Kancha Ilaiah


Anna, will Lokpal probe divine money?

Baba Ramdev is not willing to end his war against black money. He has now asked the government to unearth all black money — cash stashed away within the country as well as all the money parked in secret accounts in banks abroad.
Following Baba Ramdev’s exhortations, his disciples participated in hungerstrikes and agitations against black money.

Only another Mayawati can beat Mayawati

All-India Congress Committee general secretary Rahul Gandhi’s attempts to destabilise Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati’s government and win the next elections in Uttar Pradesh will have serious implications for the national polity.

Will a political tantric twist India’s destiny?

The movement against black money, including that which is stashed away in safe havens like Swiss banks, is more difficult than the movement against corruption and putting a Lokpal Bill in place.
Baba Ramdev, a Hindu spiritual and yoga guru, has taken up this issue with a long-term political objective.

An Egyptian evolution

The Egyptian revolution, perhaps, would be to the Islamic world what the French Revolution was to the Christian world. The Western intellectual predilection that the Islamic world is trapped in feudal Islamic dictatorships is likely to be disproved with this revolution. In fact, Western thinkers forget that the Christian Europe had also suffered brutal monarchies and feudal dictatorships for several centuries. While Christianity evolved definite ideas on political systems and the rights of human beings both in relation to each other as well as to the state, Islamic civil societies had evolved their own method.

Equality & Islam

The social role of Islam in the Indian subcontinent has become a topic of global debate.

Practise politics the Nitish Kumar way

One of the major problems that the nation faces is that its political class has made politics a business. And tragically, this political business is not grounded in business ethics.

Contrary theories

With the Srikrishna panel set to submit its report before the end of December, the specific issue of Telangana and the broader issue of smaller states have once again come to the limelight.

Colours of terror

Union home minister P. Chidambaram’s recent quip on “saffron terror” has triggered a major debate on “religion and colour”, so to say.

Comrade, whither goest thou?

The extended central committee meeting of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, has not thrown up any radical formula to revitalise the party. This is disappointing since the battered and bruised Communists of India are in the worst shape possible in their entire history.

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