THE HIMALAYAN TALK: INDIAN GOVERNMENT FOOD SECURITY PROGRAM RISKIER

http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c The government of India has announced food security program ahead of elections in 2014. We discussed the issue with Palash Biswas in Kolkata today. http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c Ahead of Elections, India's Cabinet Approves Food Security Program ______________________________________________________ By JIM YARDLEY http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/indias-cabinet-passes-food-security-law/

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICAL OF BAMCEF LEADERSHIP

[Palash Biswas, one of the BAMCEF leaders and editors for Indian Express spoke to us from Kolkata today and criticized BAMCEF leadership in New Delhi, which according to him, is messing up with Nepalese indigenous peoples also. He also flayed MP Jay Narayan Prasad Nishad, who recently offered a Puja in his New Delhi home for Narendra Modi's victory in 2014.]

THE HIMALAYAN DISASTER: TRANSNATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT MECHANISM A MUST

We talked with Palash Biswas, an editor for Indian Express in Kolkata today also. He urged that there must a transnational disaster management mechanism to avert such scale disaster in the Himalayas. http://youtu.be/7IzWUpRECJM

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS LASHES OUT KATHMANDU INT'L 'MULVASI' CONFERENCE

अहिले भर्खर कोलकता भारतमा हामीले पलाश विश्वाससंग काठमाडौँमा आज भै रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मूलवासी सम्मेलनको बारेमा कुराकानी गर्यौ । उहाले भन्नु भयो सो सम्मेलन 'नेपालको आदिवासी जनजातिहरुको आन्दोलनलाई कम्जोर बनाउने षडयन्त्र हो।' http://youtu.be/j8GXlmSBbbk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS LASHES OUT KATHMANDU INT'L 'MULVASI' CONFERENCE

अहिले भर्खर कोलकता भारतमा हामीले पलाश विश्वाससंग काठमाडौँमा आज भै रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मूलवासी सम्मेलनको बारेमा कुराकानी गर्यौ । उहाले भन्नु भयो सो सम्मेलन 'नेपालको आदिवासी जनजातिहरुको आन्दोलनलाई कम्जोर बनाउने षडयन्त्र हो।' http://youtu.be/j8GXlmSBbbk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS BLASTS INDIANS THAT CLAIM BUDDHA WAS BORN IN INDIA

THE HIMALAYAN VOICE: PALASH BISWAS DISCUSSES RAM MANDIR

Published on 10 Apr 2013 Palash Biswas spoke to us from Kolkota and shared his views on Visho Hindu Parashid's programme from tomorrow ( April 11, 2013) to build Ram Mandir in disputed Ayodhya. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77cZuBunAGk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALSH BISWAS FLAYS SOUTH ASIAN GOVERNM

Palash Biswas, lashed out those 1% people in the government in New Delhi for failure of delivery and creating hosts of problems everywhere in South Asia. http://youtu.be/lD2_V7CB2Is

Palash Biswas on BAMCEF UNIFICATION!

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS ON NEPALI SENTIMENT, GORKHALAND, KUMAON AND GARHWAL ETC.and BAMCEF UNIFICATION! Published on Mar 19, 2013 The Himalayan Voice Cambridge, Massachusetts United States of America

BAMCEF UNIFICATION CONFERENCE 7

Published on 10 Mar 2013 ALL INDIA BAMCEF UNIFICATION CONFERENCE HELD AT Dr.B. R. AMBEDKAR BHAVAN,DADAR,MUMBAI ON 2ND AND 3RD MARCH 2013. Mr.PALASH BISWAS (JOURNALIST -KOLKATA) DELIVERING HER SPEECH. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLL-n6MrcoM http://youtu.be/oLL-n6MrcoM

Imminent Massive earthquake in the Himalayas

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICIZES GOVT FOR WORLD`S BIGGEST BLACK OUT

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICIZES GOVT FOR WORLD`S BIGGEST BLACK OUT

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS TALKS AGAINST CASTEIST HEGEMONY IN SOUTH ASIA

Palash Biswas on Citizenship Amendment Act

Mr. PALASH BISWAS DELIVERING SPEECH AT BAMCEF PROGRAM AT NAGPUR ON 17 & 18 SEPTEMBER 2003 Sub:- CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT ACT 2003 http://youtu.be/zGDfsLzxTXo

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सेना प्रमुख का इशाराः 'संक्षिप्त युध्द' के लिए तैयार रहे सेना!

