Stagflation in sight?

Inflation figures relating to the consumer price index and wholesale price index for March have been released. The downward trend shown in inflation previously has been reversed. Wholesale inflation increased from 4.68% in February to 5.7% in March. Retail inflation increased from 8.03% to 8.31% in the same period. Vegetables and fruit experienced an inflationary surge. Wholesale inflation in manufactured goods has also gone [Full Article...]

The third gender

THE Supreme Court has taken an enlightened step by acknowledging a third gender status for transgendered citizens. The court has declared that they should be given priority in education and employment and recognized their status as economically and socially backward. The Centre has to be the mover for change. States should work out welfare schemes, create special facilities and run awareness campaigns to remove [Full Article...]

Paid news claims one more victim

Qamar Waheed Naqvi, Editorial Director of India TV has resigned in protest against a “staged interview,” with the BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Rajat Sharma’s famous programme “Aap Ki Adalat.” India TV had spruced up its team of senior journalists on the eve of the 16th Lok Sabha elections to ostensibly, “give the best and most objective coverage of the elections,” but [Full Article...]

Mamata in the hills

On the eve of the Darjeeling parliamentary poll, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took a very sensible stand. She drove home the point that she was firmly opposed to the division of the state. The Left is at one with her, the Congress is ambivalent and the BJP supports small states. Mamata Banerjee urged the people to vote for the TMC candidate, Baichung [Full Article...]

Mulayam’s brouhaha

The Samajwadi Party supremo, Mulayam Singh Yadav is not the first patriarch to come out with a blustering statement on an issue that had engaged the nation’s jurists after the December 16, 2012 Nirbhaya rape case. Nirbhaya was raped and then brutally attacked by sadists who now plead for mercy. In a society where patriarchy is so strongly embedded in the psyche of the [Full Article...]

Tension in Ukraine

THE plot thickens. The pro-NATO forces in Ukraine are not having it their own way. A counter-offensive is on. Armed pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine have turned down Kiev’s amnesty for those who seized government buildings in Ludansk and asked others to defy the pro-European government. The protestors said they would lay down their arms only if a referendum was held in their region. [Full Article...]

From firebrands to dream merchants

Under the stewardship of Mamata Banerjee, politics in West Bengal is undergoing a metamorphosis. Gone are the days when, under the rule of the Left, it was the domain of the firebrands, be they Marxists or their adversaries. The mercurial Chief Minister has ushered in the era of the dream merchants. For, the candidates’ list of ruling Trinamool Congress in the current Lok Sabha [Full Article...]

Disenchanted voter

THE low voter turnout in Wednesday’s poll for the 16th Lok Sabha election is a strong indicator that the electorate is disenchanted about elections in general and this election in particular. For Meghalaya it has been a case of too many elections. Usually the voters in urban Meghalaya turn up early to cast their votes but this time around even at 8.30 am most [Full Article...]