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UKRAINE: Stop this Invasion, Restore Peace

THE Russian invasion of Ukraine has set in motion developments that will have long term implications on European and world affairs. A full-fledged military operation on such a big scale  mounted by Russia, whatever may be the provocations and perceived security threats, is not the way to resolve issues.  An immediate ceasefire and recourse to diplomatic talks and negotiations must be undertaken.

TWO IMPORTANT FACTORS 

India's Secular Fabric Under Siege

INDIA has seen an increase in anti-minority far-right narratives in recent years. The country's top lawmaking body itself has become an apparatus that fundamentally operates against Muslim/Christian and dalit citizens, reinforcing their state of otherness and fostering communalism. Many parts of the country have witnessed incidents of lynching in the name of religion. Worryingly, in most of these cases the culprits are getting acquitted and even laws are being reframed in favour of such vigilantes.

Cryptocurrency – Legal or Illegal?

CRYPTOCURRENCY has been a hot topic of discussion in our country for quite a few years.  Those who support cryptocurrency argue that the transactions of this virtual currency are done through blockchain technology and are therefore well protected.  They say that it is very easy to invest; one can start investing even with Rs 100 and is a safe investment.

Who’s Lying?

THE recent wrangle between the prime minister, chief minister of Telangana and union power minister exposes one of the false narratives the central government has been building, even while putting spotlight on how crony capitalism is appropriating yet another human endeavour to save mother earth, for its ugly profiteering.

Budget Direction for Urban Remains the Same No Relief to People

BUDGETARY proposals placed by the finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on February 1, 2022, for the fiscal year 2022-23 provided no relief to the people, especially those living in urban centres who were severely hit by the pandemic. With meteoric spiked unemployment in the last few years, it was expected that this year budget will at least address this problem partially. However, the much-awaited cry for an urban employment guarantee remained unaddressed. It is estimated that over 200 million people are without work, most of them in the urban centres.

Struggle to Save the Generation

BESIDES the loss of lives, layoffs and unemployment, the COVID 19 pandemic has also had a huge impact on the education sector. With schools and colleges shut for almost two years now, millions of students are being deprived of their right to education. Students who lost their guardians due to the pandemic are facing tremendous financial obstacles. The mental health of the students is worsening with every passing day. We are losing one student every hour. The learning and analytical abilities of the students are being affected the most.

Hindi Belt tightens for the BJP

BIHAR in 2020 witnessed a state assembly election where the JD(U)-BJP coalition emerged victorious, but not before it got a big scare. In coalition with Left parties, the RJD emerged as the single-largest party and the call of ‘unemployment’ by Tejaswi got a phenomenal response in the middle of a raging pandemic.

The Explosion is Building Up

THIS was waiting to happen. From disquiet to unrest; the explosion raged across Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in January. The trigger was the huge anomalies that surfaced on the announcement of results by the Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) on non-technical popular categories (NTPC). The tests were in the first place,  held in 2019 following the relentless pressure of potential candidates.

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