सेना प्रमुख का इशाराः 'संक्षिप्त युध्द' के लिए तैयार रहे सेना!

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नई दिल्‍ली : थल सेनाध्यक्ष जनरल दलबीर सिंह सुहाग ने कहा है कि सीमा पर लगातार हो रहे संघर्ष विराम के उल्‍लंघन और पाकिस्‍तान की ओर से की जा रही घुसपैठ की कोशिशों के मद्देनजर सेना को संक्षिप्‍त युद्धों के लिए तैयार रहना चाहिए। गौर हो कि आर्मी चीफ 1965 युद्ध पर हो रहे सेमिनार के मौके पर मंगलवार को तीनों सेनाओं को संबोधित कर रहे थे।

उन्‍होंने कहा कि हम जानते हैं कि भविष्‍य में होने वाले छोटे युद्ध की चेतावनी के लिए सीमित समय होगा। ऐसे में ऑपरेशनल तैयारियों को हर समय उच्‍च स्‍तर पर रखना जरूरी है। यह हमारी रणनीति के लिए अहम हो गया है। सेना प्रमुख ने यह भी कहा कि पाकिस्‍तान की ओर से किए जा रहे संघर्ष विराम के उल्‍लंघन की संख्‍याओं में हो रहे इजाफे को देखते हुए सेना पहले से अधिक सतर्क हो गई है। हमारे खतरे और चुनौतियां पहले से अधिक जटिल हो गई हैं। 

पश्चिम में हमारे पड़ोसी देश की ओर से हो रहे लगातार हो रही घुसपैठ के कारण सीमा पर सतर्कता काफी बढ़ गई है। जम्‍मू-कश्‍मीर में अशांति फैलाने के लिए लगातार नए तरीके अपनाए जा रहे हैं। उन्‍होंने कहा कि 1965 का युद्ध भारतीय सेना के अदम्‍य साहस, असाधारण महानता और दृढ़ संकल्‍प की गाथा है। उन्‍होंने युद्ध के दौरान नागरिक आबादी के योगदान की भी प्रसंशा की और बताया कि सेना के लिए लोगों का सहयोग कितना अहम होता है।


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दंडकारण्य में शरणार्थी आंंदोलन,विद्यालयों में बंगला शिक्षको की व्यवस्था की मांग

राजेश हालदार @ परलकोट- "जाति मान्यता दिते होबे,बंगला मोदेर गोर्भेर भाषा " के हुंकारों से एक बार फिर आज परलकोट वासियों ने कापसी दुर्गा मंदिर प्रांगण में एकत्र होकर सरकार  के कानो तक अपनी बात और मांग पहुँचाने का सफल प्रयास किया जिसमे परलकोट क्षेत्र से लगभग 12000 से भी ज्यादा बंगबंधुओ ने  निखिल भारत बंगाली उदवास्तु समन्वय समिति के मार्गदर्शन में एकत्र होकर नामोशुद्र जाती हेतु SC मान्यता और विद्यालयों में बंगला शिक्षको की व्यवस्था की मांग पर राजनैतिक दलभेद को भूलकर एकस्वर में अपनी मांगो के लिए आवाज़ उठाया | सभा में उमड़े जनसैलाब को क्षेत्र के कई जनप्रतिनिधियों सहित आम लोगों ने भी संबोधित कर सरकार के सौतेले व्यवहार पर अपने मन की वेदनाए व्यक्त करते हुए इस बार आर-पार की लड़ाई लड़ने की बात कही | सभा में बच्चे,युवा,महिला सहित विभाजन के इतिहास के गवाह रहे 90 वर्ष से ऊपर कई वृद्धजन तेज़ गर्मी में भी सरकार से अपना हक मांगने पहुंचे जिनके बूढी आँखों में आज भी अपने जाती मान्यता और भाषा के लिए एक आस जगी हुयी है |

