Archive for June, 2016

RSS ideologue KN Govindacharya on Modi, Hindutva and plans for a new framework for India’s Constitution to VRINDA GOPINATH

Jun 22, 2016 No Comments

K.N. Govindacharya refers to himself as a former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) pracharak and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member, and modestly says that today he is only a foot soldier, one among the 40 lakh swayamsevaks who work on the ground to spread the Sangh’s Hindutva message. In the 1990s, though, he was the parivar’s celebrated ideologue who, in [...]

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Raghuram Rajan’s no-nonsense attitude in dealing with massive corporate debt default pushed him out, says MK VENU

Jun 22, 2016 No Comments

Sometime ago I had asked a highly reputed economist advising the Modi government what he thought of a piquant observation made by Sanjay Subrahmanyam, one of India’s foremost historians, that the government was more easily able to accept globally trained economists but not historians or sociologists who mostly reject the culturally fixed views of the Sangh parivar. [...]

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A delegate rebellion looms into reality, says JENNIFER RUBIN

Jun 22, 2016 No Comments

In May (was it only last month?), Donald Trump’s Republican competitors left the presidential primary race. GOP officials scrambled to endorse him. There was talk big donors were coming on board. Many conscientious conservatives were in a funk, disillusioned with a party (albeit only a plurality of primary voters) who could select a charlatan and a [...]

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Mateen had a troubled past, why isn’t that the story, asks HANNAH ALAM

Jun 22, 2016 No Comments

Extremist angle dominates Orlando coverage despite CIA’s finding no links to Islamic State Dribs and drabs of info on Mateen – alleged wife beater, in trouble since middle school – overwhelmed by terror talk Last year’s Chattanooga shooting rare instance where shooter’s troubled past became story ——— Hours after Mohammad Abdulazeez fired 100 rounds into [...]

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It’s not Barack Obama but Donald Trump and Modi who groove more, says VRINDA GOPINATH

Jun 17, 2016 No Comments

It seems Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s inner pracharak is breaking out every now and then. No matter how hard he tries suppressing these primordial instincts, they resurface, like a bad habit, whether in Indian or foreign soil. His much-touted five-nation tour and his jet-setting ways might have had the media eating out of his hands, [...]

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How the new Dadri forensic report is letting media create a false narrative

Jun 17, 2016 No Comments

On Tuesday, the horrors of the Dadri beef-lynching incident returned to dominate media discourse after a purported forensic report was released to the media by the defense lawyer in the case stating that the meat sample recovered from outside the 50-year-old’s house belonged to a “cow or its progeny”. The finding was in contrast to the preliminary report of [...]

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We don’t think it’s the feminist milestone many claim it to be, says MAHROH JAHANGIRI and DANA BOLGER

Jun 17, 2016 No Comments

At long last, it’s happened: Hillary Clinton has clinched the Democratic presidential nomination, the first woman in U.S. history to do it. We don’t think it’s the feminist milestone many claim it to be. Indeed, we don’t believe, as a post on our own site claimed yesterday, that one can reconcile intersectional feminist principles with a “celebrati[on] [...]

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Why the Congress must nominate Dr Singh as its party president, and other notes, by MOHAN GURUSWAMY

Jun 17, 2016 No Comments

PRESIDENT MANMOHAN SINGH The Congress would do well to nominate Dr.Manmohan Singh as its next President with Rahul Gandhi functioning under him. This will lend huge credibility to the Opposition’s efforts to nail the Modi government’s failures on most fronts. The economy is on a slippery slope and the government Is conjuring imaginary growth and [...]

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