Opposition leaders unite against India’s brewing farm crisis

Around 50,000 farmers from across India marched on the country’s national capital New Delhi on Friday, demanding loan waivers and more remunerative prices for their crops. The farmers’ march to the Parliament, under the aegis of a joint front of 2o8 organizations, has stirred up a political storm ahead of general elections in 2019. With Read more »

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Growing fundamentalism is a threat to secular Jamia: Mushirul Hasan

As Jamia Millia Islamia celebrates its 95th Foundation Day, Catch speaks to celebrated historian Mushirul Hasan, 66, who served as the vice-chancellor of the university from 2004 to 2009. Here they discuss the place and growth of culturally-rich Jamia in contemporary India. KM: What is the importance of an institution like Jamia Millia Islamia in today’s Read more »

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Will RSS’ “unsettled” business spoil Narendra Modi’s Independence Day party?

This morning, I woke up to listen to a brilliant Independence Day speech by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Unlike many of his predecessors, India’s 15th Prime Minister spoke extempore, touching on many issues that ail the country. From the need to build toilets for girls to lethargic government officials; he stressed on creating a manufacturing Read more »

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Why Narendra Modi’s big challenges for Budget 2014 are very basic

Prime Minister Narendra Modi can forget about MNREGA-style social schemes or any grand plans to clean river Ganga, his task was cut out the day the previous PM Manmohan Singh left 7 Race Course Road and the government coffers with a fiscal deficit of Rs 2,14,327 crore. The last government led by the once celebrated Read more »

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Prime Minister Modi, is this good governance?

On the day BJP released its manifesto back in April 2014, Narendra Modi said something that made everyone sit up and take notice. “I promise I will never do anything for myself, I will never be vindictive,” the would-be prime minister announced. This comment came after Amit Shah’s controversial ‘badla’ comment in Muzaffarnagar. One of Read more »

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