraz Ahmad,

After removing governors who could cause any discomfort to Narendra Modi and his authoritarian regime, Modi in collusion with his saffron fellow travellers is now set to reward those who did him and his comrades a good turn in the hour of their need.

शैतान की खाला : आईएसआईएस के तरीकों से ब्रेनवाश

[हमारे युवाओं के दिमाग को भावनात्मक तौर पर बरगलाने और हमारे धार्मिक संवादों के लैंगिक मिजाज़ पर बहस]

By अस्मा अंजुम खान,

[अरे लड़कों, मुझे मत समझाओ. लेकिन क्या हम इस ‘कोसने’ के खेल को अपना संयुक्त और सार्वजनिक खेल नहीं बना सकते? चलो...कोसो, कोसो और ख़ूब कोसो. रुको मत. और आखिर में थोड़ा और कोसो. शुक्रिया.]

यह कुछ साल पहले की घटना है.

What next after calling off talks with Pakistan?

By Z.G. Muhammad,

India and Pakistan relations are once again on rocks. It is not a new phenomenon. Sixty seven years’ graph of relations between the two even at a cursory look shows that there are only a few crests and rest all troughs- some very deep. From ab initio dispute over future of Jammu and Kashmir has been at the centre of relations between the two countries.

Talking to Caesar: Church and Modi government

By Jonhn Dayal,

The popular idiom in international human rights discourse is that there can never be a “boycott” of any one, be it governments, non-state actors, political parties, institutions or individuals. There must be a constant engagement. There must always be scope to explore channels of communication, leading possibly to dialogue. And dialogue can be an end in itself in the short and medium term, even if there is little hope of success, or even understanding in the beginning.

Business as usual?

By Faraz Ahmad,

I have always been rather poor at arithmetic and therefore generally computation of any variety. Sadly unlike Prime Minister Narendra Modi and not hailing from Gujarat, money does not flow into my blood. I can only trace my lineage to the lazy shores of Sangam in Prayagraj and therefore if I don’t understand business and economics, for no fault of mine.

Competition commission proving to be efficient regulator

By Amit Kapoor,

Citizen control and takeover by companies is often pointed out as an Achilles’ heel in any capitalist society. People with leftist leanings, too often criticize free markets, citing market failure and greed as fundamental reasons for radical activism or resort to force. Not only does this position appear weak as an argument, but also appears to us as being fundamentally flawed. The reason for that is markets in our opinion expand choices and promote economic liberty for citizens.

Purifying Your Wealth and Targeting Poverty and Inequality

By Althaf Shajahan,

Running regressions and making sense of data is my job. We were working on a sort of data analysis where we had to consider different socio-economic groups and using data on three variables, viz. household income, consumption and assets which would together measure something we may term us material well-being and compute an inequality adjusted index value for each group. As expected, Dalits, Adivasis and Muslims fared the worst. Yeah! What’s new in this? Sachar report and every possible report speak about this. Well here, the index needs to be explained. Our index measures household indicators of well. While it aggregates across all the members of the groups, it discounts for the inequality among the members. (Refer the original computations in the figure below ). While searching the data for Muslim cases, I did see observations on Muslim community members who belong to the top percentiles and quintiles of either income or wealth. It is this inequality that makes me mull over. Intra-community inequality is not the concern of the state. While it is possible for Muslims as citizens of this nation to ask for state support and schemes citing their vulnerability as much as Dalits or Adivasis are, public policy may or may not consider it. But the inbuilt poverty and inequality targeting systems needs to be looked at.

The narrative of love jihad

By Abdul Majid Zargar,

As if their vilification and demonization was not enough, Hindutva forces have now weaved a new narrative around Indian Muslim youth that they indulge in “Love Jihad”.

Plight of the minorities particularly the Muslims in the current political scenario in India

By Prof . Dr Rameeza. A. Rasheed,

After the victory of BJP in the recent Lok Sabha election all the political analysts are talking about the consolidation of the Hindu votes and fragmentation of minority votes resulting in the massive victory of the BJP . To a certain extent it is true . It is because of the congress led government’s dismal failure to control inflation, corruption and unemployment, the middle class among the Hindus decided to vote for the NDA alliance since they wanted India to become free from a non performing government . They hoped, change of regime might usher in era of change for better India . Even the secular Hindus voted for BJP this time in spite of knowing about their communal agenda thinking, in a country like India which has survived so far on secular principles, the BJP will not be able to push it’s communal agenda if they want to rule India for few decades .The youth of all religious groups thought , the BJP would accelerate growth with employment since they are projecting themselves as corporate sector’s darling and by all means achieve development .The huge flow of funds from the business class enabled the BJP to organise the most expensive and high technology poll campaign unknown in the political history of India .Their campaign managers made full use of the social media .They promised sun and moon and paradise to Indians if they are chosen to rule the nation with majority. The youth were naturally drawn towards them since, the congress which is the main national party could not compete with BJP with the organisation skill and effective poll campaign strategy .Moreover their past record in governance and serious corruption charges became big obstacles in convincing the voters .

ECB monetary policy announcement can bring back the long due FX volatility

By Vatsal Srivastava,

There are five central bank meetings next week but the European Central Bank's monetary policy announcement will be the most important catalyst for the move in the US Dollar Index and the EUR/USD. In fact, the ECB meeting will even trump the US non-farm payrolls report in terms of its impact on the EUR/USD. Currency Corner does not believe that the ECB is ready to roll out Quantitative Easing just yet, but given recent economic data particularly from Germany, the case for additional stimulus is growing.