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Still fighting the caste menace

  Untouchability thrives in India By Praful It’s fashionable in some circles to claim that discrimination based on caste has steadily decreased in India, as it’s bound to, thanks to modernisation, urbanisation and industrialisation. The character of caste is itself changing from a system of social hierarchy based on birth and ritual purity, to a political phenomenon. As India evolves into a “merit-based” society, [Full Article...]

Orthodox Sangh Parivar throttles Democracy

  By Amulya Ganguli The Jan Sangh-BJP has always had a token Muslim in its ranks to counter the belief that it is purely a party of the Hindus, just as Mohammed Ali Jinnah included a scheduled caste member, Jogendra Nath Mandal, from the then East Pakistan in his party to show that the Muslim League was not a party of Muslims alone. One [Full Article...]

New wars on the Cold War relic

By TP Sreenivasan National Security Adviser, Ajit Doval, has sought to revisit the U.N. General Assembly (UNGA) Resolution 2832 (XXVI) declaring the Indian Ocean as a zone of peace, and which has called upon the great powers not to allow an escalation and an expansion of military presence in the Indian Ocean. (The Hindu, December 1, 2014). The expectation is that it can be [Full Article...]

Should India be showing its military might to Obama

By Nantoo Banerjee For children playing war games in computer, witnessing the display of India’s armoury, its air force fighters flying past and scrambling over Rashtrapati Bhawan, daredevil army jawans on motorbikes, replica of naval frigate, tanks, guns and missiles at the country’s annual republic day parade in Delhi’s famed Raj Path has always been the most exciting part of the event. But, not [Full Article...]

Tribals are Christians by choice

By Barnes Mawrie In the wake of the news of the conversion of 300 Muslims to Hinduism in Agra, a lot of discussion has been triggered not only in parliament but in the national media as well. There are some Hindu fundamentalists who are trying to sow the seed of division by alleging that the tribal communities of North-east India have been lured or [Full Article...]

Saving the environment: A Battle half-won in Meghalaya

By H H Mohrmen Ask any visitor to Meghalaya of his impressions about the state and the first answer is always – ‘the state’s captivating natural beauty.’ If a SWOT (strength, weakness, opportunity and threat) analysis is done on the strength and weakness of the state, without doubt natural beauty of the state will figure prominently as the element where the strength of the [Full Article...]

A straight answer to an elliptical curve

By M J Akbar Legislation is not always the best way to resolve a social problem with a contentious history of a thousand years, but governments are not always in control of events. Sometimes, events control governments. The Agra incident, where some fringe hardliners sought to “reconvert” a handful of Muslims, surviving under many forms of pressure including poverty and immigration, brought to the [Full Article...]

Planning Commission: A very old wine skin

By TFL Mawlong Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping once said, “It doesn’t matter whether the cat is black or white as long as it catches mice”. It is not ‘ideology’ but ‘utility’ that matters. The same can be said of a government agency. Whether or not the Planning Commission should be scrapped has become a vexed question. Much has been debated about our Prime minister’s [Full Article...]