Editors Column
In the light of the current goings on, there are relevant questions to ask. Do our army jawans enjoy basic rights while on duty in the Kashmir valley? Why are our so-called liberal intellectuals silent on human rights violation when unruly mobs provoked by forces from across the border, kick, jeer and humiliate jawans?
A relic of post-British independent India and considered feudalistic, prime minister Narendra Modi and his cabinet have decided to give up the flashing red beacon and siren on their cars.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his economy managers may heave a sigh of relief with the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) assessment that the country will have a well distributed normal monsoon during this July–September season.
Prime minister Narendra Modi touched a raw nerve when he pushed for cost effective generic drugs, as against branded medicines sold at huge costs to gullible patients. In the process, Modi brought to the fore a huge scam that involves high profile doctors, medical experts, bureaucrats, hospitals, pharma companies and marketing networks that push exorbitantly priced medicines.
As reported by this paper in its Monday edition, the government is planning to make buying and selling of 69 commodities compulsory through the electronic platform (e-NAM). The existing system of physical auction at various agricultural mandis would be done away with. This is being introduced in the hope that the monopoly of traders, who have survived all policy changes, would be ended.
Noose seems to be tightening for black money hoarders. As Narendra Modi government’s campaign ‘operation clean money’ enters its penultimate phase, chips seems to be down for several fraudsters that have evaded taxes, made illicit money and piled up assets in every possible form.
From anti-Romeo squads, Durga Vahinis to formation of a separate force against street-side romantics, the BJP government’s campaign against molesters and eve-teasers has invited mixed reaction from the people.
Insulating consumers of petroleum products from global price movements in crude may be a thing of the past. The Narendra Modi government’s move to link diesel and petrol prices to that of crude oil movement in international markets allowing revision every day is significant in more ways than one.
Supreme Court directive not allowing Tatas and Adanis to pass on the hugely incremental fuel costs to consumers by enhancing power tariffs is a step in the right direction. Tatas, Adanis or for that matter, no Indian or foreign company has the right to pass on excess fuel cost load to consumers in gross violation of their contractual agreements with state agencies.
When noted Hindi poet and writer, Harivansh Rai Bachchan wrote the eminently popular 135-verses treatise Madhushala, he may have never imagined that the tavern culture of a relaxing evening drink would end so abruptly and dramatically.

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