Monthly Archives: December 2012

“The protestors who gathered to demand better policing weren’t pleading before dynastic icons with folded hands. They were self-confident, angry and exasperated. They represented a new, assertive and even insolent India … Their demands are a key element of modern politics: the expectation that the state will be responsive and efficient. The chalta hai fatalism of an earlier age has been replaced by a voluble rejection of a meek theek hai”

Read: http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/right-and-wrong/entry/why-young-mps-don-t-connect-with-our-articulate-youth

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C. Rammanohar Reddy asks, ‘How is India doing?’ | “In the end, one of the achievements of electoral democracy and the working of the Constitution is that the citizen knows she has rights and will fight for them, however much she may despair at not being able to exercise them”

Read: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/how-is-india-doing-2012/article4249630.ece

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Big Sister is watching you in West Bengal | “The Mamata Banerjee government has decided to introduce hidden cameras to record the ins and outs of employees in government offices to ensure they reach by 10.30am. The pilot project will be tried in the new year at the West Bengal Essential Supplies Corporation”

Read: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata/Mamata-govt-to-eye-employees-through-hidden-cameras/articleshow/17780326.cms

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Railway attendant “beaten, forced to hold his both ear to do sit-ups more than 50 times and was also made hostage in the running Punjab Mail train compartment between Rampur and Lucknow stations” by UP minister Azam Khan

Read: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/now-up-minister-azam-khan-assaults-hapless-train-attendant/1048629/

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Modi takes it away: ‘“You have given me power. Now you also give me your blessings so that I do not commit any mistake, no one is hurt and there is no mistake by me even unknowingly. When people, who are in fact God give their blessings, there is no possibility of a mistake,” the Gujarat Chief Minister said’

Read: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/if-i-have-committed-any-mistake-i-apologise-modi/article4222322.ece

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‘Is there a long-term pattern in Indian capitalism? When did major breaks occur in that pattern? And does history shed light on economic changes in the present? “India in the World Economy” answers these questions’

Read: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/indiaatlse/2012/12/17/a-history-of-capitalism-in-india/

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The life of a worker from Faridabad, now in Gurgaon | “To work nights means enormous difficulties – lack of sleep, not being able to sleep during the day, not eating properly, no time to meet friends. If you refuse, they tell you to quit the job”

Read: http://gurgaonworkersnews.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/gurgaonworkersnews-no-53-december-2012/

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Now the babus go after Flipkart and Walmart | “The government on Wednesday told Parliament that investigation into alleged FEMA violations in the Bharti-Walmart joint venture had been referred to the Enforcement Directorate”

Read: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/bhartiwalmart-fema-violation-under-ed-scanner/article4192734.ece?homepage=true

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The Dispensations of Dynasty: Kanchan Gupta in The Pioneer

Congress generated “a vast vote-bank of impoverished masses whose ignorance is converted into political capital at the time of elections. And so it was that Congress president Sonia Gandhi chose to address an election rally in a tribal-dominated area of Gujarat on Friday, speaking down to the gathered masses as the patron-in-chief of the underprivileged … It would seem she wants the people to believe that her personal munshi sends money from the royal treasury, of which she is the keeper, to the States. This is not money to which Gujarat and Gujaratis have a rightful claim but charity doled out at the sweet will of the Dynasty. Where does the money go, she asks tauntingly. If only Sonia Gandhi knew … that Gujarat contributes more than Rs. 60,000 crore in taxes to the Union Government and gets back a piffling few thousand crores of rupees as its ‘share’, she would have possibly thought twice before making this absurd claim” Continue reading

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20 minutes in – a short audio clip of Bal Thackeray speaking about Adolf Hitler: “I did not like the way he massacred Jews. But he was an artist. This man has got certain hypnotic thing”

Read: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01p4512

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