India-UAE Investment Agreement: Why Such Desperate Haste?

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By Kavaljit Singh*

On December 12, 2013, India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed a bilateral investment promotion and protection agreement (BIPA) in New Delhi. The agreement was signed by Namo Narain Meena, India's Minister of State for Finance and Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, UAE's Minister of State for Financial Affairs. With the signing of this BIPA, the total number of India's bilateral investment protection agreements now stands at 84. 

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War Mongering Over Kashmir Has Begun

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By Syed Ali Mujtaba *

Many say Kashmir is the Achilles heals of South Asia and prosperity in the region hinges on establishing peace in the Kashmir valley. While there is a consensus on the problem there is no agreement on how peace could be established in the vexed region.

As a result, surveillance with the point of the gun remains the only modus oprendi to ensure peace in the restive region.

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Kashmir: Article 370 And Hermeneutic Violence

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By Prof. Hameedah Nayeem *

Over the   decades of Indian rule in J&K, Kashmiris  have been  subjected  to physical and  psychological violence at various levels. The most  visible violence  is the physical violence  resorted to by the armed forces  to establish forcible control  over the populace. Another less visible violence is the  ideological violence  carried through a particular use of language  which embodies   the statist  dominant ideology  like- Kashmir is  the  integral part of India  which is repeated with rhythmic  refrain day in and day out,  freedom struggle as  separatist   or  secessionist  movement and therefore  fit to  be denounced and crushed with  brute force with  almost a divine sanction, collaborators as mainstreamists  because they are the custodians  of colonial interests in Kashmir -  all these terms are used   to  lend currency  to   Indian state’s fictional perspective  on Kashmir  which  is  diametrically opposite  to our perception  of reality based  on  the historically authentic   and sacred  facts about the yet- to be - decided political status of  Kashmir.

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Kashmir: Still A Nuclear Flash Point

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By Ishaq Begh *

By exchanging the list of nuclear installations and facilities, the two rivals, India and Pakistan are not showing any goodwill towards the people of Jammu and Kashmir, as they have been exchanging these kinds of lists from early 90’s, Their efforts never brought any possibility of peace as all steps taken ended in a raw deal. When the apple of discord was kept untouched, how could have it ensured them the joyous moments. Kashmir, with serious repercussions and ordinate delays has a capacity to change these two nuclear powers into massive retaliators and that time these exchanging may not get the desired results. Without an optimistic approach and constructive attitude, such exchanging cannot bring any relief but can add despondencies to the whole south Asian population.

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History Will Record Singh as King Who Couldn't ...

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...Do Justice to Stature of Chair He Occupied

By Prabhu Chawla *

All’s well that ends well, goes the adage. But in PM Manmohan Singh’s case, it has lost its original meaning. He claimed history would judge him differently and mercifully. Instead, he found a place in contemporary chronicles of independent India as the first incumbent PM to announce his retirement, six months ahead of the end of his term. There is no last date in the calendar of a political leader. Manmohan is an exception. He is the second PM to complete two consecutive terms in office after Jawaharlal Nehru. His other record is holding only three press conferences during these terms. He is also the first PM to survive two terms without his party having a majority in Lok Sabha.

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Modi’s Caste and Hindutva Political Strategies

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By Ram Puniyani *

As Naredra Modi was close to being nominated the Prime Ministerial candidate, another Modi, Sushil Modi, flaunted Modi’s backward caste origins. Recently (Jan 2014) in a public rally in Delhi, Narerndra Modi himself brandished his caste while speaking at a public rally. At one level it is surprising that Modi is showcasing his caste, as the aim of RSS, whose trained swayamsevak (volunteer) he is, is to forge a monolithic Hindu identity, papering over the caste differences and underplaying its inherent hierarchy. Hindutva, the RSS politics, is essentially an ideology based on a caste pyramid, where the different castes have a well defined place. The caste system gets its strength through subordinating the dominated castes. Dominated castes, dalits-OBCS, assuming Hindu identity, over and above their caste identity, is the fulcrum of strength of Hindutva politics.

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2014 Indian Elections And David Headley’s Last Laugh

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By Satya Sagar *

If there is anything that will never cease to amaze me it is the smugness of all the silly pundits who regularly yap away on the idiot box with their predictions about the political future of India.

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AAP Has Come: aap ne bulaya kis liye

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By Wilfred Dcosta *

The recent state election results in central and north India show an interesting and dangerous trend emerging. Leave aside Delhi for a while, we see a consolidation of bi-polar politics with Congress and BJP on the two poles. The complete sweep of BJP in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh and a majority in Chhattisgarh – significant loss to other parties like the BSP.

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Confession Of The Indian Voter

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By Braj Ranjan Mani *

I am hungry for education and liberation and the ruling rascals offer me tranquilizers.They offer themselves to think, see, talk and act on my behalf.By changing the words, they turn vice into virtue and virtue into vice, and I am flummoxed and fooled again and again. There is no sincerity, God, in their speeches, sound bites and statements that surround me in their vice-like grip. The scoundrels quote the Constitution, and deny the violence of the rich against me. They talk of development, and keep my children stunted and unlettered for their slavery. Punish them all, God!… And please enable me to distrust appearances so that I can separate right from wrong, and the rascal from the righteous. Let only those come to power who sincerely believe that ‘whoever degrades another degrades the country and humanity.' And send the rest—the corporate crooks and rascals in power, whether in India or elsewhere—to jail, hell, or whatever you call it.

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Contemporary Political Ferment: Aam Aadmi Party

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By Ram Puniyani *

The spectacular performance of Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi Assembly elections (November 2013) has changed the perceptions and anticipations about the forthcoming general elections to be held in 2014. It has also led to rethink about the equations of electoral politics in general. While BJP emerged as the single largest party and could have staked claim to form the Government, it refrained from that. AAP, after an initial hesitation, went in for opinion taking exercise, and decided to cross the obstacles of being a bit short of majority and formed the Government.

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When the Burden Falls on the Poor

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By Arun Kumar *

Policies being pursued in India are based on the growth-at-any-cost model. The poor and the enviroment suffer while the corporates and organised sectors reap the benefits

The Aam Aadmi Party, having won the trust vote, is now in the saddle in Delhi. By announcing several measures to benefit Delhiites, it had already impacted the political discourse in the nation. The established political parties are trying to follow suit. Why did the previous Delhi government not take some of these steps given that the financial implications are not large while the benefits to the citizens are substantial?

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JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12










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