articles by Nalini R Mohanty

Politics

Nitish Kumar's Mahagathbandhan exit likely to alienate Pasmanda Muslims in Bihar

Ali Anwar’s revolt against Nitish Kumar’s recent somersault has raised fresh questions about the direction Pasmanda (backward) Muslim politics will take.

India

India-US-Japan Malabar exercise is an assertion of New Delhi's independence, foreign policy and self-confidence

The United States and India have, therefore, a shared objective to contain China. The Malabar exercise is meant to precisely do that, though the diplomatic sophistry describes it as a routine maritime drill.

World

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Israel visit was high on optics but low on delivery

There was big hype surrounding Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Israel visit; naturally so, as it was the first visit by an Indian prime minister to a country which has earned notoriety worldwide because of the military occupation of Arab territory for half a century.

First Cricket News

SC must make Lodha Committee recommendations judicially enforceable to ensure transparency in BCCI

It is necessary for SC to give a verdict making the Lodha recommendations judicially enforceable by BCCI. If the Apex Court does not take a final call soon, all the good work done by it in the last one year to set the BCCI in order will gradually fritter away.

Politics

Nasim Zaidi pushes for electoral reforms: On his way out, CEC fires shots at govt over transparency, political funding

In a series of newspaper interviews on Sunday, Nasim Zaidi, the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) who retires on 5 July, pointed to a slew of proposed electoral reforms that deserve national attention.

India

Byculla Jail violence: Indrani Mukerjea, other inmates should be applauded for standing up to atrocities

The charge against Indrani, as made out by the police, is that she learnt from the morning newspapers about the injured inmate's death and informed her fellow inmates.

World

Narendra Modi-Donald Trump meet: PM did better than Angela Merkel, but played it safe like Theresa May

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi met US President Donald Trump on Monday evening (early hours of Tuesday in India), he was the fifth major leader of the world to call on the newly-elected US chief executive since the changeover of power happened in January this year.

Business

Can we lift the poor out of their poverty by paying them Rs 21 per day? The CEA and the FM think so

The paltry sum of Rs 21 per day would still be a revolutionary gift if it would be given by a sensitive government as an add-on benefit to the poor

World

UK Election 2017: While British, US youth lurch Left, India's young stay firmly in Narendra Modi's corner

It is an indisputable fact that the results of the British general election firmly established the credentials of Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, as a serious contender for prime minister.

World

UK Election 2017: Theresa May gambled on snap polls, but failed to do an Indira or Thatcher

The Conservative Party’s rather unspectacular show in the General Election in the UK has shown that Theresa May’s gamble on a snap election has backfired

India

Farmers' protest in Maharashtra, MP: Both BJP-ruled agrarian states need long-term policy measures

At least six farmers were killed and eight others were critically injured on Tuesday when the police resorted to firing to subdue the protesting farmers in Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh.

Politics

New IIP data offers cheer for Congress but the party fails to bring home the point

New series IIP estimate catapaults the industrial growth of under the UPA rule more than six times and pegs it at 3.35 percent

Politics

Yogi Adityanath deciding to not sanction the prosecution of Yogi Adityanath is mocking the justice system

But the question is — can anybody imagine Yogi Adityanath voluntarily submitting himself, if he has the power to take a call on whether or not to do so, to the due legal process in order to uphold the majesty of law?

Business

Why NPA ordinance gives an easy escape route to corrupt bankers

The public sector bankers clearly live by the principle: sink the taxpayers’ money in dubious deals and when you go bust ask for more taxpayers’ money to carry on the cycle!

World

Emmanuel Macron, like Arvind Kejriwal, won with an anti-graft platform: Will he avoid Delhi CM's fate?

Emmanuel Macron’s spectacular victory in the French presidential election on Sunday — despite the last-day hiccup due to the hacking of his mails — has become a talking point across the world for a variety of reasons

Business

Infosys COO's salary hike: Narayana Murthy was right in raising issue, it holds good for corporate India too

Pravin Rao, COO, an Infosys veteran whom Murthy had recruited in the '80s, was given a spectacular raise from Rs 4.5 crore a year to Rs 7 crore a year.

India

Supreme Court's highway liquor ban can be criticised for being simplistic, but not for judicial overreach

The Supreme Court order on 31 March reaffirming its earlier decision (15 December, 2016) to ban liquor vending along the national and state highways has given rise to a whale of protest.

Business

GST a bold reform, but the 4-tier tax rates seem to be a backdoor manipulation of taxation system

If both the central and state governments were honest – if the GST Council were not to mince words – then they could have said candidly that the highest rate within the GST would be around 60 percent

India

Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid issue: SC should let the matter lie, rather than mediate on it

The Chief Justice of India last week offered mediation by a Supreme Court judge, not excluding himself, in the Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid dispute that has remained unresolved for the past 70 years

Politics

Assembly Election Results 2017: Can Congress resurrect itself or is it on a path of irreversible decline?

The biggest takeaway from the election results of the five states is that Narendra Modi’s BJP continues to be on a roll and Rahul Gandhi’s Congress is on the verge of decimation, having been decisively routed in Uttar Pradesh, and in Uttarakhand.