Articles by RN Bhaskar
Sep 19, 2017
Govt support for 'godmen' like Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh shows State isn't ready to keep its nose out of religious affairsThough a 2014 Supreme Court judgment told the government to keep away from managing religion, State support for godmen like Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh shows it isn't willing to do so
Sep 06, 2017
State created vacuum of real spiritual leaders, helped flourish self-styled gurus like Gurmeet Ram RahimState's meddling with Hindu temple finances emasculated real spiritual gurus of their power, allowed self-styled gurus like Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Asaram Baput to flourish
Sep 05, 2017
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's conviction for rape is ground for take over of Dera; why is Haryana govt pussyfooting?For the last few days, the media has been buzzing about certain "high-level" meetings taking place at the 700 acre enclave of the Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) in Sirsa, Haryana.
Jul 05, 2017
Narendra Modi's Israel visit: How New Delhi and Tel Aviv can draw on mutual dependencies to boost relationsExpect more government to government tie-ups followed by more and more joint ventures between businesses
Jun 05, 2017
Maharashtra farmers strike: A handy tool for Congress and NCP to hide 65 years of self-enrichmentRecent investigations into how funds meant for irrigation had got siphoned away for decades, show how callous former governments have been to the plight of farmers
May 23, 2017
Maharashtra's rural revolution-2: Dairy, livestock and fisheries help de-risk the farmerThe total outlay for the poultry project will be Rs.200 crore.
May 11, 2017
Govt's refusal to tax agriculture raises many questions; it goes against principles of equalityWhen milk processing and poultry can be taken as non-agricultural income, surely sale of agricultural land, income from cash crops and other such activities can easily be considered as non-agricultural income
May 03, 2017
Digitisation, epayments in big mess? With no regulation in place, customers face the risk of scamsThe rules of engagement between private players on the one hand (like PayTM, PayU, PhonePE, Rupay, VISA and Mastercard, among many others), and the banks where businesses and individuals park their money on the other, have not yet been clearly defined
Apr 28, 2017
Shift to cashless: Are Mumbai municipality's finance, IT depts hoodwinking citizens?Why is the government going ahead with epayments without first putting a regulator into place?
Apr 20, 2017
Petrol pumps to remain shut on Sundays: Fuel conscious? Or merely money-conscious?Could it be that the privileges these pump owners once enjoyed – of cash transactions, of favourable deals and of shortchanging customers – are now coming to a close in a digitized and more transparent age?