Author: Navodita Pande

Supreme Court Order, Largescale Violence by Dalits and its Political Ramifications

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe last few days have been very traumatic for India. TV screens have been filled with images of violent mobs on the rampage, scenes of wanton destruction of public and private property, and accounts of terrified citizens stranded in the midst of violence. The provocation was a recent judgement by a two-judge bench of the […]

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The New Financial Year Ushers in Hope and Optimism

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe past financial year was marked by the great disruption of the introduction of the goods and services tax (GST), a change which not just affected government revenues but the operation of much of the private sector. However, in late January 2018, global crude oil prices rallied to over $65 a barrel, which has implications […]

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Shifting Geopolitics: Caution and Smart Diplomacy Must for Indo-Nepal Relations with Growing Chinese Influence

Reading Time: 4 minutesIndia’s foreign policy has come under criticism recently for losing neighbours to China. The criticism is made most often with respect to India’s ties with Nepal. But Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Oli’s official visit to India this week, starting April 6, offers an opportunity to set right that perception. It may be recalled that Oli’s […]

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Governance Affected by Failed Promises: Can More Jobs Mitigate Our Socioeconomic Woes?

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe governance outcomes will remain below par till structural transformation is implemented. The top-down approach has the disadvantage of an overblown apex crushing the little people below. Change, sensitive to mitigating the costs, thereof, flexible implementation of norms driven from below, with primacy for real value addition can deliver 100 percent results in reforms, opines […]

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Free Trade Agreement between India and China is a Distinct Possibility

Reading Time: 4 minutesSince 2014, President Xi Jinping and PM Narendra Modi have met on several occasions. Zhong Shan said they had decided that the two countries would build a closer partnership in development and deepen cooperation in all areas. With the care and support of the Chinese and Indian leaders, the trade and economic ties between the […]

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UP: The Tough Battlefield Ahead of Elections

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe forthcoming Assembly polls in Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh will decide if other parties would accept Rahul Gandhi’s leadership for a non-BJP alliance. These would also prepare the two major parties for contestations in UP, a tough battlefield, states Navodita, our Associate Editor, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. As both […]

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Despite Economic Slowdown Popularity of Vladimir Putin is all-time High in Russia

Reading Time: 4 minutesWith more than 56 million votes, it was Putin’s biggest ever win and the largest by any post-Soviet Russian leader. But the OSCE, a rights watchdog, said restrictions on fundamental freedoms, as well as on candidate registration, had restricted the scope for political engagement and crimped competition, analyses Navodita, our Associate Editor, in the weekly […]

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Political Equations are in Flux Ahead of Assembly and Lok Sabha Polls

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe Congress President Rahul Gandhi said that the week-long AICC plenary session could pit ‘encompassing Indian ethos’ as the political, ideological and social moorings of Congress to counter ‘sectarian and narrow Hindutva ideology of the RSS-BJP combine’. The draft political resolution will focus more on the need for rebuilding the party from state to state […]

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