Increasingly, it is appearing that the people of India will have to extract happy days from the Narendra Modi-led BJP government. Otherwise, growing economic burdens will continue to break our backs and increasing social and communal tensions will deepen our insecurities. The pervasive duplicity employed by the NDA government is on full display.
The economy is going downhill on a range of indicators. The NDA should focus on public investment, not serve interests of capital
The current winter session of Parliament began later than usual, tailored to accommodate our prime minister’s ever growing foreign visits. Soon after the session began, he has taken off again to attend the climate change conference in Paris, to make a three-minute intervention.
India does not require dream merchants, but a leadership with a vision that will save the people from the present state of misery.
The ruling dispensation is resorting to ways that are not in keeping with the promises it made when it came to power last year.
While the people were promised development, the only agenda pursued so far has been that of communal polarisation writes Sitaram Yechury
The RSS and the prime minister are carrying forward gross distortions of history as assertions of ‘faith’, writes Sitaram Yechury.
The Centre is rewriting history to control the present and shape the future. Can we permit this change to happen to our modern secular democratic republic?
Instead of implementing the many promises they made to the people procuring their mandate in the 2014 elections, the singular agenda that the Modi government is vigorously pursuing is to advance the RSS agenda.
Instead of resisting pressure from the West, the NDA government is preparing a voluntary target of cuts in carbon emissions for the Paris summit writes Sitaram Yechury
Debates on the apparent inadequacies in our justice delivery system strengthen the internal dynamics of our democracy.
A fundamental question regarding the role of Parliament in our constitutional republic has come to the forefront in the background of the current disruptions. The issues under contention causing these disruptions are the serious allegations of misuse of office pertaining to the Union minister for external affairs and the chief minister of Rajasthan
Authoritarian expression is one face of the trimoorti this government is sculpting. The other two are the aggressive pursuit of anti-people economic reforms and the unscrupulous recourse to sharpening communal polarisation.
What we need today is not activities promoting the sectarian agenda, but concrete measures to remove the gross deprivation of our people
Banning student study circles that discuss social inequality is the surest manner in which India’s future will face greater peril
The results of the 15th general elections were declared on May 16, 2014, and the Narendra Modi-led government was sworn in on May 24. Technically, therefore, the first year of the Modi government will end in a few days.
The West and the Indian government are failing to commemorate the end of fascism on May 9, 1945 for their own political ends
In his, by now ‘compulsory’ address on the State-owned radio, Mann ki baat, on March 22, Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the combined Opposition in Parliament opposing the amendments moved by this government to the land acquisition Bill, 2013 of spreading a pack of ‘lies’ as a ‘conspiracy’ to undermine farmers’ interests.
Modi marking this martyrdom is ironic also in the sense that while the PMO occasionally tweets the PM’s non-public utterances urging the ‘spirit of tolerance’, the PM brazenly refused to give any assurance to Parliament that action, as prescribed by the existing Indian Penal Code, will be taken against Cabinet ministers and BJP MPs for their vicious communal statements.
Despite the unprecedented embarrassment the Modi government recently faced in the Rajya Sabha, it continues to seek the circumvention of parliamentary procedures. It moved to withdraw three crucial Bills from the Upper House.
The focus of this Budget session of Parliament will, naturally, be on the economy, particularly how two contradictory electoral promises, which ironically fused together to fashion Narendra Modi’s victory, will be reconciled.
The ‘Modi magic’ seems to be waning a little too fast. Slogans like achhe din aanewale hain creating illusions of prosperity and the pursuit of hardcore communal polarisation at the ground level, welded together to give them electoral victories.
‘Administrative arrangements’ for civil nuclear cooperation will only contribute to the US’ economic recovery at India’s expense
After communally polarising the country, the BJP is now ruling through ordinance. This undermines the very essence of our democracy, writes CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury.
The current RS impasse is a reflection of the furious unfolding of the Modi govt’s ‘lethal cocktail’ — selling grandiose illusions of ‘prosperity’ through ‘development’ while unleashing rabid communal polarisation, writes Sitaram Yechury.
