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Modi Govt has Crippled the Public Sector

Modi Govt has Crippled the Public Sector ONGC, the once-glittering and now struggling Maharatna, best exemplifies the fact that there is something sinister in the very approach of the outgoing Modi Government towards the public sector enterprises (PSUs). In May 2019, the cash reserves of ONGC, the richest PSU, had fallen in the last two…

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One Million Species Face Extinction: UN Report

One Million Species Face Extinction: UN Report Nearly one million species risk becoming extinct within decades while current efforts to conserve the earth’s resources will likely fail if radical action is not taken, says a major UN report on the impact of humans on nature.   Speaking in Paris at the launch of the 2019…

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India Packs Up on Iran Under US Pressure

India Packs Up on Iran Under US Pressure The sudden visit to New Delhi by the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif for a meeting on May 14 with the outgoing External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in the dying days of the Modi government underscores dramatically how much Tehran has been traumatised by the Indian…

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Why Janata Party Parted with Jan Sangh over RSS

Why Janata Party Parted with Jan Sangh over RSS I entered political life in 1937. Quite active in Pune in those days were the RSS and the Savarkarites (followers of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar) on the one hand and nationalist, socialist and leftist political organisations on the other. On May 1, 1938, we took out a…

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ILO Criticises Venezuela for Raising Minimum Wage

ILO Criticises Venezuela for Raising Minimum Wage Venezuela is being ostracised in every possible conceivable way by Western governments and institutions short of an actual military invasion, although threats to that effect have also been made by the US government.   The newest threat has been issued by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The organisation…

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The King Who Loved Himself

The King Who Loved Himself Once upon a time there was a king who loved himself to distraction morning, noon and night—24/7 as they say these days—seven days a week, 365 days a year. He preferred leap years because he gained an extra day for self-adulation. To be a narcissist is no mean task, it…