Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Talk Point

non-aligned

India is no longer non-aligned: Pragmatic shift or high-risk gamble?

India’s foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale on Thursday said that the country is no longer a ‘non-aligned’ state, and follows issue-based alignment. This signals a ...
ias

Shah Faesal quits IAS: Right for officers to join politics early or wait till retirement?

After nine years in civil services, Kashmiri IAS officer Shah Faesal quit to join politics. In a social media post, Faesal said he took the decision “to protest...

Citizenship Amendment Bill: Atoning for Partition or religion a criterion in secular India?

The Citizenship Amendment Bill was passed in Lok Sabha Tuesday. The Bill seeks to provide citizenship to Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis ...
alok verma

Alok Verma back as CBI chief but powerless: Setback for Modi govt or SC order lacks teeth?

A Supreme Court bench reinstated Alok Verma as CBI chief Tuesday. Verma was divested of his position in October by the Modi govt after a bitter public feud with...

Modi govt’s job quota for ‘weaker’ upper castes: Desperate poll sop or meeting aspirations?

With 2019 Lok Sabha elections nearing, the Union cabinet has approved 10 per cent reservation for ‘economically backward’ upper castes in government jobs. A Bil...
shagun notes

Modi govt nudged RBI for ‘shagun’ notes – Easing Hindu practices or irrational economics?

Before its disruptive demonetisation exercise in 2016, the Narendra Modi government was thinking of introducing bank notes of Rs 11 and Rs 21—denominations that...
awards

Should Filmfare and Star Screen stop separating awards into popular and critics’ choice categories?

Popular films may break box-office records but almost always fail to impress critics and not every work of cinematic genius is a mass entertainer. Indian film a...
ias

Proposal to treat each IAS application as attempt: Practical move or unfair to aspirants?

UPSC has proposed to the Modi government that each application for the civil service examination be counted as an attempt in itself. Currently, only taking the ...
smita prakash

Rahul Gandhi mocks Smita Prakash: Journalists under attack or part of partisan politics?

Rahul Gandhi is now the target of much ire for calling ANI editor Smita Prakash a ‘pliable journalist’ and describing her interview with Prime Minister Narendra...
sabarimala

Sabarimala cleaned after women enter: Faith in tradition or resistance to change?

Authorities temporarily shut down and cleaned the sanctum sanctorum of Sabarimala after two women below 50-years of age visited it in the early hours of Wednesd...
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Rahul Gandhi’s pitch that Modi is the worst doesn’t mean Congress is the best

Which constituency is Rahul Gandhi addressing? How exactly does he define his base? Or, does he even know what his base is?