INDIA: News Briefs

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China, Europe within India's striking range as Agni-V tested successfully for second time:India, on September 15, conducted test flight of its of its indigenously developed and most capable ballistic missile, Agni-V from the Wheeler Island in Odisha.  With a strike range of about 5,500-km, the missile is capable of hitting targets anywhere in China when operational.
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/india-test-fires-agni-v-china-europe-withing-indias-striking-range/1/309908.html

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Hindu Nationalism versus Indian Nationalism

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By Ram Puniyani *

The debate around Hindu Nationalism and Indian Nationalism is not a new one. During colonial period, when the rising freedom movement was articulating the concept and values of Indian nationalism, the section of Hindus, keeping aloof from freedom movement asserted the concept of Hindu Nationalism. The debate has resurfaced again due to the one who is trying to project himself as the Prime-Ministerial candidate of BJP-NDA, Narendra Modi. In an interview recently (July 2013) said very ‘simply’ that he was born a Hindu, he is a nationalist, so he is a Hindu Nationalist! His Party President Rajnath Singh also buttressed the point and took it further to say that Muslims are Muslim nationalists, Christians are Christian Nationalists. So one has a variety of nationalisms to choose from!

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Indian Economy: Crisis of a Borrowed Development Strategy

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By Arun Kumar *

Introduction: The Current Situation

The economic growth rate has been falling continuously while the consumer price inflation, current account deficit in the external sector and fiscal deficit in the Budget remain at high levels. The lack of confidence in the Indian economy is manifested by the sudden and sharp decline in the value of the rupee vis-a-vis the dollar in spite of the steps taken by the government and the Reserve Bank of India. The stock markets are also fluctuating wildly reflecting the uncertainty in the minds of the investors— both Indian and foreign. The policy-makers appear to be helpless.

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Indian Rupee’s Fall: An Opportunity For A South Asian Currency

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By Shastri Ramachandaran*

Every few years the Indian rupee takes a dive. Every time this happens, there is the usual hand-wringing and the finance minister talking the rupee up.

Invariably, the rupee’s fall triggers the clichéd debate over growth versus inflation, talk of curbing foreign exchange outflows, sucking cash out of the market and a number of other ad-hoc measures. The rupee ‘stabilises’ at a new low. Until it goes for another spin, and the charade is repeated.

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Is India’s Nuclear Arsenal safe?

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By Hasan Ehtisham *

It confuses me immensely as to why the mainstream media and Western governments are constantly generating a hype about the safety of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal when they don’t seem concerned at all about the highly startling condition regarding the nuclear capabilities of India. Ever since the India-US nuclear deal has taken place, India has signed civil nuclear deals with more than half a dozen countries. Hence, the most precarious lie is advocated, that India has a strong track record of nuclear safety, to materialise these nuclear deals.

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Indian People's Charter on Nuclear Energy

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By A Correspondent

The Indian People’s Charter on Nuclear Energy is a statement emerging from the shared experiences, struggles and visions of grassroots movements for a safe energy future. Such movements have existed right since the inception of India’s nuclear programme and have scored significant victories in places like Kerala.

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Internal Security: Interrogating CBI

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By Ajay K Mehra*

Always in the eye of storm, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is sitting atop an erupting volcano, as it were.  Recently described as a ‘caged parrot’ by the Supreme Court of India, which CBI chief Ranjit Sinha endorsed, it is being criticised and condemned by people and politicians (those in opposition!) alike for being a willing tool to the party in power.  It has been severely criticised for sharing its report on coal scam to the then law minister Ashwani Kumar, who has since resigned.  Its investigation in the Isharat Jahan ‘fake’ encounter case has been questioned and its move to question a senior IPS officer with the Intelligence Bureau for his involvement in the ‘encounter’ has drawn flak and invited sharp reactions from the IB Director.

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NSA Snooping And India's Sovereignty

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By Ravi Nitesh *

Whenever it comes to ministries to take a stand on crucial issues of public interest the ministries ignore India's sovereignty and support foreign interests. So this time, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) behaved the same way and justified US National Securtiy Agency's (NSA) snooping over Indian citizens.

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Declaration of PM Candidate: Violation Of Constitutional Provision?

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By Shashikant Kumar *

On 13th September 2013, evening the Mr. Rajnath Singh, declared before media the Prime Minister candidate of BJP after party's  parliamentary board meeting.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday announced Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections. The announcement came after a meeting of the party's parliamentary board here this evening, which unanimously decided to project Modi as the prime ministerial candidate. “We have projected Narendra Modi as our PM candidate,” BJP President Rajnath Singh told media here after the parliamentary board meeting .”

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PM Candidate Modi’s Bluff: Vajpayee and Debate on Terrorism

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By Mukul  Sinha *

In his maiden appearance after being declared as the PM candidate of BJP, Modi chose to speak to a large crowd of ex-military people as if he was ordained to do so. He in fact specifically mentioned that the Rewari meeting was fixed before he was declared as the PM candidate; Modi went on to add that it must be the wish of the almighty that his first meeting was with the ex-servicemen after he became the party’s candidate for Prime Minister.

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BJP Leads MPs' List with Criminal Records in the Indian Parliament

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By Pratik Sinha *

As many as 76 sitting MPs of various political parties face serious criminal charges and could be disqualified if convicted for over 2 years.

Partywise:

38% of BJP MPs have criminal cases pending against them,

21% of Congress MPs have criminal cases pending against them.

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JULY 2018

Vol. 12 - No. 12










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