Bond market's take on Indian election outcome

By Vatsal Srivastava,

As the world's largest democracy braces itself for the results of the ongoing general elections, due May 16, Indian equities already seem to be pricing in the verdict of the nation's 1.3 billion people. This, on expectations that Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate of the main opposition party, the BJP, will head the next federal government.

Dalit politics beyond BSP

By Vanya Mehta,,

In Maharashtra, the galvanization of political power on the basis of empowerment of scheduled castes has taken a backseat due to fractionalization. Though this is a well known phenomena, the BSP is attempting to capitalize on the failure of other Dalit-issue-based parties like the Republican Party of India(RPI), a product of the Scheduled Castes Federation founded by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, which is now in shambles with over 50 different splintered groups.

Securing your future with best-suited insurance policy

By Rajesh Sud,

What is the best way to save for one's future? For any kind of financial strategy, it is important to consider carefully what works best for your own needs and goals. Thus begins your hunt for a financial tool that offers the most competitive return and stability.


Stakes for Elections 2014: Secularism or Democracy

By Mazher Hussain,

Finally we seem to have succeeded in dividing India, a country of a billion plus, into just two groups. Both groups claim to be secular. The only difference is that while one group accuses the other of being communal, the other brands the first group of being pseudo secular.

Mulayam no hero for Mainpuri's young

By Puja Awasthi,

Mainpuri (Uttar Pradesh): Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav is no longer a hero for the young in Mainpuri, the constituency which sent him to parliament thrice.

Naziya Parveen, 25, a primary school teacher in Bhongaon, told IANS: "Mulayam is definitely not a hero for us."

Ironically, Yadav's falling reputation among the young stems from acts aimed at helping them.

In 1991, the state's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government had pushed through a law that made cheating a non-bailable offence.

Resurrecting Sanjay Gandhi and his politics of hooliganism

By Vidya Bhushan Rawat,

As media reaches the conclusion about the outcome of the general elections the Sangh Parivar and its excited ‘chhutbhaiyyas’ are competing each other in speak loud and threatening the opponents. One important thing the modern day politics teach us is that those who ride on the chariot of hype are dumped mercilessly by the same forces who are responsible for their rise. The example of Arvind Kejriwal is a pointer as how he was created by media as an alternative and how he has been dumped by the same media because at the moment media magnets and their ‘loudspeakers’ are anointing Narendra Modi as the future of India.

Modi should make his stand clear on Togadia

By S. Aziz Haider, Real News International,

Not long ago, a famous actor from Mumbai, belonging to the Minority community, stated that it was difficult for a Muslim in Mumbai to get a house on rent. Nobody complained against him. But the police took suo-motto action for disturbing communal harmony and lodged an FIR against the actor.

Governance over democracy?

By Dr Mohammad Manzoor Alam

Whatever the result of this Lok Sabha election, this much is sure that the country has finally reached a watershed where established democratic procedures are openly being rejected in favour of a business administration model of governance, which is not in evidence anywhere else in the democratic world.

Why China may go for a larger stimulus package

By Vatsal Srivastava,

The market was relieved on April 15 when China’s first quarter GDP reading came in as expected at 7.4 percent year-over-year. However, these headline readings have far from bottomed out and economists expect a further slippage in GDP readings to about 6.8-7 percent in the medium-term.


Opinions aren't dangerous in a democracy

By Amit Kapoor,

A democracy's very resilience stems from the fact that you can celebrate opinions you don’t agree with. This clearly highlights the value of diversity - to be willing to accept ideas that one doesn’t necessarily agree with.

What must be emphasized is that the real value of opinion is the absolute right to be wrong and be wrong without fear and where there is no vindictiveness or its threat doesn’t exist.