The route to put our economy back on a high-growth trajectory lies in expanding domestic demand by generating employment through public investments to build our much-needed economic, writes Sitaram Yechury.
Remembering Nehru must mean that the RSS/BJP is not allowed to inscribe their 'thought and reverie' on the ancient palimpsest of India. This requires the reversal of the present neoliberal economic reforms trajectory, writes Sitaram Yechury.
The central government is pursuing the diabolic agenda of anti-people economic reforms and communal polarisation. This is ‘vote bank politics’ of the worst order, writes Sitaram Yechury.
Modi's agenda seems to be clear: Transform the secular, democratic Indian Republic into the RSS vision of a rabidly intolerant fascistic ‘Hindu rashtra’ while simultaneously reducing ourselves to being a subordinate ally of US imperialism, writes Sitaram Yechury.
The dismissal of 11 Dalit students from a BJP state government-run school in Bikaner because they were drinking water from an earthen pot earmarked for an upper caste teacher once again highlights the continuing caste and social oppression.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi claims to have reversed the ‘paralysis’ that had gripped the economy. But the statistics tell a different story, writes Sitaram Yechury.
UR Ananthamurthy remained a socialist by conviction and practice till the end. He relentlessly contributed to the evolution of the idea of India. He felt the imposition of anything was alien to India’s ethos, writes Sitaram Yechury.
The RSS, which is against the idea of India as a pluralistic society, is seeking to negate the vibrancy of the mosaic that distinguishes the country, writes Sitaram Yechury.
The destruction of historical files by the BJP may have been to erase the RSS’s role in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, writes Sitaram Yechury.
The Modi government appears to send signals that it shall implement the UPA policy trajectory of widening the divide between the two Indias more aggressively.
Having reaped the benefit of people’s discontent during the LS elections, the BJP is now asking the people to be prepared for a more lethal dose of the same prescription as UPA's, writes Sitaram Yechury.
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Despite 69% of the people voting against it, the party has a comfortable majority. It’s time to do away with the ‘first past the post’ system.
Ground realities are far detached from the media packaging that is predicting an emphatic win for the BJP. In fact, if there is any wave at all in these elections, it is this people’s wave seeking relief, writes Sitaram Yechury.
The serious acts of omission and commission executed by the UPA 2 government must be rejected in these elections lock, stock and barrel. But, then, the alternative that is being projected as the ‘messiah’ does not have a different set of policies to offer, writes Sitaram Yechury.
There is little difference between the Congress and the BJP in their economic policies and corruption. Glimpses of the BJP’s real agenda emerge in the preface to its much-laboured manifesto. Sitaram Yechury writes.
Defeating communalism and rejecting the economic policies of the BJP and the Congress are the first steps to realising Bhagat Singh’s vision.
India Inc requires a ‘messiah’, a ‘strong leader’ to continue doling out such concessions and ‘sweetheart’ deals. Thus, sections of them self-appoint themselves as the ‘cheerleaders’ of the BJP PM aspirant. Writes Sitaram Yechury.
Instead of subsidising the rich, if such money is used for public investments, we can have a much better ‘inclusive’ growth trajectory. In this lies the alternative policy direction, writes Sitaram Yechury.
The RSS/BJP campaign pitch reminds us of the popular Hindi song with which my generation grew up — ‘Kahin pe nigahein, kahin pe nishana’ (looking in one direction, while the target is another) writes Sitaram Yechury.
President Pranab Mukherjee concluded his Republic Day eve address by saying that 2014 will be the year of resurgence. But that can only happen with a secular democratic political alternative sans the Congress and the BJP. Sitaram Yechury writes.
The current Indo-US stand-off over the maltreatment of our diplomat has roused considerable indignation in the country. India’s long overdue tit-for-tat reaction and the pruning of benefits given to American diplomats, far excessive of the ‘reciprocity’, are necessary.
