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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Saturday, November 5, 2011

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http://www.telegraphindia.com/1111105/jsp/bengal/story_14711372.jsp
Why CM is in combat mode

Calcutta, Nov. 4: Even if the Trinamul Congress does not immediately withdraw its ministers from the UPA-II government, Mamata Banerjee's warning shows two things. It reflects her anxiety to score political points but also shows that she is herself under pressure.

Mamata's announcement today that she could withdraw from the central government on the petrol price hike issue allows her to distance herself from the UPA's increasingly unpopular image and decisions. At the same time, it helps her to take the wind out of the CPM's campaign against Trinamul, a partner in the UPA government, on price rise. The CPM has repeatedly questioned Mamata's silence on price rise.

The chief minister's outburst today also prepares the ground for tough decisions, such as increasing power tariff and transport fares, that she may have to take as administrator.

Mamata is increasingly feeling the pressure of running the government without raising such prices or finding other means to generate earnings. Bengal is finding itself in a situation similar to Greece — a bankrupt government plunging into financial chaos by refusing to hike prices and making structural reforms.

Her decision not to allow the state power companies to raise tariff has hurt the utilities and the state exchequer. It isn't that Mamata is unaware of the bleak situation the power utilities are facing. She has admitted to Coal India's stopping supply as the Bengal government couldn't clear the dues.

On June 25, Mamata announced the withdrawal of VAT on domestic LPG after the Centre increased the fuel price. While it helped her image, the move has actually hurt the cash-strapped government. In the little over five months that Mamata has been in power, the government has borrowed Rs 10,000 crore from the market. In the last fiscal, the Left Front government's entire borrowings were Rs 9,500 crore. Government employees are waiting to hear from the chief minister about the pending DA. The answer is expected by the second week of November.

The warning tops months of pressure she has been mounting on Delhi to give Bengal a special package. The threat of withdrawing Trinamul ministers from the UPA government comes in handy for her to bargain with the Centre. However, Mamata today took pains to point out that she was not "blackmailing" the Centre when she spoke of withdrawing ministers. "This is not for bargaining or blackmailing. We can't accept a decision that hurts the people," she said.

At the same time, Mamata realises that coming out of the UPA at this stage can hurt her plans for Bengal, a point that some Trinamul MPs have raised privately. "It isn't just about the package. As railway minister, she had started a number of projects for Bengal. The fate of these projects will be doomed if we pull out at this stage," an MP said.

Mamata also has to worry about the future. The Congress's fortunes appear set to decline in the next Lok Sabha polls, while Trinamul has the chance to increase its tally in Bengal. In that event, Mamata's position in the UPA will be disproportionately stronger, a point that Trinamul leaders are making from public platforms. She does not have to break the alliance with the Congress. Instead, with a weaker Congress, she can increase her bargaining power.

Withdrawal from the UPA may not be an easy option for her. But the threat to do so makes a lot of political sense to her. If the Centre decides on a rollback of petrol prices, even if partially, she can claim victory. If it does not, Mamata's image as a fighter for just causes gets a boost.

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