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HindustanTimes Sun,31 Aug 2014

Sitaram Yechury

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.

In 2014, people’s struggles must be strengthened

The forthcoming general elections must serve as the opportunity to bring about a change in Indian politics. The Indian people will have to bring about a political alternative that is capable of implementing alternative policies. The Left, democratic and secular parties must create conditions for such a policy shift.

India needs not only an electoral alternative but a policy alternative

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.

Indian realpolitik: no debate on issues that matter

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.

Our singularly plural ways

How we choose to identify ourselves works at various levels and depends on the context. Sitaram Yechury elaborates.

That other option

A non-Congress, non-BJP political alternative that can affect such a change is the need of the hour. A careful examination of the results in the last round of Assembly elections shows that such parties polled a significant percentage of votes. Sitaram Yechury examines...

There is a third option

The two big parties must realise the people are seeking an alternative policy trajectory, writes Sitaram Yechury.

Fine-tune the electoral system

In the Indian context a combination of proportional representation with the present form may be ideal. This could be done by clubbing two adjoining constituencies where people, with two votes, vote for individual candidates as well as the parties. Sitaram Yechury examines...

Scope for improvement

Unless Parliament sits for longer durations, its vigilance over the government is not effective. Thus, the executive’s accountability to the legislature becomes the casualty. This seriously undermines our Constitutional scheme of things. This needs to be corrected by ensuring a mandatory 100 sittings a year, writes Sitaram Yechury.

A wishlist for the Congress

 Noting that this victory comes with the “challenge of rising expectations,” the Prime Minister described this as a verdict for “inclusive growth”, “equitable development”, “a secular and plural India”. If this has to be translated into action, then the existing state of denial on the disastrous impact of the global economic recession must be discarded, writes Sitaram Yechury.

This way lies disaster

Racist outrages, like the one against Indians in Australia, are an expression of a deeper malaise, writes Sitaram Yechury.

Not buying this sell-out

UPA II is running with the hares and hunting with the hounds while dealing with the aam aadmi, writes Sitaram Yechury.

The sound of music

Can the human mind conceive and perceive music without the sense of hearing? Hopefully, 2009 will give us some answers. Sitaram Yechury examines...

No more a puzzle

The controversies concerning the Indo-Pak joint statement are just part of a larger jigsaw puzzle, which is defining the contours of an India rushing into becoming a subordinate ally of the US, writes Sitaram Yechury.

Discordant notes

The BJP’s identity crisis and the RSS’s increasing control over it are threatening India’s secular fabric, writes Sitaram Yechury.
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