ज्ञात हो कि भारत-बांग्लादेश विभाजन के बाद बंगबंधुओ को अपने ही देश में अपना पैत्रिक संपत्ति और रिश्ते-नातों को छोड़ खाली हाथ शरणार्थी बनकर आना पड़ा एवं तत्कालिक सरकार द्वारा इन बंगबंधुओ को भारत के विभिन्न राज्यों में बसाया गया जिसमे से एक स्थान छत्तीसगढ़ राज्य के कांकेर जिला का बेहद जंगलो से घिरा हुआ दण्डकारण्य था | जब इन बंगबंधु शरणार्थियो को दण्डकारण्य के जंगलो के बीच छोटे-छोटे कैम्पों में बसाया गया तब सरकार द्वारा इन्हें नाम मात्र का राशन, औजार ,गाय और खेती हेतु जंगलो से भरा हुआ ज़मीन दिया गया | शुरुवाती दिन बेहद मुश्किलों भरा था न सड़क थी, न बिजली और न ही पानी की उचित व्यवस्था यह तक की रोजी-रोटी हेतु न तो कोई साधन था और न ही रोजगार की कोई व्यवस्था , था तो बस आँखों में अपनों से बिछड़ने के आंसू और दिलो में एक बेहतर भविष्य गड़ने की कल्पना वावजूद इसके बंगबंधुओ ने सरकार के उपेक्षा और अपने ही देश में शरणार्थी बनकर रहने के टीस को भुलाकर अपने अथक प्रयास से इस परलकोट क्षेत्र के रूपरेखा को ही बदलकर रख  दिया | बंगबंधुओ ने इन कई सालो में अपना खून-पसीना बहाकर क्षेत्र के जंगली बंजर भूमि को न सिर्फ उपजाऊ बनाया बल्कि तकनीकी विकास की राह पर भी इतिहास गढ़ दिया आज परलकोट क्षेत्र के उन्नत तस्वीर के पीछे बंगबंधुओ के अथक सहयोग को कोई नहीं नकार सकता परन्तु इन बंगबंधुओ को आज भी सरकार के उपेक्षा भरे दृष्टिकोण का शिकार होना पड़ रहा है बरहाल अब बंगबंधुओ को अपने हक के लिए एकजुट होकर हुँकार भरना पड़ रहा है |

अंतागढ़ विधानसभा में विधायक तय करने की दिशा में बंगबंधुओ की भूमिका बेहद अहम है और इसका फायदा राजनैतिक दलों द्वारा आश्वासनों के जरिए अपनी जीत पक्की कर उठाया जाता रहा है | चुनाव आते ही नमोशुद्र जाती मान्यता और बंगला भाषा के पक्ष में वादों और आश्वासनों की एक होड़ सी लग जाती है इस होड़ में अबकी बार विधानसभा चुनाव के दौरान वर्तमान छत्तीसगढ़ मुख्यमंत्री डॉ. रमनसिंह ने भी कोई कसर नही छोड़ी  परन्तु इन बेबस और किस्मत के मारे बंगबंधुओ के इन मांगो को चुनाव में जीत के बाद नेताओ द्वारा वादों की पोटली बाँध कही दूर समुंदर में डुबो दिया जाता है | अपने उपेक्षाओ से त्रस्त होकर अब बंगबंधूओ ने एकजुट होकर अपने मांगो के लिए सड़क की लड़ाई लड़ने का मन बना लिया है |

पखांजूर पुराने बस स्टैंड सभा से प्रारंभ हुआ यह जनशक्ति अब क्षेत्र के विभिन्न गाँवों-गलियारों तक पहुँच रही है | कापसी में आयोजित इस सभा को कोयलीबेडा जनपद सदस्य लक्ष्मण मंडावी ने संबोधित करते हुए बंगबंधुओ के इन मांगो को जायज़ बताते हुए सरकार से इन मांगो पर तत्काल विचार करने की बात कही वही इस आन्दोलन के चेतना स्रोत पवित्र घोष और पतिराम मंडल ने भी अब बंगबंधुओ से आर-पार की लड़ाई लड़ने के लिए तैयार रहने की बात कही | सभा को नगरपंचायत अध्यक्ष असीम राय, जिला पंचायत सदस्य सुप्रकाश मल्लिक,भाजपा युवामोर्चा अध्यक्ष विकास पाल, मनोज मंडल, बुद्धदेव सरकार सहित कई जनप्रिय प्रतिनिधियों ने संबोधित करते हुए राजनैतिक मत-भेदों से ऊपर उठकर अपने हक की लड़ाई लड़के की बात कही | सभा को अन्य प्रदेशो से आये कई वक्ताओ ने भी संबोधित किया

