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Jun 28, 2016

Chennai murders are dent in city’s reputation: It’s time for Jayalalithaa to crack the whip

In 2012, shortly after Jaya came to power, five suspects of a bank robbery were shot dead in Chennai. Human rights activists flayed the incident and some even went to court asking for action against the police. However, both the people and the court sided with the police. #Chennai #Chennai murders #Chennai police #CriticalPoint #Jayalalithaa #murders #Police

Jun 18, 2016

Jisha murder: Why are people cynical despite Kerala police recent ‘breakthrough’?

The cynicism widely shared by the people cannot be brushed aside. The police ought to answer all the questions related to Jisha murder case #CriticalPoint #Jisha murder case #Justice for Jisha #Kerala Police #LDF govt #Pinarayi Vijayan #UDF

Jun 15, 2016

Tamil Nadu’s resistance to GST is also a continuation of its assertion of political autonomy

Tamil Nadu’s apparent fear is the loss of autonomy than loss of revenue when the country steamrolls uniform systems on an un-uniform country. #Arun Jaitley #Business #CriticalPoint #Finance minister #GST #India #Jammu and Kashmir #Politics #Tamil Nadu

Jun 12, 2016

Politics of language: Centre promoting Hindi in South, Northeast India smacks of parochialism

When a national government bats for Hindi, and not 22 other languages that are also deemed official, it smacks of parochialism. The type that could breed resentment. A national government cannot be parochial. #Andhra Pradesh #ConnectTheDots #Dravidian movement #Hindi #Indira Gandhi #Jayalalithaa #Jitendra Singh #Kerala #northeast India #Northeastern states #SMK #South India #Tamil Nadu

Jun 9, 2016

TN’s move on IT staff unions is bold; don’t mind hyperbolic reactions from sector

Forecasts on growth and technology-adaptation in the IT sector indicate difficult situations ahead; it’s time to think about protecting the IT staff too #Infosys #IT staff union #Mohandas Pai #Tamil Nadu #TCS

Jun 7, 2016

Why Narendra Modi’s US visits make the sick and poor in India anxious

The fear is that if Narendra Modi capitulates to US pressure on India’s Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) regime, which it has been overtly and covertly exerting for years, it will make many lifesaving drugs unaffordable #Barack Obama #big pharma #ConnectTheDots #Gilead #India-US Relations #intellectual property rights #Narendra Modi #Patent #pharmaceuticals #TRIPS #USITC

Jun 3, 2016

Om Puri’s serenade in New Delhi: Why BJP is the magnet for ageing actors?

With veteran actor Om Puri also throwing his weight around Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the stream of Bollywood oldies making a beeline to the BJP seems to be getting stronger. #actors #Anupam Kher #BJP #Bollywood #ConnectTheDots #Delhi #Narendra Modi #Om Puri #Raveena Tandon

May 30, 2016

Mullaperiyar issue: Kerala CM Pinarayi’s bold new stand is better for ties with TN

In other words, at least obliquely, Pinarayi doesn’t agree with the consensus view Kerala has drummed up over the years that the dam is unsafe. #CPI(M) #CPM #HowThisWorks #Kerala #KT Thomas #Mullaperiyar #Mullaperiyar Dam #Pinarayi Vijayan #Supreme Court #Tamil Nadu

May 25, 2016

Pinarayi Vijayan takes oath as CM: Is he the leader for whom Kerala was waiting?

As Pinarayi Vijayan swears in as the new Chief Minister of Kerala on Wednesday, there is a lot of optimism in the air. #Chief minister #ConnectTheDots #CPI #JD(S) #Kerala #LDF #NCP #Oomen Chandy #Pinarayi Vijayan #VS Achuthanandan