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R Jagannathan

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

Aug 19, 2014

Is Vijayawada next AP capital? Naidu should go with 5 Smart Cyberpurams

The concept of having all-powerful state capitals is past its sell-by date in the age of cyber prowess. New states that start from scratch have the option of taking the road less travelled. #Andhra Capital #Chandrababu Naidu #Hyderabad #InMyOpinion #Sivaramakrishnan Committee #Vijayawada

Aug 18, 2014

NJAC vs Collegium system: Why effective shortlisting will be the key

The volume of judicial appointments likely to come up before the NJAC is large; but it is not any larger than what came up before the Supreme Court collegium it is set to replace. Success depends on having an effective system of shortlisting #Collegium System #ConnectTheDots #High Courts #National Judicial Appointments Commission #Retiring Judges #Supreme Court

Aug 17, 2014

Meet Narendra de Gaulle, India’s ‘Republican Monarch’

Is Narendra Modi more Charles de Gaulle than Thatcher or Reagan? One thing is certain: he derives his authority directly from the people, and in this he is more closely linked to the aam aadmi that any of our previous prime ministers #Charles de Gaulle #FreeIndia #Independence Day #Lee Kuan Yew #Margaret Thatcher #Modi At Red Fort #Modi's I-Day Speech #Modi's Independence Day speech #narendra #PoliticalPlay #Ronald Reagan

Aug 16, 2014

MPLADS Squared: Modi’s political calculations in Adarsh Gaon scheme

With the launch of the Adarsh Gaon scheme for which funds will be routed through MPs, what is Modi really trying to achieve? An analysis. #Modi At Red Fort #Modi's I-Day Speech #MPLADS #MPs #Narendra Modi #PoliticsDecoder #Saansad Adarsh Gaon Scheme

Aug 16, 2014

Judicial supremacy Vs Parliament: Why NJAC is better than the collegium system

While the National Judicial Appointment Commission may not be the best way of appointing judges, we can't make the good the enemy of the best. It is anyway a darn sight better than the opaque collegium system of appointing judges. #BJP #CJI #ConnectTheDots #Constitutional Amendment #Law Minister #Lok Sabha #Modi government #National Judicial Appointments Bill #NDA #parliament #Rajya Sabha

Aug 16, 2014

PM Modi’s I-Day speech: Don’t complain, become karma yogis instead

Despite the repetition of many of his old slogans and messages, Narendra Modi's is essentially asking Indians to start doing things and not expect others to do things for them. #I-Day Speech #Message to The Nation #Modi At Red Fort #Narendra Modi #PoliticsDecoder

Aug 15, 2014

Modi’s most poignant I-Day message: We have to focus on how we bring up our boys

A point which has been made less before, Narendra Modi's I-Day speech asked parents to focus on what their boys are upto and not just their girls. This is a subject we need to discuss more deeply, We don't know how to bring up our boys. #FreeIndia #Independence Day #Modi's I-Day Speech #Narendra Modi #Rape #Safety of Women #VAW