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Rajan has lost his raj!The RBI Governor is nothing better than a Bankrupt speaking nonsense again and again.Lo the Market crashed again! Market loses its nerve on weak GDP, Sensex tumbles 587 points The BSE 30-share was bound for the south, hitting a low of 25,579.88 before ending at 25,696.44, down 586.65 points, or 2.23 per cent. This saga of GDP is disastrous than anything and it would kill us! It is, in fact, GENOCIDE DEVELOPMENT POINTER! Palash Biswas

Rajan has lost his raj!The RBI Governor is nothing better than a Bankrupt speaking nonsense again and again.Lo the Market crashed again!

Market loses its nerve on weak GDP, Sensex tumbles 587 points

The BSE 30-share was bound for the south, hitting a low of 25,579.88 before ending at 25,696.44, down 586.65 points, or 2.23 per cent.

This saga of GDP is disastrous than anything and it would kill us!

It is, in fact, GENOCIDE DEVELOPMENT POINTER!

Palash Biswas

I have no idea why this gentleman is holding on the fort which is already lost!


This saga of GDP is disastrous than anything and it would kill us!

It is, in fact, GENOCIDE DEVELOPMENT POINTER!


He has no credential whatsoever.He issues statement everyday.No statement might holdon global trends.For whom he is misleading the investors?


He is defending the market in turmoil!Why?


The RBI is reduced into a petty tool of money making global order of fraud and money laundering,I am afraid to say.


Mr.Rajan,why don`t you tell the truth that bloody rate cuts might not hold on the viral global trends while the economy has lost its bottom and we have virtually no fiscal management to sustain the devastated production system!


Mr.Rajan,why don`t you tell the truth that service oriented economy under free market global order is better than some glittering CASINO which blooms to destroy the masses!


Market loses its nerve on weak GDP, Sensex tumbles 587 points

The BSE 30-share was bound for the south, hitting a low of 25,579.88 before ending at 25,696.44, down 586.65 points, or 2.23 per cent.


Sensex Slumps Nearly 600 Points on Weak GDP, Global Selloff

NDTV - ‎3 hours ago‎

Indian stock markets slumped on Tuesday, with the BSE Sensex and Nifty indices closing 2.25 per cent lower. The BSE Sensex ended 587 points lower at 25,696 while Nifty declined 185 points, ending below the key 7,800 levels. At its day's low, the Sensex ...

6 reasons why Sensex, Nifty are sinking

Times of India - ‎1 hour ago‎

NEW DELHI: The Sensex fell over 700 points and Nifty fell more than 2 per cent on Tuesday to near its lowest in about a year. Here are the six reasons why markets took a hit today: 1. Lower-than-expected GDP data ...

Sensex ends 587 points down, Nifty below 7800; five factors that weighed on ...

Economic Times - ‎3 hours ago‎

NEW DELHI: The S&P BSE Sensex plummeted 586.65 points on Tuesday amid weak GDP data and a slump in equity markets the world over, as a contraction in August PMI stoked fears of a sharper slowdown in the Chinese economy. The 30-pack index ...

Sensex ends 587 points down at 25696 on weak GDP data, global cues; Nifty ...

Financial Express - ‎3 hours ago‎

The BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty fell on Tuesday dragged by banking and financial stocks after reports of HDFC Bank's steep base rate cut on Monday sparked fears that other lenders will be able to match it only at the cost of margins. (Photo: PTI).