The political churning in the run-up to the 2014 LS elections continues to deepen. The assembly elections results vindicate the assessment that people are crying out for relief from the growing economic burdens.
In a democracy, while all issues must be raised and discussed, some prioritisation is essential. This must be related to the compelling issues on which people are crying out for relief, writes Sitaram Yechury.
The current political discourse must be radically altered by making health and education central to the country’s agenda and policy trajectory. Sitaram Yechury writes.
The NaMo-RaGa cacophony is seriously eroding the foundations of Indian parliamentary democracy by threatening to replace it with some sort of a presidential form of democracy. Sitaram Yechury writes.
What India needs in 2014, is not the choice between alternative leaders but what it needs is alternative policies that can marshall our resources for creating a better India. Sitaram Yechury writes.
Modi's assertion to 'build toilets before building temples' could be considered laudable but for Gujarat’s dismal record on sanitation under BJP rule. Sitaram Yechury writes.
There is diversity even among those who have the same religious identity. The current anointment is being compared by some to the ‘coronation’ of Lord Rama. Will the RSS/BJP now decree who is the right sort of Hindu?
Narendra Dabholkar’s murder should make us realise that we need to fine-tune our education system to inculcate rationalism and a scientific temper.
If, instead of providing tax rebates to corporates, this legitimate tax had been collected and used for public investments, the economy would have been more sustainable. Sitaram Yechury writes.
In the wake of the British visa bond row, the Ghadar movement, which fought against the racial discrimination faced by Indians in the West, acquires a new significance. Sitaram Yechury writes.
The BJP and RSS’s proposed ‘statue of unity’ in memory of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel will go against the very ideals that the Iron Man represented, writes Sitaram Yechury.
Instead of convening a special session of Parliament, the UPA needs to display greater political commitment to the issue of food security for the people. Sitaram Yechury column.
The haste to implement the 4-year graduation programme will permit the US and the West to control the supply chain of higher education in India. Sitaram Yechury writes
Through both his reel and real works, Balraj Sahni helped uplift people who were exploited. He also played a pivotal role in the establishment of socialism. Sitaram Yechury writes.
With the powers of the judiciary, legislature and executive now having become blurred, the government must start listening to the country's Opposition, writes Sitaram Yechury.
Much like fascism in Germany, the rise of Narendra Modi’s BJP is driven by similar agendas of neo-liberal economic reform and communal polarisatio, writes Sitaram Yechury.
We don’t need a new coalition that indulges in political opportunism but can frame alternative policies that improve livelihood opportunities for our people. Sitaram Yechury writes.
Fearing the annoyance of global economic powers, the UPA 2 has opted for a foreign policy that compromises our sovereignty. It is systematically undoing the independent character of India’s foreign policy. Sitaram Yechury writes.
With a budget that opts for fiscal fundamentalism more than consolidation, the burden on the Indian people is set to increase. Sitaram Yechury writes.
The budget must reverse the current policy trajectory of giving greater tax concessions for the rich and use this revenue to build infrastructure and create jobs, writes Sitaram Yechury.
Various forms of terrorism feed and strengthen each other, seeking to destroy the integrity of our country. India must maintain that terrorism has no religion, writes Sitaram Yechury.
Institutions like khap panchayats are not alone in subverting India's march towards modernity. The values of neo-liberal consumerism play their role too, writes Sitaram Yechury.
The country's negative legacies are inhibiting the evolution of a modern India. We need to make insaaniyat our talisman and banish inhuman crimes. Sitaram Yechury writes.
The UPA’s GenNext reforms will maximise earnings for foreign investors. But India needs reforms that promote State-funding, create jobs and expand domestic demand, Sitaram Yechury writes.
The UPA’s GenNext reforms will make India vulnerable to global financial fluctuations. This will spell more trouble for the aam aadmi. Sitaram Yechury writes.
It is possible for India to meet the challenge of the growing divide among our people. This requires a qualitative shift from the present trajectory of economic reforms, Sitaram Yechury writes.
