IAMC Weekly News Roundup – February 19th, 2017
In this issue of IAMC News Roundup
- PNB scam: Gokulnath Shetty admits to giving access of LoU issuing software to Nirav Modi’s aides
- Opposition seeks Bhagwat’s apology for ‘insulting’ Army
- ‘Failure of justice’: Former Bombay HC judge raises doubts over past hearings in Sohrabuddin case
- VHP yatra likely to polarise nation: CPI(M)
- In Modi’s India, journalists face bullying, criminal cases and worse
- Supreme Court notice on widow’s plea for fair probe into lynching
- New UGC regulations promote unbridled commercialisation of higher education: KSHEC
- BJP lawmaker from UP watches as son, supporters thrash toll booth worker
- Case against internet sensation Priya Prakash Varrier’s song for hurting religious sentiments
- Why Communalize the Murder and Rape of Minor in Kathua?
Opinions & Editorials
- The BJP Is Killing Our Institutions – By Derek O’Brien
- Narendra Modi diminished his office by selectively invoking Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament – By Swami Agnivesh
- Ease of doing scams – By Udayan Mukherjee
- Hindutva’s Desperate Attempt to Use Bhagat Singh Against Love – By Saurav Kumar
- BJP’s rath yatra 2.0 – NH Political Bureau
- As Elections Near, Rattled Sangh Parivar Plays Polarisation Game to Recover Lost Ground – By Sidharth Bhatia
When a Kerala Temple was in Need, Nambiarthodi Ali, a Muslim Gifted It a Pond (Feb 16, 2018, Sabrang India)
A Muslim at Kalikavu in the district has done his bit to promote communal harmony in the area. Nambiarthodi Ali, 45, has donated a pond situated in his land to a centuries-old temple. The committee of Kundada Shiva temple of Poroor panchayat near Wandoor had initially approached him to buy the pond and the bordering land area at market value. Instead, Ali, in the true spirit of communal harmony and co-existence, gifted the pond and land to the Hindu brethren, reports Deccan Chronicle.
“The pond is a must for the temple as per their custom. There is no pond in the temple land. Though they offered me a price, I decided to donate the pond which is meant for public use. There is nothing big in it,” says Ali. The temple committee felicitated Ali at a cultural event organised as part of Sivarathri celebrations at the temple on Tuesday.
“The temple was in dire need of a pond to keep up the religious traditions. We are happy that besides giving a pond, a strong message has also been conveyed to society through Ali’s gesture,” V. Shiva Shankaran, a committee member, told DC.…
PNB scam: Gokulnath Shetty admits to giving access of LoU issuing software to Nirav Modi’s aides (Feb 18, 2018, India Today)
In a latest development in the PNB-Nirav Modi scam, Gokulnath Shetty, former deputy manager of Punjab National Bank, who was arrested by the CBI on Saturday has made some explosive revelations. According to the investigating agency, Shetty has admitted to have unauthorised access to Level-5 password which is the key for the SWIFT software that is used to issue Letters of Undertaking (LoUs). (The Level-5 password is of the Assistant General Manager (AGM) level.)
He added that he shared the password with private people, essentially employees and directors of Nirav Modi’s company. PNB’s top brass has now got down to cleaning the Augean stables as red flags were raised at a conference call with officials of the Mumbai branch and in decisions long over due, several officials were served suspension notices.
Questions were asked as to why the mandatory three-year transfer was not done for Gokulnath Shetty and others. The logic that his services as a forex expert were required did not hold water. Shetty’s transfer orders came in 2013, bank sources said, but he was not given his relieving orders.
- 30 banks, including PNB, to face forensic audit to trace Nirav Modi fraud case’s footprint (Feb 17, 2018, New Indian Express)
- PNB fraud case: CBI questions Nirav Modi’s company CFO Vipul Ambani (Feb 19, 2018, Times Now)
- PNB fraud LIVE: 2G, Bofors collapsed, so will case against Nirav Modi, says billionaire’s lawyer (Feb 19, 2018, Business Today)
- Cong calls PM ‘Maun Modi’, questions his silence on Nirav Modi bank scam (Feb 20, 2018, Asian Age)
The Opposition on Monday latched on to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat’s reported remarks on the Army, demanding that he apologise to the nation and Prime Minister Narendra Modi clarify if he was in favour of a ‘private militia’ guarding India’s borders.