Live: Sensex, Nifty slump 2% on GDP data, China jitters

Livemint - ‎2 hours ago‎

3.45pm The S&P BSE Sensex closed 586.65 points, or 2.23 %, down at 25,696.44, while the 50-share CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) closed up 185.45 points, or 2.33%, at 7,785.85. 3.30PM The S&P BSE Sensexis trading down 586.33 ...

Sensex closes 586 pts down, Nifty slips below 7800

Business Today - ‎2 hours ago‎

The slide in Asian markets and below-expected GDP data sobered investor sentiments in the Indian equities markets on Tuesday, leading benchmark BSE Sensex to close 586 points down. The Nifty closed more than 2 per cent down on Tuesday after HDFC ...

5 reasons why Sensex fell over 500 points today

Financial Express - ‎3 hours ago‎

The BSE Sensex closed 586.65 points down to one-year low of 25,696.44, while Nifty tanked 185.45 points to close at 7,785,85 following weak macroeconomic-data amid subdued Asian cues due to weakness in China's economy. The Sensex fell over 700 ...

Pain returns: Sensex ends 587 pts down on global selloff; investors lose Rs 2 ...

Firstpost - ‎1 hour ago‎

Mumbai: Shares once again went into a tailspin on Tuesday leaving investors in a fix, as the domestic economy's dismal first quarter GDP data and weak Chinese manufacturing numbers intensified worries that the world's second largest economy could be in ...

3 reasons why the Sensex plunged 700 points today

Business Standard - ‎3 hours ago‎

Markets tumbled yet again in trade on Tuesday with the S&P BSE Sensex slipping nearly 700 points to touch an intra-day low of 25,579 levels, while the CNX Nifty lost over 200 points to hit a low of 7,746 levels. Buying at lower levels, however, helped ...

Sensex slumps 626 points amid weak global cues

Business Standard - ‎5 hours ago‎

Benchmark share indices dropped over 2%, amid weak global cues, to end near their one-year lows with bank shares leading the decline on the back of weak GDP, core sector and factory growth. The Sensex provisionally ended down 626 points at 26,657 ...

Market loses its nerve on weak GDP, Sensex tumbles 587 points

The Indian Express - ‎32 minutes ago‎

A set of weak GDP numbers, along with downbeat global macros, sent markets reeling today, with the benchmark BSE Sensex plunging a steep 587 points to close at over 1-year low as selling spread. The growth data, which came in after market hours on ...

GDP, weak Chinese data weigh: Sensex falls 300 pts, slips below 26000

Firstpost - ‎9 hours ago‎

Maintaining the downward trend after Monday's fall, key domestic share benchmark indices witnessed rapid slump in early trade today with the Sensex plunging almost 300 points to slip below the 26,000 mark as lower-than-estimated first-quarter GDP ...

Sensex down over 550 points; Nifty tests 7800; JP Associates down 4%

Economic Times - ‎5 hours ago‎

NEW DELHI: The S&P BSE Sensex plunged over 550 points in trade today on weak GDP and PMI readings. Global cues too were unsupportive. The 50-share Nifty index fell over 2 per cent and was testing its crucial psychological level of 7,800. The domestic ...

Sensex falls 587 points to over 1-year low

The Hindu - ‎2 hours ago‎

Indian market again lost ground today as the benchmark BSE Sensex plummeted by 587 points to close at over one-year low of 25,696.44 on intensified selling triggered by weak domestic and global macroeconomic data. A government data on Monday said ...

Sensex Falls Sharply Amid Slump in Global Markets: 10 Developments

NDTV - ‎5 hours ago‎

BSE Sensex and Nifty fell sharply on Tuesday amid a slump in global markets. Lower-than-expected GDP (gross domestic product) data also weighed on markets. The Sensex fell over 450 points at its day's low of 25,822 while Nifty slumped to 7,823. Here ...

Sensex cracks 587 pts, Nifty ends at 7786; banks bleed

Moneycontrol.com - ‎4 hours ago‎

2:15 pm Shakers & Movers: Axis Bank topped the selling list on Sensex, down over 5 percent followed by Coal India and Hindalco Industries with 4.5 percent loss. The sharp fall in HDFC, HDFC Bank, L&T, ITC, ICICI Bank, SBI, Reliance Industries, Lupin ...