Thanks to regular disruptions, the government evades parliamentary scrutiny. To avoid this, Parliament must meet mandatorily for at least 100 days in a calendar year. Sitaram Yechury writes.
The prime minister has advised people to not be misled by those who spread false information on India’s economy. But this applies to him more than anyone else. Sitaram Yechury writes
Despite economic stagnation, the US's military spending in West Asia has not dipped. This is because it wants to control the resource-rich region. Sitaram Yechury writes.
The UPA must cancel all the coal block allocations it has made so far and then go in for transparent bidding. Sitaram Yechury writes.
Nuclear energy is a very costly option for India. But the UPA is pushing for it even when cheaper alternatives are available. Sitaram Yechury writes.
Superstars like Rajesh Khanna were products of their times, who brought together a wide range of creativity to depict contemporary social churning.Sitaram Yechury writes.
The Indian economy does not need reforms that prise it open for international finance capital but public investments that create jobs and spur growth. Sitaram Yechury writes.
Instead of pledging its resources to help the eurozone, India could have used the funds to shore up the domestic economy and provide relief to the people. Sitaram Yechury writes.
Instead of pledging its resources to help the eurozone, India could have used the funds to shore up the domestic economy and provide relief to the people, writes Sitaram Yechury.
To revive the economy, the UPA must withdraw the massive tax concessions it has given to India Inc and enlarge the levels of domestic demand. Sitaram Yechury writes.
The UPA’s call for austerity is a gigantic fraud. The government should recover the money that is lost to tax concessions and use it for building infrastructure. Sitaram Yechury writes.
As Parliament turns 60, it's clear that the UPA's planning process is not benefiting the aam aadmi. Instead, we have a skewed model of growth. Sitaram Yechury writes.
Many pending bills in Parliament seek to legalise the privatisation of higher education. This means opening newer avenues for profits at the cost of social good, writes Sitaram Yechury.
The new poverty estimates are both a mockery and a fraud. They prove that the facilitators of India's reform process are making profits at the expense of the aam aadmi. Sitaram Yechury writes.
Departing from the familiar references to Kautilya's Arthasastra, the finance minister, in his budget speech, quoted from the 'immortal' Shakespeare's Hamlet "I must be cruel only to be kind". The FM did not but Shakespeare continued: "Thus bad begins ..." Sitaram Yechury writes.
Almost 10 years after Godhra, the RSS and the BJP continue to sharpen communal polarisation. This is weakening the foundations of secularism in modern India. Sitaram Yechury writes.
The forthcoming budget must put aside neo-liberal policies and increase public spending on infrastructure and employment, Sitaram Yechury writes.
No matter what the PM advocates, public-private partnerships cannot solve India's development problems. Sitaram Yechury writes.
The PM's New Year's speech was contradictory. To improve people's livelihood security, the UPA must reverse the trajectory of its economic policies, writes Sitaram Yechury.
Hindi cinema was once infused by the talent of artists who gave expression to the nation’s social consciousness. We must continue to nurture such artists. Sitaram Yechury writes.
The UPA must reverse its decision on FDI, allow a discussion on the topic and make the best use of the winter session of Parliament. Sitaram Yechury writes.
India won’t be spared the effects of the ongoing global economic crisis. For the sake of our people, the UPA should change tack, writes Sitaram Yechury.
The worldwide rage against corporate greed doesn’t point to faults in a system, but to a faulty system that drives the concept of profit maximisation at any cost. Sitaram Yechury writes.
Despite his many contradictions, Mohandas Gandhi's life and death provide us with the best reasons to strengthen a secular India. Sitaram Yechury writes.
The BJP is marred by a dismal track record. Instead of going on fasts or rath yatras, its leadership must do some soul-searching. Sitaram Yechury writes.
The US-led war against terror was founded on the need to control oil resources and generate profits. No wonder even 10 years after 9/11, the world is still an unsafe place. Sitaram Yechury writes.
Crony capitalism is the fountainhead of corruption. To curb it, we must institute a strong and effective lokpal and simultaneously implement a package of measures. Sitaram Yechury writes.