Welcome to ‘new normal’ India: Modi says no rollback, it’s the beginning of the war on black money

Welcome to ‘new normal’ India: Modi says no rollback, it’s the beginning of the war on black money


“People are queuing up for a better India.” This is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message to the critics of his controversial de-monetization move of scrapping the existing high denomination notes of Rs 1,000 and 500 to weed out black money in the country.

Why Sardar Patel matters: An Icon of National Unity


An extraordinary leader, freedom fighter and architect of the integration of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, better known as “Iron Man of India,” remains an enduring icon of patriotism, nationalism and the spirit of public service. In a fitting tribute to this giant, India will be launching week-long celebrations on Sardar Patel’s birth anniversary on October 31, which has been aptly designated as Rashtriya Ekta Divas or National Unity Day.
A quintessential self-made man, Patel’s life story exemplifies the sheer power of will, hard work and sincerity as he scripted a new life for himself first as a lawyer, and then as a freedom fighter and nation-builder amid trying circumstances.
Given his formidable organizational abilities and unflinching commitment to nation-building, Sardar Patel was appointedas the first deputy prime minister and home minister of independent India, the crucial posts which brought out the best in him and help create an integrated and unified India as we know it now. Patel the Unifier is justly remembered for his iron will and firmness with which he facilitated the integration of over 500 princely states into the framework of federal India.
A pragmatist and realist to the core, Patel was a sharp observer of the international scene and advocated a realistic foreign policy in place of a symbolic idealism. He consistently advocated that no move must be adopted that would compromise the territorial integrity of India, and in particular, cautioned against internationalizing the Kashmir dispute. “I should like to make one thing clear, that we shall not surrender an inch of Kashmir territory to anybody,” Patel famously said.
Sardar Patel may have lived only two and a half years after India’s independence, but in those few months, he shaped the narrative of a modern, strong and self-reliant India. Often compared to Germany’s legendary leader Otto van Bismarck for his key role in the integration of princely states into India, Patel contributed to nation-building in myriad ways.
Decades after his death, Sardar Patel’s absolute love and devotion for India continues to inspire all those who are engaged in the resurgence of India. Tributes and honours continue to pour in for this legendary figure to this day.

Dalits — the new colour of change in the sub-continent?


Pakistan marked a “Black Day” over the crisis in Jammu & Kashmir recently and India hit back with a strong statement asking Pakistan to vacate⋅⋅⋅

10 steps to renew hope in Kashmir


  The killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, yet again, exposed the fragile peace prevalent in the Kashmir Valley. A number of attempts have⋅⋅⋅

BJP unbound? Moving beyond number game in assembly elections


In politics, it’s necessary to sift myths from realities. Undoubtedly, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s spectacular victory in Assam assembly elections has helped the cadres and⋅⋅⋅

BJP scores historic victory in Assam, back in reckoning for 2019

The BJP’s political star is in the ascendant, with a historic victory in the Assembly elections in Assam and significant inroads in Kerala and West Bengal.

Swaraj ranked as most accessible minister on Twitter

Swaraj twitter

The government has ranked its ministers on the basis of how promptly and efficiently they respond to people’s requests on Twitter. The survey, reportedly conducted⋅⋅⋅

No change in Dalit reservation policy, says Modi

Modi at B.R.-Ambedkar

Ahead of elections in five states like Kerala and Bengal, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi clarified that the NDA government is not against reservation for⋅⋅⋅

Aadhaar Bill a game-changer for Modi’s financial inclusion plans


India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s financial inclusion efforts has received a fresh impetus, with the successful passage of the the Aadhaar Bill in the Lok⋅⋅⋅

TRAI ruling on Free Basics hailed as a win for net neutrality, setback for Facebook

TRAI against Free Basics

Months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited the headquarters of the social media giant in California,  the latest ruling by TRAI has stalled Facebook’s⋅⋅⋅