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Jul 30, 2014

Big outlays, little spending: Why India should have two finance ministers

One problem with recent budgets is the huge spending proposed. But a lot of essential spending is also not happening, delaying economic revival. We may need an extra FM to ensure plan spending #Arun Jaitley #Finance minister #I-Day Speech #Narendra Modi #Plan Outlay #Union Budget 2014-15

Jul 28, 2014

Assembly polls will be agnipariksha for Modi and Amit Shah’s partnership

The by-elections to the Bihar assembly ijn August and five state assembly elections in October-December will finally seal, or weaken, the power of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah on the national firmament #Amit Shah #Arvind Kejriwal #Assembly Elections #BJP #Lalu Prasad #MNS #Modi #NC #Nitish Kumar #Politics Decoder #Shiv Sena

Jul 27, 2014

Changing direction: Jaitley heralds shift to low-tax economy

Despite presenting a compromise budget that had large elements of the UPA's approach in it, Arun Jaitley's recent articulations are indicative of a new direction. Budget 2015 will tell us if this is for real.
#Arun Jaitley #finance bill #Low Taxation #Pro-Business Policies #Union Budget 2014-15

Jul 25, 2014

Rajiv’s killers: NDA move may bring sanity to the death penalty debate

The NDA Solicitor-General has asked a five-judge Supreme Court bench how the families of the other victims in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination can be left out of the consultation process for the release of convicts. It is the right question to ask #Afzal Guru #Ajmal Kasab #Balwant Singh Rajaona #Death Penalty #InMyOpinion #Nalini #Rajiv Gandhi assassination #Rajiv Killers #Rajiv's killers #solicitor general

Jul 25, 2014

India’s open defecation crisis: Why bring Manusmriti into this?

The issue of open defecation is not a new point in any analysis of maternal and child health. What is wrong is reducing it all to the religious preferences of Hindus and Muslims. #Child Survival rates #Hadith #Hindus #Manusmriti #Muslims #open defecation #Sanitation #ToTheContrary

Jul 24, 2014

India’s schizophrenic vote on Gaza: Why we made a mistake

India's vote on the Gazan human rights violations is a case of head and heart being torn in different directions. But our vote against Israel is not finally a sign of hard-headed calculations. #Arab World #Gaza Human Rights #India-israel Ties #InMyOpinion #ISIS #Israel #Palestinians #Saudi Arabia #Terrorism

Jul 23, 2014

Katju affair brings to light judiciary vulnerability to govt pressure

Markandey Katju's whistle-blowing has bared all that is wrong with the collegium system of selecting judges, and how political pressure can be applied without anyone knowing about it. #CJI RC Lahoti #Gopal Subramanium #Judicial Corruption #Judicial Independence #KG Balakrishnan #Markandey Katju #Supreme Court collegium #YK Sabharwal

Jul 23, 2014

Lesson from Katju: Let’s stop fooling ourselves about ‘honest’ Manmohan

The biggest untruth we wanted to believe in was this one: that Manmohan Singh was an honest man caught in the tentacles of coalition dharma #CJI RC Lahoti #ConnectTheDots #Judicial Independence #Manmohan Singh #Markandey Katju #UPA Scams

Jul 22, 2014

SC shame: Katju’s allegation damns integrity of three Chief Justices of India

Former SC judge Markandey Katju's blog suggests that three former Supreme Court CJIs helped extend and promote an allegedly corrupt judge in Tamil Nadu. It suggests that the Supreme Court is vulnerable to political pressure. #CJI #ConnectTheDots #Judicial Corruption #KG Balakrishnan #Manmohan Singh #Markandeya Katju #RC Lahoti #The Judiciary #UPA 1 #YK Sabharwal

Jul 20, 2014

‘We are pro-business’: Jaitley makes first move to signal right-wing economic philosophy

Pro-business is not different from being pro-poor, said the FM. The surprise is this commonsensical statement is such a novelty in Indian political articulation. #Arun Jaitley #Budget debate #Right-Wing Philosophy #Tax #Union Budget 2014-15