Politics & Governance

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Coalgate?

First published on 24.08.2012 For the last one week or so, the only thing I have been hearing on the TV news channels is “Coalgate”, therefore I have used the same heading but also placed a question mark. The question mark because I am less than unsure – more or less convinced – that there is no scam as such in the coal block allocation; however, my opinion is based…


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Sukma Attack is Condemnable

I was waiting for the Maoists’ version of the Sukma attack; they say that their targets were the Koya commanders, and they regret the killing of the civilians. I don’t think it’s enough! The reasons follow: 1 The Maoists intend to present an alternative government in India. In fact, they are already in de-facto control of some parts of India, and the Indian Government is trying to re-claim control (or…


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Sangh Parivar and the Strategy for Others

The Sangh Parivar is an extremely successful sociopolitical group covering all aspects of life. Their flagship organization, i.e. the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP), is a well-known political party with strong influence over the well-educated-but-less-learned metro population (including the youth). The Rashtriya Swamsevak Sangh (RSS) is their ideological fountain, from where all ideas and strategies originate and is, undoubtedly, the most important asset of the Sangh Parivar, and it is, therefore,…


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Are Israeli Strikes Justified?

Israel has launched an offensive attack against HAMAS in Gaza Strip with the aim of wiping out HAMAS. HAMAS, i.e. Harakat al-Muqāwamat al-Islāmiyyah, meaning “Islamic Resistance Movement” is a Palestinian Sunni paramilitary organization and a political party, which holds majority of seats in the elected legislative council of the Palestinian National Authority. International perception of HAMAS varies from the extreme negative to somewhat positive: – The European Union lists HAMAS…