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R Jagannathan

Sep 2, 2014

The real threat to Hinduism is patriarchy, not ‘Love’ or ‘Sex Jihad’

Love Jihad is a red herring when the real threat is patriarchy and patriarchal attitudes. Conversions are an issue for Hindus, but these need different handling #Casteism #Conversions #Hinduism #India #Love jihad #Patriarchy #Sangh Parivar #Sex Jihad

Aug 29, 2014

Jan Dhan: How PM Modi can prevent a fiscal stroke from his political masterstroke

The Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana can quite easily become an imprudent loan mela, or, worse, result in lots of bank accounts being opened without any financial transactions taking place. Here's how to prevent this from happening #Financial inclusion #Fiscal Crisis #HowThisWorks #Narendra Modi #Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana

Aug 29, 2014

Narendra Modi’s first 100 days weren’t bolder: But next 100 could be different

Modi has managed to disappoint more his fans and his critics by not living up to their expectations in the first 100 days. He is a non-doctrinaire politician whose first priority is to seal his hold on power before making bigger, bolder moves #Economy #Federalism #Foreign policy #India #Modi's 100 Days #Narendra Modi #Prime Minister Narendra Modi #Right wing

Aug 29, 2014

Najma Heptullah and Hindu debate: Why not call ourselves Sindhus instead?

Both India and Hindu are terms used by foreigners to describe us. Why not opt for Bharatiya or Sindhus? #Bharat #Hindus #India #Indus #Najma Heptulla #RSS #Sangh Parivar #ToTheContrary

Aug 27, 2014

The improbability of ‘Love Jihad’ and the challenge of conversions

Net-net, I believe that Love Jihad - apart from being a contradiction in terms, is improbable except at the margin. #BJP #Christianity #communalism #ConnectTheDots #Hinduism #Islam #Love jihad

Aug 26, 2014

Bihar Bypolls: Lalu takes away BJP’s shine, Nitish clings on

The bypoll results have been a setback for the BJP, but too much should not be read into them. In fact, in Bihar, the real loser is not just the BJP, but Nitish Kumar. #Aam Aadmi Party #Amit Shah #Arvind Kejriwal #Bihar bypolls #bypoll results #Haryana Janhit Congress #Lalu Prasad #Narendra Modi #Nitish Kumar #Politics #PoliticsDecoder #Punjab Results #Siddharamaiah

Aug 25, 2014

Govt Vs judiciary: Why the SC must back off and not encroach on executive domain

The confrontation that's brewing between executive and judiciary is partly because in the last 25 years the judiciary encroached onto executive space, aided by weak coalition governments who failed to assert themselves #ConnectTheDots #Executive Vs Judiciary #InMyOpinion #Judicial appointments #Judicial Independence #LoP #Markandey Katju #NJAC Bills #SH Kapadia

Aug 20, 2014

Mamata-mukt Bengal? BJP set to occupy entire opposition space in state

With the Left and the Congress in retreat, the BJP is seeing a rise in its fortunes in West Bengal. It is now positioning itself as the prime opposition to Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress #BJP #BJP in Bengal #illegal immigrants #Left Front #Mamata Banerjee #Modi #PoliticsDecoder #Trinamool Congress

Aug 20, 2014

It’s not about Kashmir: Like UPA, PM Modi is on the wrong track with Pakistan

Pakistan's creation as an ideological state based on religion and in opposition to India makes it a genetically defective nation-state, as on Pakistani journalist notes. Our strategy needs to deal with this reality, not the romance of peace. #HowThisWorks #India-Pakistan Ties #islamic-state #Muhammad Iqbal #Religion as Ideology #Terrorism #The Neighbourhood #Zia-ul-Haq

Aug 19, 2014

Federal power in exchange of GST: Modi should offer states a hard bargain

If Modi wants to accomplish much in five years, he should offer states a grand bargain: more legislative powers and less central intrusion if they sign up for GST. #Federal powers #Federalism #GST #Labour laws #Land acquisition #Modi #Vasundhara Raje