The parties charged Bhagwat with ‘insulting’ the armed forces and the country by claiming that in the eventuality of a battle to be fought, the RSS could mobilise itself in three days while the Indian Army would take six to seven months to do so.
Leading the charge, Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted that Bhagwat’s remark insulted the Indian tricolour. ‘The RSS Chief’s speech is an insult to every Indian, because it disrespects those who have died for our nation. It is an insult to our flag because it insults every soldier who ever saluted it. Shame on you Mr Bhagwat, for disrespecting our martyrs and our Army. #ApologiseRSS,’ he tweeted.…
- Enquiry must be made into RSS’ military goals, Bhagwat’s remark exposes party’s secret agenda (Feb 14, 2018, Siasat)
- RSS Appropriation of the Indian Freedom Struggle is Baseless (Feb 16, 2018, Sabrang India)
- RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat should stand at LoC: Asaduddin Owaisi (Feb 14, 2018, Siasat)
- It is RSS that makes Indian Authoritarianism Fascist: CPI(M) Resolution (Feb 14, 2018, Sabrang India)
‘Failure of justice’: Former Bombay HC judge raises doubts over past hearings in Sohrabuddin case (Feb 14, 2018, Scroll.in)
Several aspects of the hearings of the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case are “contrary to common sense” and point to the “failure of justice”, a former Bombay High Court judge has told The Indian Express. Justice Abhay M Thipsay, who retired as an Allahabad High Court judge in 2017, had ruled on four bail applications in the case, allowing bail to two of the accused in 2013 and 2014.
The Bombay High Court must take a look at the case again and “should exercise powers of revision and examine all these orders whether they are proper or not”, he said in an interview published on Wednesday. Thipsay said he had started reflecting on the case and revisiting the court orders after suspicions were raised over the death of Judge Brijgopal Harkishan Loya, who was hearing the case in 2014.
“This is failure of justice and of the justice delivery system,” Thipsay said in the interview published on Wednesday. “It is unusual that bail is denied to a number of accused for several years and then the court holds that there is no prima facie case against those accused. Lower level of officers are not discharged but senior officers are discharged though the nature of material against them is the same.”…
- I have seen the discharge orders, HC should examine these orders: Justice (retd) Abhay M Thipsay on Sohrabuddin case (Feb 14, 2018, Indian Express)
- “Senior Police Officials Conspired To Kill Sohrabuddin Sheikh,” Says Lawyer (Feb 14, 2018, NDTV)
- Judge Loya case: Testimony of ‘eyewitness’ judges unimpeachable, SC told (Feb 13, 2018, Indian Express)
- Checking Details, “Won’t Hesitate” To Probe Judge Loya Death: Top Court (Feb 19, 2018, NDTV)
Expressing concern over the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s ‘Ram Raj Rath Yatra’, which was flagged off on Wednesday in Ayodhya, the CPI(M) said it had the potential to trigger communal polarisation in the country.
The yatra intends to retrace the route of Lord Rama to Sri Lanka, as described in the Hindu epic Ramayana. The VHP has said that it aims, through this yatra, to administer a pledge to the people for the construction of Ram temple at the disputed site in Ayodhya. The Supreme Court is still hearing petitions on the status of the disputed site.…
“This yatra has an incendiary potential to sharpen communal polarisation in order to strengthen the communal Hindutva votebank for the RSS-BJP. There are grave implications of possibilities of communal tension, violence and mayhem,” the CPI(M) Polit Bureau said in a statement.…
- CPI(M) slams Centre over VHP’s Ayodhya-to-Rameswaram yatra (Feb 14, 2018, Hindu Bussinessline)
- What is Ram Rajya Rath Yatra? (Feb 13, 2018, Financial Express)
- Ayodhya case: 3 plaintiffs rule out out-of-court settlement (Feb 19, 2018, The Tribune)
- Uttar Pradesh government will accept SC verdict in Ayodhya dispute, says deputy chief minister (Feb 15, 2018, Scroll.in)
In Modi’s India, journalists face bullying, criminal cases and worse (Feb 14, 2018, Washington Post)
Rachna Khaira was a little-known crime reporter in a gritty industrial town in northern India until the first week of January, when she wrote a story that exposed a major privacy breach in a nationwide database of more than 1 billion Indians.
