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So what did Indians vote for in 2014 and 2019?

As students across 33 University campuses stand up in protest, as the entire North East rejects the citizenship amendment act, it is time to ask ourselves.
What did we vote for? My column

asiatimes.com/2019/12/article/

What's going on in Jamia? Can anyone explain what the cops are doing with the bus here?

‪ ‪A $126 billion -- that's what has spent in South & Central Asia to influence countries with poor results, a new study says. Not Surprisingly, India is a key target.

While 95% of the money it gives to other countries ends up in infrastructure projects, a bulk of that ultimately ends up in Chinese pockets.

And media in other Asian countries is a big target for China

My latest column

asiatimes.com/2019/12/article/

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RT @sonaliranade@twitter.activitypub.actor
Shah’s claim on the Partition flies in the face of known facts, and the strongest rebuttal came outside the House from Sudheendra Kulkarni, an aide to L.K. Advani who had nurtured the current crop of BJP leaders.

telegraphindia.com/india/histo

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#CitizenshipAmendmentBill2019: Federal US commission seeks sanctions against Amit Shah

CAB is a dangerous turn in the wrong direction; it runs counter to India's rich history of secular pluralism and the Indian Constitution, which guarantees equality before the law regardless of faith,"

#IndiaRejectsCAB

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India's finally staring down a dark hole.

For some, the citizenship amendment Bill finally puts Muslims in their place. They will couch it's justification in many ways to hide the essential fact -- that it is a violation of the basic tenets of the Indian constitution.

But to them, the Constitutional never mattered. What matters is a chance to other fellow citizens. What they don't realise is that they are now mere tools in a political power game.

My column

asiatimes.com/2019/12/article/

‪With 86 Rapes, 185 Sex assaults In 2019, Unnao Becomes UP's "Rape Capital": Report‬

‪https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/with-86-rapes-185-sex-assaults-in-2019-unnao-becomes-ups-rape-capital-report-2144742

The BJP may have lost Maharashtra.

But what we witnessed this week is one of the lowest points in India's politics. The complete disregard for Constitutional propriety and values will hurt India deeply.

My column

asiatimes.com/2019/11/article/

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#MaharashtraPolitics Supreme Court hearing at 11.30 AM tomorrow,, effectively increases pressure on Ajit Pawar & BJP. I expect that by tomorrow morning, before the hearing the date of the floor test will be announced, and it can't be delayed very long

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Nobel economist Joe Stiglitz on his recent visit to India had this to say on the NRC: "When things are not going well, people always want to blame somebody else".
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RT @D_Roopa_IPS@twitter.activitypub.actor
Borders being porous/unfenced,illegal immigrant is most likely to snatch away jobs of poor citizens who may be agricultural&industrial labourers. If "economically poor citizens" can benefit from NRC,why oppose it?With NRC,citizens…
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‪The BJP received ₹10 crore from a company being investigated for "terror financing", reports Rohini Singh‬
‪https://thewire.in/government/bjp-donations-companies-terror-funding-iqbal-mirchi/amp/‬

‪Pollution is literally a life and death issue. ‬
‪But there's no government action. No mass protests. ‬
‪It doesn't matter how many times you protest. Your MP won't show up. Political parties know that they will not be held accountable to. ‬
‪My column today‬

‪https://www.asiatimes.com/2019/11/opinion/indias-poisonous-air-a-failure-of-governance/‬

Earlier, companies could only give 7.5% of their profits as political donations. Despite opposition from the RBI, the finance ministry pushed through electoral bonds -- a scheme that RBI said leads to black money. @nit_set reports with documents

huffingtonpost.in/entry/rbi-wa

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Dr Manmohan Singh writes: “I urge the Prime Minister to set aside his deep-rooted suspicion of industrialists and entrepreneurs and nurse us back to a confident and mutually trustworthy society that can revive the animal spirits and help our economy soar.”
thehindu.com/opinion/lead/the-

In Gurgaon there's a small memorial to Maj Shaitan Singh, 37, and his Charlie coy, 13 Kumaon.

On this day, 18 Nov 1962, he and 114 men (out 120) died at Rezang La facing the Chinese. Rough estimates say they killed nearly 1800 en soldiers that day.

‪Detailed account of how the whistleblower set off the impeachment proceedings against Trump.
This is the kind of institutions India needs.
Pretty damning evidence piling up. ‬

‪https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/how-a-cia-analyst-alarmed-by-trumps-shadow-foreign-policy-triggered-an-impeachment-inquiry/2019/11/15/042684a8-03c3-11ea-8292-c46ee8cb3dce_story.html‬

‪Very important column from Sadanand Dhume on the India story abroad -- you can't dress up a bad story. What's happening in India is a mix of authoritarian impulse meeting bureaucratic bungling‬

‪https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/blogs/toi-edit-page/dont-shoot-the-messenger-to-safeguard-its-global-image-india-doesnt-need-better-messaging-it-needs-better-policies/‬

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Justice Nariman's dissent in the #sabarimala review, will long be cited, as a treatise on the Rule of Law and the Executive's sworn duty to uphold and implement court judgements. I urge all people to read it, as it rewards even those who have been sceptical about the court in the recent past
livelaw.in/top-stories/courts-

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