Kancha Ilaiah

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Bullet trains and holy cows

If the first Bharatiya Janata Party Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, loved production of nuclear bombs, the second BJP Prime Minister seems to love bullet trains. Ever since a US visa was denied to him, he’s developed love for China and Japan. Obviously, he imported the idea of bullet trains from there.

Hindutva hypocrisy

Yes, I am a South Indian, with Telugu as my so-called mother tongue. My father tongue, too, is the same. My parents could not read or write. I did not study in English-medium convent schools, neither of Christian or Hindu persuasion.

HRD: It’s not Hindu Resource Development

The Modi government seems to believe that a change should be brought in school curriculum by re-working the text books that NCERT brings out.

Modi: Lincoln or Bush?

“The coming decade is of dalits and other weaker sections.”
Narendra Modi, March 2, 2014

Narendra Modi’s spectacular win across India packs in massive implications for our polity, civil society and the Hindu spiritual system. The Bharatiya Janata Party has not only won a clear majority on its own steam, but it has wiped off the Congress Party’s presence from several states.

Modi’s caste card has a higher agenda

In response to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s “neech rajneeti” (low-level politics) jibe, Narerndra Modi reacted by saying, “I belong to a lower caste of society, that’s why they think my politics is low-level politics.”

When silence is golden

The 2014 elections seem to be a turning point in the course of Indian democracy.

Is BJP going pro-Mandal?

The Bharatiya Janata Party is in a crisis. Its old guard, whose glorious days began with the demolition of the Babri Masjid, is being retired prematurely.

In Gurez, at the upper edge of northern Kashmir Valley, a serene calm prevails along the Line of Control. The undulating rhythms of the Kishanganga river that rolls through bowl-shaped valleys surrounded by the Himalayas on all four sides put Switzerland to shame.

Besides controlling food inflation, the most challenging task before Narendra Modi is to create jobs for millions of young men and women, some of whom were responsible for his resounding victory in the elections. It is one thing to promise jobs and another to actually create them.