Officials were not amused by her sleuthing and filed a police complaint that accused Khaira, her newspaper and the alleged cybercriminals of forgery and other offenses punishable by 30 years in jail. The country’s editors guild condemned Khaira’s treatment, protesters marched in the streets, and former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden sent a tweet supporting the new whistleblower, saying she deserved “an award, not an investigation.”
Times are tough for journalists in India, where many reporters and editors say it is becoming increasingly difficult to do their jobs. Loyalists to the country’s powerful Hindu nationalist prime minister, Narendra Modi, have bullied editors into taking down critical stories, hushed government bureaucrats and shifted from the common practice of filing defamation cases to lodging more-serious criminal complaints, which can mean jail time and take years in India’s overburdened court system.…
- Kolkata: Hindutva outfit’s leader, three others arrested for allegedly attacking journalists (Feb 14, 2018, Scroll.in)
- ‘I embraced Islam and married Shafin Jahan of my own will,’ Hadiya tells SC (Feb 20, 2018, Times of India)
- Ghar wapsi rally: Hindu Samhati members in judicial custody (Feb 18, 2018, Indian Express)
- 42 Year Old Akbar Tamboli Beaten to Death, Two Arrested: Kopargaon, Maharashtra (Feb 18, 2018, Sabrang India)
The Supreme Court has issued notices on a plea for a fair and independent probe into the lynching of a Muslim migrant labourer from West Bengal in Rajasthan’s Rajsamand district.
The plea was made on Friday before a three-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra. Senior advocate Indira Jaisingurged the court to also consider the widow, Gulbahar Bibi, for compensation. The man has three daughters, she said, but did not insist on any immediate relief for the family.
The CJI, sitting alongside Justice AM Khanwilkar, immediately issued notices on her plea. The notices were served on a counsel who appears for the Central Bureau of Investigation frequently. Bibi has among other things sought a curb on the circulation of a rather gruesome video purportedly showing her husband, Mohammed Afrazul, being hacked and later set on fire. The 48-year-old man was allegedly targeted over an alleged love jihad case.…
- Man Who Hacked Muslim to Death on Camera in Rajasthan Makes New Hate Videos From Jail (Feb 19, 2018, The Wire)
- In UP, ‘BJP men’ thrash SHO for trying to save Muslims (Feb 17, 2018, Times of India)
- ‘Modi govt giving backdoor amnesty to Samjhauta train blast perpetrators’ (Feb 20, 2018, Ummid.com)
- Mohsin Shaikh murder case: Supreme Court quashes bail granted to three accused by Bombay High Court (Feb 9, 2018, Indian Express)
New UGC regulations promote unbridled commercialisation of higher education: KSHEC (Feb 21, 2018, Times of India)
Kerala State Higher Education Council has expressed concerns over the possible repercussions of the latest University Grants Commission(UGC) regulations on autonomous colleges.
The meeting chaired by the council vice chairman Rajan Gurukkal opined that the new regulation was aimed at promoting unbridled commercialisation of higher education. It would not only topple the idea of social justice but would also make higher education unreachable for common people.
The regulation cut down the administrative powers of the state government and restrict the higher education council’s efforts to maintain quality. It would render the universities powerless, the emergency meeting of the council executive said.…
- Hindutva Politics in Command at DU, Complaints Mount of Teacher (Dis)Orientation (Feb 19, 2018, The Wire)
- Expert committee to review books bought by Maharashtra government for schools (Feb 15, 2018, Hindustan Times)
- Send pics, videos to prove students saw PM Modi’s chat, schools told (Feb 20, 2018, Times of India)
- Prasar Bharati rejects Ministry’s directives (Feb 16, 2018, The Hindu)
The son and supporters of a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader in Uttar Pradesh were caught on CCTV thrashing a toll plaza employee on Tuesday.
A video showed that as MLA Pooran Prakash’s car was passing through the toll plaza, a barricade fell on the roof of it. Following which, the son and supporters came out of the car and thrashed the staffer at Mahuvan toll plaza.
