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How Close Is The Modi Government To Full Electrification?
Analysis, India

How Close Is The Modi Government To Full Electrification?

In September 2015, UN member countries adopted 17 goals for sustainable development, under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. These 17 goals broadly consist of methods to eliminate poverty and inequality, by means of better access to resources and infrastructure for those who have been deprived of it. The seventh of these goals is ensuring access to affordable and clean energy. It includes working towards universal access to affordable, reliable, modern energy services. To track progress on this front, the UN releases the “State of Electricity Access Report”, with its detailed findings on how different countries and regions are progressing, what roadblocks they face, and how to get around them. In the State of Electricity Access Report 2017, India was found to have climbed up 73
Rafale Deal Controversy: Fraud or Mere Fuss?
Analysis, India

Rafale Deal Controversy: Fraud or Mere Fuss?

In the last few weeks, there have been a number of press conferences and social media posts on the Rafale deal. The term refers to the defence deal between the Indian and French governments. But is it really a scam? Let us understand what the Rafale deal controversy is, and if it is really a scam. Read on to find out. What is Rafale Deal? The Rafale controversy is with regard to the defence deal struck between the Indian and French governments, for India to acquire fighter jets from the French company Dassault Aviation. The tale begins in 2001 - after the Kargil War, India noticed a need for greater defence preparedness, so it decided to buy 126 fighter jets to strengthen its air force. In 2007, tenders were issued by the Indian government for procurement of Medium Multi-Role Combat Airc...
Is Rahul Gandhi addicted to cocaine as claimed by Dr. Subramanian Swamy?
India

Is Rahul Gandhi addicted to cocaine as claimed by Dr. Subramanian Swamy?

Congress party president Rahul Gandhi had faced a lot of controversies every now and then by the opposition party leaders. The most prominent party of making such accusations against Rahul Gandhi is BJP. It can be easily seen that BJP and Congress are two major political parties in India and the majority of seats in state and central is held by any one of these parties.  As a result of this, there is a consistent tension between the members of both parties which result in charging false allegations against each other every now and then. As Rahul Gandhi is gaining the attention of Indian citizens, he becomes the threat to the credibility of BJP. The young politician Rahul has pointed out mistakes of BJP art several instances which becomes the cause of increasing anger toward him by BJP o
Ayodhya Case Not To Be Referred To a larger Bench – Is it What we Needed?
Analysis, India

Ayodhya Case Not To Be Referred To a larger Bench – Is it What we Needed?

Babri Masjid was built in 1528 by Mir Baqi, a commander of Mughal emperor Babur. The Ayodhya dispute revolves around access to a site traditionally regarded among Hindus to be the birthplace of the Hindu deity Rama and the history and location of the Babri Mosque which was allegedly built after demolishing a Hindu temple. In 1885 Mahant Raghubirdas filled a plea in the court to build a canopy outside the monument and offer prayers which were rejected. Later another petition was filled by Gopal Simla and P. Ramachandra seeking the right to pray when idols of Lord Rama mysterious appeared inside the monument. This was followed by religious bodies Nirmohi Akhara and UP Sunni Waqaf Board moving the court for possession of the site. Though in 1986 the Faizabad court ordered the opening of the s...
Is Indian Railways doing well under the Modi government?
India

Is Indian Railways doing well under the Modi government?

Indian Railways is the fourth largest railway network in the world. It is one of the most important modes of transport. It provides services to its passengers as well as economic transportation in the country. It ferries various commodities and fuels in industrial, consumer and agricultural segments across the length and breadth of India. Management of Railways is therefore important for the development of overall transportation in the country. With increasing demands of people and improvement in technology, railways as a discipline are not seen as static but as an ongoing process of development by the government. Let's find out is Indian Railways doing well under the Modi government? Each political party’s manifesto includes programmes and schemes for improving the railways in India. H
Why Indian Rupee is failing against US Dollor
Analysis, India

Why Indian Rupee is failing against US Dollor

The rupee has become the weakest currency in Asia currently. It is facing one of the worst economic crisis ever owing to the current account deficit and since this will hold for some time, the rupee is likely to remain weak for some time raising concerns in terms of increase in crude oil prices as well. In relation to this context, both the BJP as well as the Congress are engaging in a war of words over former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan’s note to the Chairman of the Estimates Committee of the Parliament on over-optimistic bankers, slow decision making in the government and moderation in economic growth which mainly contributed to the rising bad loans. A lot of reaction and criticism was received over Mr. Rajan’s comment by both the parties which further indicated the increasing tension.
Why The Amendments to the SC/ST Act are More Arbitrary Than Affirmative
Analysis, India

Why The Amendments to the SC/ST Act are More Arbitrary Than Affirmative

People belonging to the so-called “lower castes” have been subjected to atrocities, hate crimes and social exclusion from times immemorial. Even in the post-Independence era, frequent instances of atrocities were witnessed across the country. For example the massacre of Keezhvenmani, Tamil Nadu (1958) where 44 SC labourers were burnt to death in a confined building. Political parties thriving on OBC support alleged that the government avoided addressing basic contradictions, vulnerabilities, and causative factors; the response was only superficial, lacking radical solutions. Therefore, in the face of this social and political turmoil, the desperate Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act was brought about in 1989. With time and realisation of the expanded
Can Congress make a comeback in 2019 election drawing from its past experience?
India, Lok Sabha, Opinion

Can Congress make a comeback in 2019 election drawing from its past experience?

In order to divulge in the question of electoral issues and its complexities in India, which has held 16 major Lok Sabha Elections it is important to understand the types of elections in India. Our country hosts for types of elections namely – Presidential and Vice Presidential (Executive), Parliament (Union Legislature), Assembly Elections (State Legislature) and elections for Local Bodies. The responsibility of holding the elections has been vested in the Election Commission, based on Universal Adult Suffrage and first – past – the – post. The two elections in the electoral history that are of strategic importance have been that of 1980 and 2014. Let's deep digger a bit and see can congress make a comeback in 2019 election drawing from its past experience? The 7th Lok Sabha held in 19
How Indian Parliament has declined over the years?
India, Indian Parliament

How Indian Parliament has declined over the years?

The bicameral Parliament of India came into being with the first general Elections held in 1952. However, its antecedents can be traced back to the pre-Independence era. The Parliament of India comprises of President, Lok Sabha, and Rajya Sabha. It is the supreme legislative body of India. Let's see how Indian Parliament has declined over the years. As the deliberative and representative assembly, its role in developing India has been crucial. But over several decades there has been a decline in the effectiveness of the Parliament as an institution of accountability and oversight. The instruments of accountability, the Parliament uses such as the committee system, motion on the floor etc have become increasingly dysfunctional.   The declining standards of debates, decorum and discipline
How Rahul Gandhi’s recent foreign trips hurt the Congress?
India, Lok Sabha

How Rahul Gandhi’s recent foreign trips hurt the Congress?

Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s recent visits abroad sparked a lot of controversy due to his attack on the present Modi led NDA government. He criticized the Modi regime on various grounds in few of the events held in Germany and the UK starting August 21st. The visit was depicted as an effort to reach out to the Indian community abroad which rightly pointed out has not been much of a success. During his visit to the UK, he spoke at the Institute of Strategic Studies and the London School of Economics. He also had a meeting with the members of the Labor Party’s Shadow Cabinet and with various business leaders. Here, he blamed unemployment in India for lynching incidents, compared Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and accused it of changing the nature of India.