Sensex plummets 586 points to 1-year low; Nifty tanks 185 points to close at 7785

Zee News - ‎3 hours ago‎

Mumbai: BSE Sensex plummeted nearly 700 points on weak GDP data and a slump in equity markets the world over, as a contraction in August PMI stoked fears of a sharper slowdown in the Chinese economy. Stock markets fell about 2 percent on Tuesday, ...

Sensex falls over 700 points on weak GDP data, slide in Asian markets

Times of India - ‎3 hours ago‎

MUMBAI: On intensified selling in pre-close session, the benchmark BSE extended its rout to crash by 700 points, while NSE Nifty cracked the 7,800-mark due to lower- than-expected GDP data and sell-off in global equities. Sentiment was also hit after a ...

Sensex falls 586 points and Nifty ends below 7800 on global carnage

IBNLive - ‎3 hours ago‎

3:05 PM: The Sensex plunged 649.19 points or 2.47 % to 25633.90 and the Nifty dropped 204.85 points or 2.57% to 7766.45. About 478 shares have advanced, 2133 shares declined, and 97 shares are unchanged on the BSE. 1:55 PM: The market slips ...

Sensex down 6.5% in August; 5 stocks which rose up to 36% in BSE-500

Economic Times - ‎8 hours ago‎

NEW DELHI: Global rout in equities pushed the S&P BSE Sensex lower by 6.5 per cent in the month of August, while Nifty plunged 6.58 per cent to post their worst monthly performance since November 2011. Markets across the globe fell like crumbling house ...

China woes, GDP data drag Sensex 587 pts; Nifty below 7800

Moneycontrol.com - ‎2 hours ago‎

Axis Bank was the biggest loser on Sensex, down 5.24 percent. SBI and ICICI Bank were down 2-3 percent. Punjab National Bank lost 7 percent after Fitch Ratings downgraded viability rating by one notch to 'bb' to reflect the growing risk to the bank's ...

Sensex closes 587 points down on weak GDP data

Times of India - ‎1 hour ago‎

MUMBAI: Renewed fears about the slowing Chinese economy, combined with the less-than-expected doemstic GDP growth for June quarter, spooked Dalal Street investors on Tuesday. As a result, the sensex lost 587 points (or 2.2%) to close at 25,696 with ...

BSE Sensex, Nifty Under Pressure; GDP Data, Global Cues Weigh

NDTV - ‎8 hours ago‎

BSE Sensex and Nifty fell on Tuesday after data showed that Indian economy slowed in the June quarter. Lower Asian markets in the wake of weak China data also weighed on sentiment. The Sensex fell 300 points at its day's low of 25,984 while Nifty ...

Live Market Updates: Nifty breaches 7800, Sensex plunges over 500 pts; SBI falls

Moneycontrol.com - ‎5 hours ago‎

The Sensex plunged 428.61 points or 1.6 percent at 25854.48 and the Nifty is down 138.40 points or 1.7 percent at 7832.90. About 524 shares have advanced, 1945 shares declined, and 91 shares are unchanged. Axis Bank, HDFC, Coal India, L&T and ...

Sensex tanks 587 points as China's weak PMI data rattles global markets

Hindu Business Line - ‎3 hours ago‎

The benchmark BSE Sensex nosedived nearly 600 points owing to heavy sell-off in global markets. World stocks and commodity prices tumbled on Tuesday, as poor Chinese data saw fears about its economic health intensify. Weak manufacturing PMI and ...

Sensex Plunges Nearly 600 Points on China Slowdown Fears, Weak GDP, Rising Oil ...

International Business Times, India Edition - ‎2 hours ago‎

Indian stock markets plunged yet again with the benchmark BSE Sensex falling nearly 600 points on Tuesday, amid concerns over China's slowing growth and weak domestic cues. Sensex fell 586 points or 2.24% to close at 25,696, reverting to levels seen ...

Sensex Falls More Than 500 Points; Banking Stocks Lead Fall

NDTV - ‎4 hours ago‎

Sensex, Nifty fell about 2 per cent on Tuesday, dragged by banking and financial stocks after reports of HDFC Bank's steep base rate cut on Monday sparked fears that other lenders will be able to match it only at the cost of margins. HDFC Bank cut its ...