Prakash was sitting inside the car when the entire episode took place. Despite this, the BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh’s Baldev constituency remained adamant and blamed the toll plaza employees for the entire incident.…
- On Cam: Uttar Pradesh BJP MLA’s Son, Supporters Thrash Toll Plaza Staffer For Dropping Barrier On MLA’s Speeding Car (Feb 14, 2018, Outlook)
- Rahul trains guns on Shah’s son to attack Modi on graft (Feb 13, 2018, Deccan Herald)
- Jay Shah defamation case: Gujarat High Court restores gag order against The Wire (Feb 20, 2018, First Post)
- Protectionism Charge Against Modi As India Hikes Import Duties To Its Highest In 3 Decades (Feb 15, 2018, Outlook)
Case against internet sensation Priya Prakash Varrier’s song for hurting religious sentiments (Feb 14, 2018, Indian Express)
An FIR has been registered against Omar Lulu, the director of upcoming Malayalam film ‘Oru Adaar Love’ over the lyrics of ‘Manikya Malaraya Poovi’, one of the songs in the movie. The complainants, Zaheer Ali Khan, Muqeeth Khan, residents of Falaknuma in Hyderabad, alleged that the Priya Prakash Varrier’s song, which has become an internet sensation now, when translated to English, hurts the sentiments of Muslims as it makes derogatory references to the Prophet. They have demanded that either the song is removed from the film or the lyrics are changed.
“When I first saw the viral video I fell in love it. I watched it so many times and shared it many times. I wanted to know the meaning of the song so I got the original Malayalam lyrics and translated it online and also took help of some people. I found that the song referred to the romance between the prophet and his wife Khadija. It is inappropriate and an insult to the prophet. I showed it our elders and we decided to lodge a complaint. I am not against the film or the actors. I am not against the film’s release also. We are only protesting against this song because it hurts sentiments of Muslims,” Muqeeth told The Indian Express.
“Following the complaint, we took legal opinion and subsequently a case under IPC section 295A (hurting religious sentiments) has been registered against the film’s director, Omar Lulu,” Assistant Commissioner of Police (Falaknuma division) Syed Fayaz told PTI.…
- Indian bishops condemn rise in religion-based hate crime (Feb 16, 2018, Christian Today)
- After stopping Haj subsidy, BJP offers to send Christians to Jerusalem – for free (Feb 14, 2018, Times of India)
- Campaign for minorities’ welfare: One lakh signatures collected, civil rights body to meet CM Rupani (Feb 14, 2018, Indian Express)
- Bhopal Gas Tragedy Victims Say MP Government, RSS Men Forced Them to Leave Poll-Bound Mungaoli (Feb 19, 2018, The Wire)
Members of right-wing group Hindu Ekta Manch recently carried a protest rally against the arrest of Special Police Officers Deepak Khujaria and Surinder Kumar by Crime Branch, for their involvement in the rape and murder case of the minor girl in Kathua’s Hira Nagar.
Vijay Sharma, a BJP leader and the organizer of the rally, threatened that if the state’s Crime Branch continued to “frame and harass” its members they would “disturb the situation” in the province.… Not long ago, in December, there was a similar march by right-winger across Rajasthan’s Rajsamand and Udaipur district who protested against the arrest of Shambulal Raigar, the one who burnt 45-year-old labourer Mohammad Afrazul in a horrific manner.
…the protest has hurt the sentiments of people in the state.”By this act of utmost shamelessness, these (fascists) have clearly shown that for their religious fantasy they can stoop to any low because honor and dignity of women folk and life of a human holds no value to them,” an amalgam of resistance leaders (JRL) in Kashmir, stated in a statement. Jammu and Kashmir’s Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti… was horrified by protesters use of our national flag in these demonstrations, “this is nothing short of desecration,” she said. Meanwhile, many others in Kashmir region showed disgust over why there was no debate in noisy news channels over this protest rally and why no anchor was fuming with anger.…
- Communalisation of Kathua Rape-And-Murder Case Shameful: National Conference (Feb 18, 2018, NDTV)
- ‘You Value a Rape at Rs 6500? Are You Doing Charity?’: SC Asks Madhya Pradesh (Feb 15, 2018, News18.com)
- Meerut: Dalits Protest RSS Use of ‘Untouchable’ for Saint-Poets in Hoardings (Feb 20, 2018, The Wire)
- Dalit protests across Guj, Jignesh Mevani detained (Feb 19, 2018, Free Press Journal)
Opinions and Editorials
Recent statements by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) functionaries mocking and undermining the Indian Army come in a context. They symbolise the willingness of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government and its ideological partners to brush aside cherished national and constitutional institutions to order to promote a divisive political agenda.
They represent a cultural war against what the Indian nation-state stands for. In a country with an official military and legitimate police forces, why would a private and supposedly non-political organisation be speaking about armed mobilisation by non-state actors and militia?
