Author: Navodita Pande

Tripura: Beyond the Politics

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe important question of Tripura ethnonational identity, inevitable as the Tripuri masses come to self-consciousness in the course of their development, may no longer be ignored by any political party in Tripura. It is perhaps a simplification to regard the left as complicit in the Bengali chauvinist oppression of Tripuris, opines Navodita, our Associate Editor, […]

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How Sick is the Banking Sector in India?

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe slowdown in the economy and the resultant rise in bad loans have led to criticism of public sector banks and questioning of their raison d’être. While there was a rush to find a quick solution by merging PSBs, it would be wise to examine the ground realities closely, points out Navodita, our Associate Editor, […]

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The Gun Laws in the US: More Guns, More Homicides

Reading Time: 4 minutesA strong finding of a study by Philip J. Cook was on gun use and crime was that gun use intensifies violence, making it more likely that the victim of an assault or robbery will die. The positive effect is on the murder-rate, not on the overall violent-crime rate. More guns, more homicides, points out […]

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What are the 2019 Polls Going to be Contested On?

Reading Time: 4 minutesNavodita, our Associate Editor, examines the possible issues that would lead up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. 2019 polls are not too far and all political parties are trying to make the best of it and pose themselves as ‘well-wishers’ of the citizens. As for wooing, […]

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Is Bitcoin a Currency of the Future?

Reading Time: 4 minutesAn entire cottage industry has emerged to help individuals buy, sell, store, transfer, and track the price of bitcoin. It is often the subject of major media coverage. And everyone with even a passing interest in bitcoin seems to have one question in mind – will it survive? Our Associate Editor, Navodita, analyses this issue, […]

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Crisis in the Maldives has Greater Ramifications in the Power Games in South Asia

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe Maldives, a contested terrain for power is actually undermining democracy and goes ahead to show that all is not well in the South Asian region. China is flexing its muscle, while India issued a statement rather than any military intervention as in the past, points out Navodita, our Associate Editor, exclusively for Different Truths. […]

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Congress and BJP Gear up for Electioneering in the Northeast States

Reading Time: 4 minutesIs Modi then trying to project his pro-poor and pro-farmer image ahead of the elections – this is a major question we should be asking after the union budget? Both parties, BJP and Congress, are already in full mood to take on the election campaign in the northeastern states, points out our Associate Editor, Navodita, […]

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The Pro-poor Stance of the Modi Government in the Union Budget is Sham, a Mere Lip Service

Reading Time: 3 minutesIncome inequality in India is at its highest since 1992, say Chancel and Picketty and according to Credit Suisse, 2017, India’s richest 1% hold 58% of its wealth. This budget tried to make certain pro-poor reforms, even announcing Eklavya schools for tribals. Is it just paying lip service, asks our Associate Editor, Navodita, in the […]

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Which way Does Davos take us?

Reading Time: 4 minutesPrime Minister Modi goes on to show that his foreign policy is driven by the need and will to make India into a formidable force to reckon with in the 21st century. He is keen to project the country as a strong Asian power – one that can take on China with ease in the […]

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Challenges for the Two National Parties Ahead of the 2019 Elections

Reading Time: 4 minutesBoth the national parties, Congress and the BJP, have moved beyond what they stood for in their ‘original form’ of course but we need a leader that can represent the traditional politics with new-age charisma. Is there a good regional leader that can prove all of that, asks Navodita, our Associate Editor, in the weekly […]

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