Indian Markets In The Red After Weak GDP Data; Sensex Ends August Down 6.5%

International Business Times - ‎5 hours ago‎

India's Sensex -- the country's benchmark equity index -- shed over 440 points during Tuesday's trade, a day after government figures revealed that the country's economy grew at a less-than-expected rate in the April-June quarter. Pictured: People walk ...

Sensex Provisionally Closes 587 Points Down

The New Indian Express - ‎2 hours ago‎

MUMBAI: The slide in Asian markets and below-expected macro data sobered investor sentiments in the Indian equities markets on Tuesday, leading a barometer index to provisionally close 587 points down. The barometer 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) ...

Sensex closes down nearly 600 points on weak GDP, factory output data

Daily News & Analysis - ‎2 hours ago‎

Benchmark BSE Sensex shed 586.65 points in Tuesday's trade, weighed down by weak macroeconomic factors from within the country, and growing concerns over the health of the global economy amid China's slowdown and a global sell-off in international ...




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The problem with Modi’s ‘Team India’


The problem with Modi's 'Team India'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation from the rampart of the historic Red Fort during Independence Day celebration, in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation from the rampart of the historic Red Fort during Independence Day celebration, in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

Not every Indian is equally involved in the Prime Minister's project of 'moving the country ahead'. And the real 'Team India' that is piloting the nation's development does not see eye to eye on many issues with vast sections of India's population.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day address this year, though delivered in Hindi, was peppered with English words. Three kinds of English words.

The first kind was as follows — those that were already a part of spoken Hindi, though not quite the norm in formal speech; words such as 'busy', 'injection', 'side-effect', 'request', 'fashion', etc.

Then there were those that belong to a specific semantic cluster — the world of the market, business, management. To this category belong terms such as 'work culture', 'financial inclusion', 'productivity', 'good governance', 'transparency', 'parameter', 'dimension', 'pyramid, 'brand ambassador', etc.

Closely allied to the linguistic milieu of the second is the third set of English usages: 'Start-up , Stand-up '; 'per drop, more crop'; and 'Team '.

In fact, 'Team India' occurred no less than 32 times in his speech of 85 minutes — more than any other catchphrase in either English or Hindi.

What is interesting is that, notwithstanding his Hindu-nativist, cultural nationalist pretensions, Mr. Modi settled on an English term to communicate his vision of the Indian nation as a team.

Why didn't he use a Hindi equivalent for 'Team India'? Is it because 'Bharat Dal' does not have the same ring as 'Team India'? What's more likely, it could be because the Hindi equivalents do not pack the same conceptual or ideological content that the English 'team' does.

Dynamics of a team

But what exactly is a team? What are the implications of imagining the nation as a team, as Mr. Modi did in his speech?

The dictionary defines a 'team' as "a set of people constituting one side in a competitive game", or "a set of people working in combination."

Three aspects stand out as integral to a team: competitiveness, being together, and work. Management textbooks typically add two more: a formal structure, and a purpose.

A team, then, is a group of people who work together in a structured way for a purpose that involves doing better than other teams. Armed with this understanding, we can try to answer the questions. Can a nation be a team? If yes, what then is the purpose of 'Team India'?

In his speech, while introducing the concept of 'Team India', Mr. Modi made two points: one, that the country is "moving ahead" only because of 'Team India'; two, that 'Team India' comprises our entire population of 125 crore people.

The two statements are patently untrue and mutually contradictory. Not every Indian is equally involved in Mr. Modi's project of "moving the country ahead". And the real 'Team India' that is piloting the nation's development does not see eye to eye on many issues with vast sections of the 125 crore people that, as per Mr. Modi's claim, comprise 'Team India'.

To take an obvious example, Mr. Modi in his speech announced his intent to cure the "poison of casteism" with the "nectar of development". But we are yet to hear the Prime Minister suggest that one Mr. Hardik Patel, agitating in Gujarat for reservations for his caste, should drop his demands in exchange for the 'nectar of development'. After all, Mr. Patel and lakhs of his followers would be intimately familiar with the charms of this nectar, having tasted it in its purest form in the famed 'Gujarat model'.

