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Bihar Elections: BJP Bets On Women & Youth In List 1.0, Allies Not Happy

As decision day draws closer in Bihar, the Bharatiya Janata Party is all set to tackle the situation head on. The first one off the block, it has now gone ahead and even released the first list of candidates. Comprising of 43 names, this list has names of candidates contesting in various phases. There are about 19 names of candidates contesting in Phase 1, 15 for Phase 2 and 9 […]

BJP: Number Crunching Time In Bihar

With the five-phase Bihar polls almost there, hectic number crunching is underway in the BJP camp. Between wanting to cash in on the anti-incumbency factors, trying to win the maximum possible individual seats and banking on key regional allies, it is quite a tight rope for the party in the state. As per the party’s initial calculation, it was hoping to field around 160-165 seats, of which it was targeting […]

Where Religion Becomes A Platform For Political Gains!

As India’s commercial capital, Mumbai gears up for its 10-day extravaganza, the Ganapati Utsav, the sudden furore on the so called meat ban seems to be shifting the focus on a complete non-issue? You might be enraged or even feel that I am trivialising an important issue like the ‘ban on animal slaughter and sale of meat during the 4-day Jain festival ‘Paryushan’. But the fact is the violation of […]

Rakesh Maria & Indrani Mukerjea Case: 5 Questions That Need To Be Answered?

I am sure that for most of you following the Indrani Mukerjea case, Rakesh Maria’s transfer was no surprise. He seemed to be everywhere from interrogating the accused to addressing press conference, it almost seemed he was a like single man army handling the overall case and its progress. When was the last time you heard the Commissioner of Police interrogating the accused. Normally it is the responsibility of the […]

OROP Protests Continue: The Premature Retirement Issue

The Government has finally given its nod for OROP or the one rank one pension demand of ex-servicemen but the din is far from over. The latest storm has been stirred by the mention of the word VRS and a proposal to exclude them from the OROP scheme. The Govt tried its best to pacify the protestors over the weekend. While Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar assured that these pending issues […]

The Bihar Poll Agenda: The Development Dilemma

As the alliance frenzy and the list of innumerable promises ahead of the Bihar election heats up, I cannot help but reminisce about one basic aspect of this election. While political parties are not leaving any stone unturned in trying to woo voters, no effort is being made in addressing the real issues yet. As we have seen in the performance of the past Governments and parties ruling the state, […]

Economic Health Check: Is The Modi Government On Right Track?

The quarterly economic growth number is no doubt one of the most watched economic measures for assessing the country’s growth chart. It is one of the earliest yardsticks to gauge the effectiveness of the various policies implemented by the Govt and it was a clear signal for the Modi Government when the numbers were announced last evening. The Government is walking a tightrope on the economic front and there is […]

Of Onion Cartels & Skyrocketing Prices

With the first batch of imported Egyptian Onions entering the Indian wholesale market, Onion prices are finally breathing a sigh of relief. Wholesale prices saw a significant dip down by nearly Rs 10 per kilogram. But it is an open secret that this is only an ad hoc measure, a temporary solution and the problem is nowhere gone. It is almost the same scenario for the past couple of years. […]

How To Convert A Slump In Markets Into Profitable Investment

After the sharp fall in global markets overnight am sure many retail investors are right now sitting in deep losses or trying to cut their position by selling off the investment at whatever rate possible. Well you might be surprised but you are bracing yourself for way bigger losses going forward. Well you might ask, what is one supposed to do then in this scenario? My answer is stay calm, […]

NSA Talks Collapse: Future Of Indo-Pak Relations

In what can be considered as ominous clouds, the supposed National Security Advisor level talks between India and Pakistan scheduled for Sunday collapsed just hours before it was about to begin. Not only is it a clear indication of the inherent mistrust between the two nations but also the fact that force can’t be a way to resolve these long standing disputes. As uncertainty looms large over the future of […]