CONTRARY to the strident statements against black money and corruption, the Modi government and the BJP are, in practice, taking step after step to shield corruption and to allow the rich to launder black money. Three such instances have occurred in the recent period.
THE BJP rulers of Uttar Pradesh have a medieval communal mindset. Nothing exemplifies this attitude more than their attempt to denigrate the Taj Mahal which is considered as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.
WHEN 22 year-old Yedu Krishnan began his priestly functions at the sanctum sanctorum of the Shiva temple at Valanjavattom in Pathanamthitta district in Kerala, it was a historic first – a dalit priest at a major temple in Kerala.
The Travancore Devaswom Recruitment Board (TDRB) decided to appoint six dalits as priests along with 30 other non-Brahmin priests. The Board, which manages more than 1200 temples, functions under the supervision of the state government. The reservation for backward classes and dalits was instituted for the first time.
THE political resolution adopted at the extended national executive meeting of the BJP in New Delhi and the speeches of President Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, failed to inject any enthusiasm among the party’s ranks and its supporters. In fact, the overriding impression is that the session ignored the serious problems faced by the economy and was notable for the absence of any introspection about the many shortcomings afflicting the governance of the country.
THE decision of the Modi government to deport Rohingyas from Myanmar who have taken refuge in India, is an unconscionable act. The government has submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court wherein it is stated that there are militant elements among the Rohingya migrants who have links to the Pakistani ISI and the so-called Islamic State and, therefore, pose a security risk. The government has maintained that as illegal migrants, the government has the power to deport them.
THE retail prices of petrol and diesel have reached a new high in the past few days. The price of petrol per litre is ranging from Rs 70 to 79 in various cities, making it an average of Rs 74 per litre. The price of diesel is around Rs 61-62 per litre. Ever since the daily price revision was introduced, the price of petrol has gone up by over Rs 6.17 per litre since July 1.
THE news about the economy has been continuously dismal in the past few days. All the data coming in shows that the economic slowdown has accelerated after demonetisation and the country is headed for a recession.
First came Volume II of the Economic Survey which presented a gloomy picture of the overall economy. The growth rate of real Gross Value Added was 6.6 per cent for 2016-17 compared to 7.9 per cent for the year 2015-16. The fourth quarter growth of GVA i.e., January to March this year was just 5.6 per cent.
THE conviction of the godman Gurmeet Singh on charges of rape and the violence unleashed by his supporters in Panchkula and other places has exposed the political nexus between the BJP and such dubious peddlers of spiritual salvation.