And yet even ministers of the government rushed to defend RSS’ opinions on the army. Many of the so-called “bright”, “modern” and “liberal” faces of the council of ministers happily became ministers of sangh, rather than ministers of state. They came out with convenient and specious logic to defend this crazy world view.… I would appeal to all opposition parties and all citizens in fact to come together to discuss and challenge the toxic atmosphere in our institutions. The battle in 2019 is not just to remove the BJP – it is to detox our democracy.
- Mohan Bhagwat Threatens To Overrun Indian Republic With Hindutva Mercenaries – By Shamsul Islam (Feb 16, 2018, News Click)
- Bhagwat’s Better-Than-Army Comment And Brownshirts’ Appeal To Replace The German Army – By Bharat Bhushan (Feb 14, 2018, Outlook)
- What RSS & Mohan Bhagwat Can Learn From a Secular Indian Army – By Ashok K Mehta (Feb 14, 2018, The Quint)
- Militarising Hindus Is a Long-Standing Unaccomplished Project of Hindu Nationalists – By Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay (Feb 14, 2018, The Wire)
Narendra Modi diminished his office by selectively invoking Mahatma Gandhi in Parliament – By Swami Agnivesh (Feb 20, 2018, Scroll.in)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tirade in Parliament against Opposition parties, the Congress in particular, struck me as the desecration of the temple of Indian democracy. This is for two reasons. First, the prime minister, who heads a democratically-elected government, should not behave like the party pugilist. He is under oath to be prime minister to the whole of India, and this includes the Opposition parties.
It is blatantly dishonest for him to swear by the Constitution to be non-partisan in the discharge of his duties as prime minister, and then to spout partisan venom in Parliament. Modi’s predecessor, Manmohan Singh, may have lacked his rhetorical flamboyance and charisma, but he unfailingly upheld the dignity of the office he held.
…It is also astonishing how little the Modi camp cares for how the country at large feels about the way things are. This is despite evident electoral distress signals emerging from diverse pockets. More are sure to follow. The prime minister’s unsavoury parliamentary performance, marking an all-time low in parliamentary propriety, can only swell the rising tide of disenchantment and alarm across India.…
- Modi in Parliament: Poverty, Farmers’ Suicides, Unemployment, Hindutva Terrorism, Rapes, Violence Against Working Class Are No Problems, But Nehru Is – By Shamsul Islam (Feb 17, 2018, Mainstream)
- Denying Nehru his due – By Ashutosh Varshney (Feb 14, 2018, Indian Express)
- Sectarian Politics and the Partition of India: The Targeting of Nehru and the Congress – By Anil Nauriya (Feb 17, 2018, Mainstream)
- Communalism – In The Light Of India’s Freedom Movement – By Sonie Kharduit (Feb 17, 2018, Shillong Times)
India is a corrupt nation. The stain of it is so pervasive in our everyday lives that it should hardly surprise us when big scams are unearthed, periodically. In fact, what is surprising is that they don’t happen, or aren’t reported, more often.
The public-sector banking system is the perfect gateway for most crooks seeking to perpetrate a major scam. Its army of low paid managers – always on the look out for the extra buck – lack of preventive systems and close linkages with people in power make it the most fertile ground for such frauds.
According to the RBI, PSU banks reported loan frauds of Rs 61,260 crore over the last five years. Add the recent Nirav Modi scam and the number swells to Rs 73,000 crore. These are reported frauds. It is safe to infer that a large part of the current bad loans with PSU banks is also the result of fraudulent deals struck by corrupt bankers in collusion with errant businessmen. Taking kickbacks to sign off on loans worth hundreds of crores, knowing that the money won’t come back, is every bit a scam, though it may technically not be labelled one. The actual size of scams facilitated by PSU banks would run into lakhs of crores. We keep a lid on it, to limit public outrage.…
- Narendra Modi post Nirav Modi: PM’s image as an ‘outsider’ who can cleanse the system has taken a beating – By Ajay Singh (Feb 20, 2018, First Post)
- How PNB fraud will affect govt’s ability to mobilise big money – By Mihir S Sharma (Feb 17, 2018, Business Standard)
- How Many Billionaires Will Get Away While India’s ‘Chowkidar’ Looks On? – By Swati Chaturvedi (Feb 19, 2018, The Wire)
- Punjab National Bank fraud: Why PNB with a scam of Rs 11,400-cr has been defrauded more than even SBI – By Vivek Kaul (Feb 20, 2018, First Post)
Hindutva’s Desperate Attempt to Use Bhagat Singh Against Love – By Saurav Kumar (Feb 14, 2018, The Wire)
…It is well known that when it comes to twisting facts, appropriating icons of India’s freedom movement, such as Bhagat Singh, and even circulating fake news on social media, none can beat the Hindutva groups. For, playing around with historical dates and their significance to whip up hatred mainly works to the advantage of the divisive Hindutva agenda.
