Pandemic 2020 : Toxic Leaders , Selfish Nations And An Orphaned World !

BY R.K.MISRA   Never have so many suffered so much for the sins of so few.   As the puny and the petty head nations, a leaderless   world hovers on the brink   desperately clutching at miracle cures and searching for   economic succour . Neither seem at hand. The pandemic crisis is best summed up by free reference website, Worldometers which monitors COVID-19 round the clock. As of July 25, 2020, the outbreak of the coronavirus has been confirmed in around 210 countries or territories. The virus has infected 16,048,238 people worldwide and the number of deaths have totaled 644,679 with 9,808,404 having recovered . The disturbing aspect, says Ian Simple writing in the Irish Times, is that people   who have recovered   may lose their immunity to the disease within months, with research suggesting the virus could re-infect people year after year like common colds.   India ,as of July 25, with 1,382,995 cases, 467,124 active infections,883,793 recoveries and 32,078 deaths is now pl

The Political Grammar Of Opposition As Enemy

BY R.K.MISRA Rahul Gandhi is a ‘pappu’ and Priyanka Gandhi , is a ‘babli’ but every time   the two open their mouth, why does the   BJP get verbal diarrhoea ? Cold derision to deep embedded antagonism has marked the targeting of the two along with their mother Sonia Gandhi, the widow of   former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi who was the victim of a terrorist attack as was his mother, late prime minister Indira Gandhi gunned down . BJP leader Sushma Swaraj threatened to tonsure her head in 2004 if duly elected Sonia Gandhi   became Prime Minister but had no objection sharing space in Parliament   with 120 MPs facing criminal charges(ADR). If the saffron set-up is to be believed India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru not only fathered a daughter but also all that is ‘ill’ with India. And then off course the ‘designated’ trolls would have you believe that Indira Gandhi’s parsi husband was a muslim and so was her   Kashmiri pandit grandfather ,Motilal ! Convincingly trounced in

India Grapples With First Tremors Of Economic Shake-up

BY   R.K.MISRA India   grappling with the Covid-19 pandemic is beginning to feel the first tremors of the economic shake-up caused by the 21-day shutdown as corporates , business, trade and industry, even public sector undertakings are burning midnight oil to wriggle out of prior commitments. The restriction on human movement   has had a spiraling effect on every aspect of human life   whether it is business or manufacturing, commerce or construction, trade or transport. Once   the attention from the control of the virus shifts a swarm of issues is expected to occupy attention for quite some time to come. A   major one-amongst the lot of them- will be the delays caused in meeting contractual obligations. These will be spread over a huge canvass from construction contracts to manufacturing and supply agreements, from   professional service providers to engineering contractors and their suppliers and even financiers who will be grappling with cost over runs due to time slipp

Is BJP A Bad Loser ?

  BY R.K.MISRA Coming events cast their shadows ahead. The BJP is a bad loser - at least on the face of it.  Simply put, the party held   three of the four seats from Gujarat in the Rajya Sabha which are up for re-election on March 26. Now it possesses numbers only to win two seats but chose to put up a third candidate at the last minute giving indications of its ‘unethical’   intentions to either poach or induce intentional disqualification of Congress votes. The BJP has a history of such machinations in the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah.The likelihood of postponement of polls in view of the carona outbreak will hardly make a difference for need has long given way to greed. And true to form the dice began to roll when five Congress legislators resigned in the run up to voting day. That some such thing was in the offing had been in the air in the corridors of power   here for some time. The speculation had gained in intens

Congress : Get Up Or Get Out !

BY R.K.MISRA There is this tale about the wise man and the fool.  The wise man does at once what the fool does finally, said Niccolo Machiavelli, the father of modern political philosophy and science. Whether Jyotiraditya Scindia is the wiseman   and the Congress a fool is best left for posterity to decipher but   current facts bode a different political script . This is not about Jyotiraditya Scindia who took 18 benefit-filled years to realise that the grass on the BJP side was greener. Nor is it about the fall of the Kamal Nath led Congress government or the consequential rise of a possible BJP equivalent   in Madhya Pradesh.  Again, it is also not about the political   engineering genius of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his   party chief turned home minister Amit Shah. This is about the Indian National Congress. In a canvass that spans centuries   many ‘Jyotis’ lighted up and extinguished. Even father Madhavrao left Congress and returned to the fold for

After Gujarat , Modi' s Model Now Puts India Under Massive Debt

BY R.K.MISRA Estimates may deign to deceive but figures ferret out   facts. In Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat, the government’s cumulative public debt has shot up to an astronomical Rs 2,96,268 crores which is   almost 75,000 crores   higher than the size of the   state’s budget estimates   of Rs,2,17,287   for   2020-21 placed in the State Assembly on February 26. The projections for 2022-23 see this   debt burgeoning to   Rs 3,71,989 crores in 2022-23.An assertion in the State Assembly would have you believe that a every child in the state is born to a burden of Rs 48,000. On 31 March 2012 this figure was   Rs 23,163 (calculating the state population as 6 crores). Gujarat hit headlines recently when it splurged to give a spectacular welcome to US President Donald Trump during his three hour visit to Ahmedabad. Gujarat’s public debt has been consistent with the rise of chief minister Narendra Modi who took charge of the state in Octo