War is the Health of the State

The American journalist Randolph Bourne in his famous essay, The State, said, The moment war is declared, however, the mass of the people, through some spiritual alchemy, become convinced that they have willed and executed the deed themselves. They then, with the exception of a few malcontents, proceed to allow themselves to be regimented, coerced, […]

How to Resolve the Kashmir Conflict?

A recent militant suicide attack on a convoy of CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) in Pulwama, Kashmir has jolted India. Total 44 CRPF soldiers died in this attack. This is one of the deadliest attacks on Indian armed forces in the history of Kashmir insurgency. Majority of the Indians, who are now very nationalistic, are […]

Unemployment in India

A recent news headline said, As many as 7,000 persons, mostly graduates, had applied for 13 vacant posts of canteen waiters in Mantralaya, the Maharashtra secretariat. Another said, As Narendra Modi government and opposition fight over ‘jobs crisis’ in India, another surprising news has come from Uttar Pradesh where over 93,000 candidates including Phd holders, […]

Modi’s Universal Basic Income Gambit

According to the MSN news, the Modi government is preparing to introduce a universal basic income (UBI) scheme before next year’s general election. The government will transfer a certain amount into the bank accounts of citizens who are unable to earn an income. The Centre has been facing a relentless Opposition onslaught over a slew […]

Despotism of Democracy

Elections are the major rituals of the modern day secular religion of Democracy. Elections in four states and the grand 2019 Loksabha election, were the fate of the Modi government will be decided, are coming up again. Now round the clock people will be bombarded, by the mainstream media, with the message of how important […]

Are the Prices of Petrol and Diesel Determined by the Market Forces In India?

The Indian government has supposedly deregulated the determination of prices of petroleum products like petrol and diesel in India. Every time prices of these two products go up, the government plays this card of deregulation to answer the critiques e.g., recently the Modi government reduced the excise duty on petrol and diesel by 1.5 rupees […]

The IL&FS Insolvency: A Canary in the Coal Mine

IL&FS insolvency is rocking the Indian stock markets right now. The situation is so grim that the Modi government has now “nationalized” the company! They have bailed out a private limited company by using public money. The news is coming out that, as usual, LIC and state bank of India (SBI) are being coerced by […]

Hindus and their Holy Cow

After the sweeping election win of Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist BJP party four years ago, there is a barrage of misleading propaganda coming from Modi and his government about the so-called glorious past of India and the sacred Hindu culture. Hindu fundamentalist forces (sic), under the tutelage of Modi and his government, are […]

Rats are Leaving Modi’s Sinking Boat

Two Arvinds, Arvind Panagaria and Arvind Subramanian, have resigned from the top economic positions in the Modi government before their terms ended. Arvind Panagaria was the vice chairman of the NITI Aayog, the former economic planning commission, and Arvind Subramanian was the chief economic advisor. They both resigned and went back to their former teaching […]