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HindustanTimes Wed,20 Aug 2014

Sitaram Yechury

Be warned, BJP-RSS combine's agenda is to divide and rule

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.

Poison pen: Attempt to rewrite India's history is dangerous

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.

Profits before people, corporates before country

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.

BJP slogans are like old whine in a new bottle

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.

Initial signals from Narendra Modi government are ominous

People hoping for relief from economic burdens from this new government — ‘Acche din aane wale hai’ — now face another diesel price hike, fuelling the cascading inflationary spiral. Sitaram Yechury writes.

The BJP’s victory is not truly representative

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.

The victory of people’s wave will depend on free and fair polls

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.

Congress and BJP: Two peas in a political pod

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.

BJP manifesto full of rhetoric minus steps to achieve objectives

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.

An exercise in sheer duplicity

Defeating communalism and rejecting the economic policies of the BJP and the Congress are the first steps to realising Bhagat Singh’s vision.

Profit motive: why markets love Modi

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.

Only a non-Cong, non-BJP govt can ensure inclusive growth

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.

All BJP wants to do is advance RSS’ vision of a Hindu Rashtra

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.

2014 could be a year of revival with an alternative front in power

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.

Centre needs to correct India’s foreign policy orientation

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.
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