Given the extant fault lines of caste, ethnicity, language, region and that criss-cross the nation, Mr. Modi's 'Team India' is clearly a project rather than a reality. Yet, even as a project, it is deeply problematic.

For instance, in the light of the recent events in Gujarat, are Patels and Dalits batting for the same team? Are indebted farmers contemplating suicide and billionaire investors seeking farmland part of the same team? Are Adivasis and mining companies equal members of 'Team India'?

Furthermore, all teams are hierarchical, with a captain who calls the shots. In Mr. Modi's re-imagining of the nation as a team, it is obvious who the captain is.

The logic of 'Team India'

To understand the underlying logic of the Team India project, one must go back to the core ideas of a 'team': competition and purpose. Teams in the real world are typically time-bound — they come together for a task or activity, and disband once the task/activity is finished.

As the cementing element of a national identity, however, the team becomes an all-encompassing, permanent condition. Mr. Modi's repeated invocation of 'Team India' communicates a vision of nationhood as a 'team' of 125 crore Indians that is in fierce competition for global supremacy with other nations. The task facing this team is nation-building (defined as strengthening the nation-state, not to be confused with the welfare of the poor). It is a task that can never end. Or end only at the level of the individual — with death.

Such a vision of 'Team India' demands a complete merger of the nation with the state, in which the citizen, instead of being a rights-bearing political entity with claims on the state, dwindles into a kind of glorified employee who, like any model employee of the 21st century, would put the interests of the team above self-interest (or any other interest). Here, the team's interest, lest there be any doubt, means national interest.

The flip side of this idea of citizens as members of a national team is that any democratic dissent — or criticism of the captain — signifies 'bad team player'. A bad team player sabotages the team's interests, i.e., national interest. This follows naturally from the absolute subordination of citizenship — which entails rights vested in the individual — to the interests of the state. In other words, civil and democratic rights, such as privacy and freedom of expression, hold no importance from the perspective of the team.

If a media organisation was to report on  abuses perpetrated by the state, it could be viewed as harming the national interest. Ditto for non-governmental organisations (NGO). Not surprisingly, the Modi  has been far more draconian in its crackdown on rights-based NGOs compared to its predecessor.

From 'Team India' to 'Team Modi'

The term 'Team India' first gained currency as a moniker for India's national cricket team. Among Indian cricket fans, it was a mode of identification that evoked intense patriotic, and frequently jingoistic, passions. But 'Team India' in this case referred to a specific team of 11 skilled Indians who had come together to represent the country in a global competition. It did not comprise the entire population of India; 125 crore Indians might cheer for 'Team India', the cricket team. They might wear the team jersey, or paint their faces in the team colours. But they could not themselves participate in Team India's World Cup. They had no say in the team composition, or choice of captain, or match strategy, nor could they themselves go out and play — for they were not members of 'Team India' in reality. They were merely its cheerleaders, and had no illusions about it.

On the other hand, the nation recast as 'Team India' reproduces the same structure of patriotic identification but with an added bonus — the delusion of equal participation. Mr. Modi is the captain leading 'Team India'. The actual 'team' here is the Indian state and those with access to, if not control over, its various levers.

All that the 125 crore 'members' of this so-called 'Team India' can do is cheer the captain and/or obey his instructions. When Mr. Modi asks 125 crore Indians to unite for the cause of 'Team India', he is effectively addressing them as their captain, instructing them to contribute their bit to make 'Team India' win — by offering it their lands, surrendering their rights, giving up their subsidies, all for the greater glory of 'Team India'. It is essentially a top-down, anti-democratic project.

Finally, the very nature of team-centric discourse is such that the captain, sooner or later, becomes a metonym for the team. It remains to be seen whether this invocation of nationhood as a team catches on in public discourse. If it does, and the term 'Team India' as used by Mr. Modi achieves popular currency, it would be natural for it become interchangeable with Team Modi.

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/the-problem-with-modis-team-india/article7596770.ece

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