Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Modi in tune with ideological trends of last 30 yrs, combines empowerment, ambition: Top essayist Pankaj Mishra

By Our Representative
A top Narendra Modi critic, who has described the Indian Prime Minister as “the divisive manipulator who charmed the world", has suggested Modi qualifies to be a rebel, insisting, “As the son of a chaiwallah who has overcome all kinds of adversity, including violent, vicious attacks from the country’s English-speaking elites who wanted to bring him down but failed.”

Monday, February 20, 2017

Congress, Left share platform to protest against Modi's demonetization at Delhi civil society sponsored rally


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Long-time political opponents Congress and the Left "converged" on Sunday to protest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s controversial demonetisation move at a civil society-sponsored meet in Delhi, sharing platform to declare that that it has been a  big disaster, especially for the poorer sections of the people.

Advantage BJP in UP as shrill Modi campaign now attempts to create Hindu-Muslim divide: Top scribe

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Virtually backing the banned exit polls carried out by the Hindi daily Dainik Jagran's online site as also other surveys, top scribe Rajdeep Sardesai has predicted in a blog, written by him at the end of the three rounds of polling for UP state assembly, it's “advantage BJP”, with Samajwadi Party (SP)-Congress alliance being “still in the hunt.”

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Aadhaar authentication: 66% Hyderabad households report technical issues in getting ration from PDS

By Our Representative
A new survey of the Aadhaar-based Biometric Authentication (ABBA) system, introduced in all Public Distribution Systems (PDS) in Hyderabad between February and March 2016, has found major “complexities and problems” with the use of the Aadhaar card for obtaining essential commodities from city’s shops.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Why India's higher courts have ignored suo motu cognisance of mass crimes, including 2002 riots?: Teesta Setalvad

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In her new book, “Foot Soldiers of the Constitution: A Memoir”, well-known human rights activist wonders as to why India's High Courts and the Supreme Court, who are vested with a unique power of the suo motu jurisdiction, have failed to use it with any communal riots across the country.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Modi, Amit Shah "misleading" voters on UP's crime rate: It's lower than most states/UTs, says data site

By Our Representative
A top data analysis site has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s and BJP chief Amit Shah’s claim during the Uttar Pradesh (UP) polls that that the state is “number one” in crime has no basis, insisting, “The facts – garnered from the Centre’s own crime database – did not support the assertions made by Modi and Shah”.
Modi made the claim on February 5 and 10, 2017, while BJP chief Amit Shah said this on February 3, 2017.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Economic freedom: India ranks worse than Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, says US conservative thinktank

India's labour freedom, as seen by Heritage Foundation
By Our Representative
In a major setback to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claimed successes in opening Indian market for foreign investors, the world’s foremost conservative political think tank, Heritage Foundation, has ranked India 143rd in economic freedom index, worse than Pakistan (141st), Bangladesh (128th), Nepal (125th), and Sri Lanka (112th).

60% Indians favour strong leader who can break rules, anti-terror ops over protecting civil rights: UK survey

By Rajiv Shah
A high-profile online survey in 23 countries, including India, claims that 63% Indians, one of the highest among the countries surveyed, insist on the need to to prioritise stopping terrorism over protecting civil rights. While the average for the 23 countries is 45%, interviewees from only two countries feel so more strongly about this – Serbia 73% and Turkey 69%.