Author: Shridhar Rao

Stem the rot in the beginning

Fish rots from the head down. It is a known fact. The whole fish will have clear eyes with bright red colour. When its eyes lose its brightness and the red colour, it is understood that the rot has set in it. Soon it will start stinking and will no more useful for consumption. So is the case of democracy. When it starts stinking, corrective measures should be take to stem the rot. When the four senior-most judges of the Supreme Court, in an unprecedented move, held a press conference and issued a statement saying they were “left with...

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Congress has much to read in the BJP’s poll gain

Once again, Modi charisma has helped the BJP to win two states – Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. Victory, as the Cover story of this edition goes on, is a victory and hence Modi and his team deserve a pat as Gujarat was a hard fought election. However, there are quite a few things which have emerged from the assembly polls which may become a trend setter for the forthcoming elections in few other states next year and will lead to the finally forthcoming general elections scheduled in 2019. Interestingly, winning Gujarat Assembly election this time, no matter it was...

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Cong soft-pedals on crucial corruption issues

The Opposition Congress in Chhattisgarh is in a veritable quagmire plagued with infighting and contradictions within. Ever since the BJP came to power in the state’s maiden elections held after Chhattisgarh was carved out of Madhya Pradesh, the Congress has virtually lost all opportunities deliberately and otherwise that came to corner the Raman Singh government. Raman Singh as chief minister and his government has smooth sailed in office for 14 years by successfully overcoming major crisis, including the one that arose following the deadly Maoist attack that had eliminated frontline Congress leadership in May 2013. During the last 14...

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BJP no more a crusader against corruption

Modi Sarkar has apparently lost its moral high ground on the issue of corruption following the report on the financial growth of Temple Enterprise Private Limited, a company owned by the BJP national president Amit Shah’s son Jai Shah. According to a report published by news website ‘The Wire’, quoting filings with the registrar of companies, the turnover of this company “increased 16,000 times” in a year, after both the Gujarat leaders became the prime minister and the party president. The knee-jerk reaction of Modi Sarkar and the actions that followed indicates that there is; not just a needle...

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Babu, Baba & the BJP

After three years in power, the economy is in a tailspin so as the ruling BJP. The saffron party led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is sending out confusing signals in a desperate attempt to cover up the monumental failures to fulfil its promises, particularly on generating employment opportunities. Hence, the government is over-hyping on certain campaigns and trying to create an impression that good days or the much hyped ‘Achhe Din’ by year 2022—two years after the country goes to Lok Sabha elections in 2019. Besides all other political analysis and assessments, the one crucial factor that has...

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