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KCR’s Third Front – A Political Mirage?

Regional politics and personal ambitions, with fragmented political agendas can render this an uphill task  Two months ago, TRS supremo and Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) had declared that he had no interest in national politics and that his only goal in life was to transform Telangana into ‘Bangaru Telangana’ (Golden Telangana). This was in response to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s query on his interest in national politics, so that BJP could accommodate him in such an arrangement. His announcement on Saturday, March 03, about his plans to launch a Third Front as a national alternative to the Congress and BJP, has come as a shock to the regional leaderships of both the national parties in the state.…

The Countdown Begins for 2019

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has primed his weapons at the Prime Minister ahead of the 2019 state and general elections   Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) continued his volley of attacks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday saying that there had been all round response to his criticism of the Congress’ and BJP’s failure to lead the nation.…

Indian Firms In Britain In Wait And Watch Mode

Speculation over Brexit casts shadow over Indian businesses in the UK The speculation over the United Kingdom’s ongoing negotiations with the European Union in the wake of the Brexit referendum may throw a spanner in the works of Indian companies located in the UK, and considering expanding their operations. Last month, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) – owned by Tata Motors and Britain’s largest car manufacturer – announced that it was scaling back production in its Halewood plant due to rising diesel prices and “ongoing speculation surrounding Brexit”. There are more than 800 Indian companies in the United Kingdom according to the 2017 Grant Thornton – Confederation of Indian Industries Tracker.…

Right To Education Versus Right To Life

Kerala’s plan to fight anti-vaccine campaign by denying school admissions creates a flutter Kerala has drawn out its much awaited health policy and even before the ink had dried on the draft, it has already started ruffling a few feathers across the state. This is due to one clause which calls upon the state to deny admission to a child at any school if he or she fails to produce a vaccination card against his or her name that is becoming a subject of heated debate. Not just in government schools, but the policy, the first of its kind in the country, calls upon on all schools across the state, from those which follow the state syllabus to those in the CBSE and ICSE streams, aided or fully private, to fall in line. The state government though is yet to pass any legislation around the recommendation, has said that it would implement the policy as and when needed. “The expert panel which has chalked out the health policy has clearly recommended that government take such a step because every year the state is struggling to ensure a near total vaccination for the children in certain areas.…

The Lede Ground Report: As Politicians Holler Caste, Villupuram Faces A Serial Rapist On The Loose

The home where the brutal attack on Meenamma, Latha and Prakash took place The village of Vellamputthur in Tamil Nadu’s Villupuram district is more afraid of caste tensions being ignited than the fact that an unknown serial rapist roams free At the eastern fringe of Vellamputthur village, dotted by mesquite bushes, a small green house sits, forlorn.…

Where The Left Can Do Little Right: Gulf Returnees In ‘No Man’s Land’

The stranglehold of militant trade unionism and deeply embedded historical Leftist practices renders Malayalees returning home from the Gulf vulnerable to the local powers that be In 2003, when Kerala organised its first Global Investors Meet, the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, while talking about Keralites’ Gulf connection, remittances, social progress and economic backwardness, cited the plot of a 1988 Mohanlal-starrer.  “I am told that there is a Malayalam movie called ‘Varavelpu’ in which your famous actor Mohanlal acts as a Gulf-returned Keralite. He invests his savings in a small business venture with high hopes.…