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Journalist, South Asian Analyst

Unfolding NRC Scenario

By Malladi Rama Rao Opposition parties, notably, Rahul Congress and Mamata Congress, are happy at the new talking point – National Register of Citizens, NRC- they have got in Assam. And they are going to the town to beat Narendra Modi and his Sancho Panza, Amit Shah in the forthcoming electoral game. Will they succeed? Assam and Bengal hold the key. Assam is BJP turf. Mamata may stand to benefit on her home soil, Bengal, Neither here nor there syndrome will spoil the party for Rahul Congress with or without Maha Ghatabandan. Illegal migrants from Bangladesh are a reality in

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Message from Chinese Army drill in Tibet

By Malladi Rama Rao People’s Liberation Army, PLA, has just tested its “logistics, armament support capabilities” and “military-civilian” integration by carrying out a drill in the Tibet. Held on 26 June, it was the first such exercise since the Doklam stand-off, and second since the 13-hour-long drill also in Tibet held two years ago. It fits in well with President Xi’s strategy of building a strong military in the new era. There are two messages. One for India, obviously. And the other for a domestic audience as well as the outside world The first signal is that unlike in 1962,

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Switch off TV & get moving

By NEERAJ BAJPAI Be cautious! If you are spending too much time watching TV, you are at risk of developing of potentially fatal blood clots. These clots are known as venous thrombosis. Even trying to counterbalance hours of TV watching through adequate exercise is not effective warns Yasuhiko Kubota of the University of Minnesota in the US. Kubota is the lead author of a study in Springer’s Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis. Prolonged sitting can in some cases lead to blood clots because the normal circulation of blood through the legs and feet is impaired. This study focuses on the

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Uttarakhand Pilgrims deserve a better deal

Uttarakhand has something for everyone – the tourist, nature lover and the pilgrim, whether one is a Hindu, Sikh or Buddhist. Over the past seventy years, the authorities have gone out of their way to present the region as the thrilling vacation hotspot with compelling landscapes, teeming wildlife, and adventure zones. The same diligence has not been shown to present its shrines, particularly Hindu shrines, as I noticed during my Char Dham yatra. By all accounts, Uttarakhand is the abode of Gods. Hinduism’s most important pilgrimage centres are here amidst stunning snow-covered peaks and verdant valleys, and some of the

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Why the Indian system hounds the upright….?

By Malladi Rama Rao It was billed as a Rs. 96 crore scam in the Food Corporation of India, (FCI). Minister Akhilesh Prasad Singh was furious. “Heads must roll,” he thundered. Out went a diktat to the CBI to probe. That was fourteen years ago in 2004-05, when the Congress led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was slowly getting embroiled in scams of all hues. Now, after so many years, the politician has egg on his face. The CBI has redoubled its image as the caged parrot. Chuckles Siva Prasad, the Punjab cadre IAS officer

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DESTINY OF A DYSFUNCTIONAL NUCLEAR STATE

By Malladi Rama Rao Military Inc.: Inside Pakistan’s Military Economy (Second Edition) by Ayesha Siddiqa Penguin Random House, 2017 Price: Rs. 499; Pages: 382 Reimagining Pakistan: Transforming A Dysfunctional Nuclear State By Husain Haqqani Published by HarperCollins India, 2018 Price Rs 699, pages 336 Ayesha Siddiqa and Hussain Haqqani need no introduction; both are familiar names to Indian readers. The two have taken on the mighty military establishment of Pakistan – well, in their own way. While Ayesha is still at the job on the home soil, Haqqani has migrated to the El Dorado to avoid the consequences of Memogate

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Selling Dreams – Modi, Rahul Way

By Malladi Rama Rao A 15- minute debate is what Congress President Rahul Gandhi wants to have with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Why 15-minutes? Why not 25 minutes or 30 minutes? He has not explained why he has hit upon the 15- minute slot. It is his calling. But why is he daring the Prime Minister of the day for a debate? Obviously, he considers himself as the only rightful challenger to Modi, who, he says, is “crushing Supreme Court”, “has shut Parliament” and “is only interested in being the PM, not about attacks on women or Dalits”. He is

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TALKING SHOPS BECOME SHOUTING SHOPS

By Malladi Rama Rao “Parliament is a talking shop,” said socialist leader Raj Narain, who became the nemesis of Indira Gandhi, and made her take recourse to emergency for survival in the mid-seventies. He was given to display of tantrums on the floor of the House. So much so, he rarely walked out. Marshals used to scoop him up and carry him out on their shoulders. Raj Narain enjoyed every bit of the attention he got in those pre-television days. These days, Speaker in the Lok Sabha and Chairman in the Rajya Sabha appear reluctant to invoke the grand old

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Fresh Lease To Third Front Politics

By Malladi Rama Rao Spurred by the recent by-poll reverses the BJP has suffered, the old practioners of third Front politics are back in action. For a change, the Marxists appear to be in no mood for pre-poll alliances. Post –poll alliance is ok, says Sitaram Yechury, the CPI-M supremo. His reluctance to test alliance waters is stemmed by the opposition from the Karat school, which has pooh-poohed his plans for a tie-up with the Congress during the Tripura polls. Moreover, the Bengal experience shows that the Congress stands to benefit from an alliance with the Comrades to the glee

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Debt-ridden China Living On Borrowed Time

By Malladi Rama Rao In the run up to heralding the Chinese New Year of Dog on 16th February, there was little room for cheer for the Chinese leadership and their state-controlled economy. At Davos, the Mecca of world’s finance and capital, President Xi Jinping’s top economic aide, Liu He, failed to inspire, and whatever he promised in terms of reform sounded like hackneyed rhetoric. This was in sharp contrast to the reception President Jinping received a year ago at the very same venue, the World Economic Forum. Liu did tout China’s economic success registered in the past one year

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Rahul Bangaya Gentleman

By Malladi Rama Rao Whether you like him or not and whether he succeeds or not, you cannot deny, the reluctant crown prince has won the perception war to herald the Rahul era in the Congress as 2017 was drawing to a close. This is no mean achievement for one who relished the image of an angry outsider while the world outside 10 Janpath and 24 Akbar Road saw him as the Pappu. He has no Amethi Model to show case but has managed to pour scorn on the Modi Model from Gujarat by smartly tapping into public anger over

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