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It is eight years since Narendra Modi became Prime Minister of India, heading an NDA government. The BJP is observing this anniversary in a big way, combining it with their election campaign for some state Assembly elections due later this year, Gujarat being one of the important ones.
The only way of addressing this runaway inflation is for the government to clamp down on profiteering and hoarding, expand the public distribution system to bring various commodities in its ambit (like cooking oils, vegetables, milk, etc) and to step up wheat as well as other grains’ procurement.
The past eight years have seen increasing economic hardship for families of common people. Unemployment, insecurity of jobs, low wages and salaries, closures and retrenchments, and the complete stoppage of work during the lockdowns have destroyed people’s livelihoods and lives.
In the recently held Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, where the ruling BJP was victorious, a bizarre phenomenon emerged. Chief minister Yogi Adityanath was repeatedly applauded as ‘Bulldozer Baba’ and he seemed to relish this strange description.
Dear Prime Minister,
As I write these lines it’s been ten days since the conflict in Khargone in Madhya Pradesh on Ram Navami. The situation remains tense. Curfew prevails. No social or political activist is being allowed to enter Khargone. This was not a spontaneous incident.
Many well-wishers of the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala are concerned about the ongoing controversy over the Silver Line project. The project is a semi high-speed greenfield North-South arterial railway styled as Silver Line to be implemented by a joint venture with Indian...
Now the government of India wants to monetize the value of the enterprise and appropriate it by expanding the shareholder base to the private players.
While a three-judge bench of the Karnataka High Court hears arguments for and against the legality of wearing hijabs -- the Islamic headdress prescribed for women -- in classrooms across Karnataka, two deeply damaging consequences of the controversy are already being felt.
For the sake of `India, that is Bharat’, these forces that seek to transform the character of independent India must be defeated.