कालाधन के रूप अनेक

अफसोस की बात है कि न तो मौजूदा सरकार के पास इसका कोई लेखा-जोखा है, और न ही पूर्ववर्ती सरकार के पास था. तत्कालीन वित्त मंत्री प्रणब मुखर्जी ने 21 मई, 2012 को लोकसभा के पटल पर केंद्र सरकार की ओर से काले धन पर श्वेत-पत्र प्रस्तुत किया था. इसमें कालाधन की मात्रा के बारे में कोई जानकारी नहीं दी गयी थी. सरकार का कहना था कि यह आकलन कर पाना बहुत मुश्किल है.

Who Wants Demonetization: The Politics of Governance Through Surgical Strikes

The absence of public deliberation and a lack of consistent rationale guiding such massive policy decisions of the government, and their endorsement by the elite, are disconcerting signs for any democratic culture. While the Left tries to debate whether the present conjuncture is authoritarian or fascist; an admixture of both is unfolding in front of our eyes but with the backing of a vocal hegemonic public within a liberal framework. Maybe these terms – fascist or authoritarian – will derive closure only in retrospect; but in the present, the opposition seems woefully ineffective in countering the Leader.

France – the face of today’s politics and the end of the old nostrums

With Francois Fillon as the centre-right candidate for the French presidential election all conventional and servile political reckoning reaches a dead end.

Was there an alternative to Fidel Castro’s “Stalinism”?

Does it matter that a government that took their advice seriously would be snuffed within a year of its taking power? Obviously not. They don’t really care about the difficulties of wielding power in a world controlled by immensely powerful capitalist states, including one that was only 90 miles from Cuba.

ये लाईन में खड़ा है तू जो आजकल…

Economics and Politics of ‘Demonetization’

What are the most important reasons of the ‘demonetization’ – coming of big elections, initiative against the black money promised during the 2014 election, curbing the tax evasion or streamlining the market economy by cleaning the house itself?

Modi’s trump card

The term black money is all encompassing for income on which no taxes have been paid to the state. This income may be from legitimate sources or patently illegal activities such as smuggling, counterfeiting, corruption and narcotics. The estimates of how much black money is generated each year vary widely. But a widely cited, but still supposedly confidential study by the National Institute for Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP), commissioned by the government estimates the black economy in 2013 to be equal to about 75% of the GDP.

Ae dil hai mushkil

There has been an attempt in the movie to display the emotions of love and friendship from a gender perspective. Although this is not effectively portrayed in the movie, the actor has done a decent job in conveying the message of a patriarchal mindset.

Begum Akhtar: The Tormented Soul Who Rose to be the Ghazal Queen

Begum Akhtar was no ordinary singer. Sarojini Naidu praised her that she was brilliant; the legendary Gauhar Jaan predicted she would be a great ghazal singer. And much later, as she became a household name with her sublime voice and mellifluous singing, she remained humble, though moody and unpredictable.

The Coup in Bombay House

Like the UP drama, the Bombay House drama, is essentially about an aging patriarch unwilling to fully let go the reins to a chosen successor. Mulayam Singh Yadav who anointed his son Akhilesh as the Chief Minister of India’s largest state and putative inheritor of the clan’s pelf and thralldom, now finds in him a young man seeking to find his wings and get away from the restrictive influence and ways of the patriarch.

The Supreme Court throws down the gauntlet.

The Court has overreacted by holding the 99th Constitutional Amendment Act and the NJAC Act 2014 “unconstitutional and void”; and by doing so the Court has ignored the unanimous will of the Parliament, most of the state legislatures and the desire of the people for transparency in judicial appointments. It has perpetuated a system that has not proven to be in anyway superior to what it superseded. On the other hand it has flung down a gauntlet at that most fundamental notion of a democracy that the people speak through their Parliament. It is now for the people to pick up the gauntlet.