Author: Shridhar Rao

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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BJP’s winning control of Indian states

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is still winning control of state legislatures even without holding elections. Recently, the chief minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar, who took office as the head of a coalition formed to stop the BJP in 2015, jumped ship to join his erstwhile enemies in a new coalition. A proverbial phenomenon has been observed for centuries that “Rats abandon a sinking ship first.” But here, the captain himself jumped the ship, obviously because of his selfish motives. Following his footstep, some members of the feckless Congress party, which dominated Indian politics until a decade ago, have...

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Border on the boil

As the standoff continues on the Sino-Indian border, problems have started brewing over trade relations between both the neighbouring countries. The genesis of the problem lies in China sending its troops to the Doklam area leading to Indian Army also positioning itself in the area leading to escalation of tension. It’s despite the fact that a senior Indian diplomat has reassured that there will be no impact on the trade relations between the two countries. The current border standoff may not have any impact on the Indo-China trade, union commerce and industry secretary Rita Teotia recently said. Moreover, she...

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