Take the case of Valentine’s Day, which falls on February 14. On the eve of Valentine’s Day in 2011, some people spread a rumour that the revolutionary freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru were hanged by the British government on February 14.
The zealots went on to spread this misinformation through Wikipedia. As The Hindu reported , “The Wikipedia page on Bhagat Singh underwent many editing changes on February 13 and 14, Valentine’s Day.” The date of his hanging had been changed from March 23, 1931, to February 14, 1931. On Twitter, this misinformation spread like a fire.…
- De-Coding VD Savarkar’s ‘Hindutva’ – By KS Subramanian (Feb 18, 2018, Sabrang India)
- The Business of the Hindutva Militias – By Shafeeque Salman K (Feb 12, 2018, News Click)
- The price of Hindutva? – By Tavleen Singh (Feb 11, 2018, Indian Express)
- Resisting Saffronisation of Textbooks: Karnataka’s Success Story – By Suresh Bhat (Feb 20, 2018, Sabrang India)
…Ram temple may be an emotive religious issue with millions of Lord Ram’s devotees. But it is simply an electoral issue for the BJP and its parent Sangh Parivar. Between mid-1980s and early 1990s, the Sangh and its allies like VHP used the temple issue to catapult BJP onto the national scene and it succeeded in its gameplan.…
Also, the BJP understands that Modi’s vikas plank has been badly exposed. The results of the Gujarat polls and the Rajasthan by-elections have also come as a substantial jolt for the party. As the Prime Minister has consistently failed to deliver on his electoral promises and instead has been repeatedly trying to deflect attention to the Congress and its past leadership, people have started getting tired of hearing the same things for four years coupled with zero delivery on promises.…
So, in this situation, the Sangh Parivar needs an emotive issue to hoodwink people all over again. Ram temple is one issue that can drive up the BJP’s electoral prospects, especially in the Hindi heartland where it is sinking rapidly, the Sangh believes.… The Sangh and its political front, BJP, must not be given free ground to use religion for their electoral politics.…The BJP is a political party that organises riots to win elections. The Opposition must give them no quarter and take nothing back.
- Road to 2019: VHP insistence on flagging off rath yatra makes Adityanath skip ceremony in Ayodhya – By Dhirendra K Jha (Feb 14, 2018, Scroll.in)
- Rath Yatra politics: A fixed match between AIMPLB and Sangh Parivar – By Zafar Agha (Feb 13, 2018, National Herald)
As Elections Near, Rattled Sangh Parivar Plays Polarisation Game to Recover Lost Ground – By Sidharth Bhatia (Feb 12, 2018, The Wire)
There is no mistaking a new sense of urgency in the BJP and the larger Sangh parivar. The results in the Gujarat elections and Rajasthan bypolls point to rising popular dissatisfaction with the party.
Eight state-level elections, including in Rajasthan and Karnataka, are on the way and by May next year, perhaps earlier, the general elections will be held.
Current wisdom holds that the BJP will not get the 282 seats it got in 2014 and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi could either be leading a shaky coalition or worse, not even return as prime minister, since coalition partners may want someone who is more accommodative to their concerns.…
- India in a corner: Beneath the foreign policy bluster is a great floundering – By Pratap Bhanu Mehta (Feb 15, 2018, Indian Express)
- ‘When a Close-Knit Society Is Polarised, It Turns Into Something Monstrous’ – By Sajai Jose (Feb 13, 2018, The Wire)
- In Kerala, Adivasis continue to fight for land rights 15 years after violent agitation – By TA Ameerudheen (Feb 19, 2018, Scroll.in)
- Do the Assaults in Haryana’s Mahendragarh Follow a Pattern? – By Sanjam Preet Singh (Feb 13, 2018, The Wire)