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Need Proportional representation at all level to democratize Indian power structure | Vidya Bhushan Rawat

January 14, 2019 - 4:58 pm in Reforms

The quota bill providing 10%  reservation for the ‘general’ category of people has been passed by the Rajya Sabha yesterday with opposition parties like Congress, Samajwadi Party, AAP and left parties. The AIDMK walked out of the Parliament so had the…

Barbarism normalised | Vidya Bhushan Rawat

October 27, 2018 - 6:33 pm in Reforms, Society

The incidents of lynching, killing and abusing the opponents particularly the Muslims in India have become a norm and the country seems to be either satisfied…

Republic of Caste supremacists

September 20, 2018 - 6:11 pm in Reforms

‘Democracy day’ was being celebrated yesterday on social media where political leaders ‘greeted’ their ‘bhakts’ and hailing India as one of…

Korean Anniversary: Confidence-building Measures Still Needed

September 14, 2018 - 3:37 pm in Culture, Politics, Reforms

Sunday 9 September was the 70th anniversary of the creation of North Korea. As has been usual in recent years there was a very highly-structured ceremonial parade. Such mass events are used to convey policy  priorities to its citizens and to the outside…

Chronicling the dismantling of the ‘Idea of India’

July 29, 2018 - 9:24 pm in Reforms

The recent debate around ‘no confidence’ in the Loksabha (21st July 2018); brought to fore the policies of the Modi sarkar. Modi Sarkar has failed the country on most of the counts, control over corruption, bringing back black money hoarded in foreign…

When Nehru helped an Ambedkarite Sanskrit Scholar get a job

May 29, 2018 - 6:06 pm in Reforms

This article is not attempt to portray Nehru as an Ambedkarite, nor is an attempt to project him as a champion of the Dalit rights as I can’t verify the statement from any other sources except that the beneficiary Mrs Kumud Pawde shared with me when I had…

Congress can learn from the mistakes of Rajiv Gandhi | Vidya Bhushan Rawat

May 21, 2018 - 10:59 pm in Reforms

There is no doubt that Rajiv Gandhi was a modern looking young leader of the country yet we must not miss out the fact that his party paid a heavy price for the mistakes he committed. In 1989, he started his campaign from Ayodhya promising Ram Rajya. The doors…

Liberal Dogmatism | Irfan Engineer

March 28, 2018 - 11:10 am in Faiths, Reforms

One must agree with the advice of Ramchandra Guha (‘Liberals, sadly’, IE, 20/3/18) that the “liberals must have courage to take on both Hindu and Muslim communalists”. Guha misses many Muslim liberals who take on both communalists. We could name dozens…

India needs Draupadi and not Savitri | Rajindar Sachar

March 26, 2018 - 11:35 am in Reforms

Everyone knows that Indians are sensitive about their religion. Before the elections they are very particular about doing such actions which they think will result in favorable verdict. This analysis is proved authentic by Rahul Gandhi saying openly that not…

Why Dalits celebrate victory of British over the Peshwa, Bhima Koregaon.

January 1, 2018 - 4:57 pm in Reforms

200 years ago, the Marathas were organized into a loose confederacy, with the major constituents being the Peshwa of Pune, the Scindia of Gwalior, the Holkar of Indore, the Gaekwad of Baroda, and the Bhonsle of Nagpur. There were revenue sharing disputes among…