Love Thy Neighbor: Nawaz Sharif’s Visit to India

By Ram Puniyani,

India Pakistan relations have always been mired with in various controversies, which have been preventing the friendly relations with our neighbor, who in ‘popular perception’ is seen as an enemy. It is due to this that while all the members of SAARC countries have been invited, the one to draw maximum popular attention has been the coming of Nawaz Sharif, the Prime Minister of Pakistan. In a deft move India’s the then Prime Minister designate sent an invite to all the heads of SAARC countries for his swearing in ceremony, (16 May 2014)which was held with great pomp and show.

India's creative class evolves

By Amit Kapoor,

According to a leading economist and social scientist Richard Florida, the creative class is the key driving force for economic development. It’s the class of workers who engage in problem finding and problem solving at various levels of our society. This creative class could be from any background - scientists, engineers, university professors, poets and architects. It also includes people in design, education, arts, music and entertainment whose economic function is to create new ideas, new technology and creative content. Another section of the creative class includes positions that are knowledge intensive; these usually require a high degree of formal education. Examples of workers in this sector are health professionals and business managers, who are considered part of the sub-group called creative professionals.

Currency Corner: Indian equities should remain uptrend despite Iraq oil crisis

By Vatsal Srivastava,

Militant insurgency and violence in Iraq have put the brakes on the great Indian rally. Investors are weighing in the potential impact of higher energy prices as the possibility of a supply disruption from the world's sixth biggest oil exporter is priced in global oil benchmarks. Both WTI crude and Brent crude are trading at 10 month highs with the spread between these two benchmarks having widened to $7 per barrel. India is the world's fourth largest importer of oil and imports nearly 75 percent of its demand.


India’s Defense Preparedness on Top Gear

By Syed Ali Mujtaba,

Prime Minister Narendra Modi became the first leader to sail on INS Vikramaditya and dedicate it to the nation. During his planned tour in mid June, Prime Minister sailed for few hours on board of the giant warship and saw its capabilities.

Need for institutional framework for appointing governors

By Parmod Kumar,

The Narendra Modi government - like any other new dispensation - is offloading the bureaucrats who had served under the Congress led UPA-II and has reportedly asked some governors and other political appointees occupying constitutional positions to step down. Shunting out babudom is not a problem as their positing is at the discretion of the government but a problem has arisen as eight governors are resisting calls to voluntarily quit.

Communal Ataacks on Muslims of Pune : Fact Finding Committee Report

Report released on June 20th, 2014

This fact finding exercise was coordinated by National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations (NCHRO). Human right activists from different regions of India participated in this inquiry. They are,

Judiciary should not be a "Holy Cow"

By Ravichandran Chakkiliyan,,

On May 12TH, 2014 Dalit Stree Shakti, an organization based in Hyderabad fighting against violence on dalit women organized a seminar on "Judiciary and its Functioning" in the memory of Lakshmipeta dalits, a place in Srikakulam where 7 dalits were beaten to death by Thoorupu Kapu (men/women) (Backward Caste) in 2012. The Meeting was organized in Ravindra Bharati, Lakdikapool, Hyderabad.

Modi must re-engage, shape historic changes in West Asia

By Saeed Naqvi,

"Jup raha hai aaj maala ek Hindu ki, Arab Barhaman zaade mein shaan e dilbari, aisi tau ho Hikmat e Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru ki, kasam Mar mitey Islam jispey kafiri aisi to ho." (Arabs are chanting the name of a Hindu, Just look at the heart winning prince among Brahmins, Behold the statesmanship of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, World of Islam lies at the feet of this non believer, free of sins.)

New trend in jewellery industry attracting Muslim consumers

By Ziaulla Nomani,

India is the world's second largest single consumer of gold after China. The consumption of gold in India is about 50% in jewelry, 40% in investments, and 10% in industry.

Modi government's HRD agenda a breath of fresh air

By Harivansh Chaturvedi,

The Narendra Modi government's focus on human resource development (HRD), a slew of directional measures and announcements to improve access to education, enhance quality of delivery and spur innovation in science and technology, is a breath of fresh air.