The Big Picture – Media, Activism in Conflict Zones in West Asia and Middle East

  Summary: Conflict zones have always created conflicts for the media itself about how to cover them. The major conflict zones like Middle East and West Asia have stretched not only the resources but more importantly the imaginations of the media in covering such things. Media’s role has been crucial and controversial sometimes. There have …

The Big Picture – Vacancies in Key Posts: What is the impact?

  Summary: For some time now concerns are being expressed in several quarters about the vacancies in key posts in government institutions. Like Chief Information Commissioner, Central Vigilance Commissioner, Vigilance Commissioner, High Court judges and police department. The post of CIC has been vacant since 5 weeks. A question also had been raised in the …

The Big Picture – Defying Election Commission: How to handle it?

  Summary: Some of the influential leaders have always been defying the election commission’s Code of Conduct and its orders. This is also said to be a corrupt practice and violation of law. National parties are not paying much attention on this. The best solution is to place the responsibility on political parties. Civil society …

The Big Picture – Al Qaeda Vs IS: Can it pose a threat to India?

For years the Al-qaeda has operated in many parts of the world with its biggest strike in America among others in the last decade. Meanwhile the breakaway group of Al-qaeda -the Islamic state- has been indulging in deadly activities in Iraq and Syria. It has challenged its parent organization. The recently released video by al-qaeda …

The Big Picture – Modi’s US Visit: Has it heralded a new beginning?

  The Indo -US relation which is going through a rough period needs to be restored. Prime Minister Modi’s visit is expected to improve the bilateral relationship. The US has also been showing some special interest in India in the recent years. The PM did not discuss about Geopolitics. The PM proposed “make in India” …

The Big Picture – FDI in insurance: Will it kick-start investments?

Summary: The FDI in insurance sector has been raised from 26% to 49%. This proposal had been pending since 2 years. This proposal first came in 1998. The insurance sector was thrown open to private players in the year 2000. This move will be welcomed globally and would increase the investments in the country. This …

The Big Picture – Jayalalithaa Conviction: How to hasten justice?

Summary: The conviction of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, after the case was made to drag on for 18 years, has brought to fore once again the laxity in the justice delivery system. The influential and wealthy dragging the case at the cost of justice has much been discussed. There are similar other cases …

The Big Picture – US strategy against ISIS: Will it work?

SUMMARY: After having been recognised internationally as the most dangerous terrorist organisation, Islamic State also known as ISIS is now facing a concerted attack from a global coalition led by the United States. The US forces have launched air attacks and held territories in Iraq and Syria. Syria, which is worst affected, finds itself in …

The Big Picture – Coal block allocation cancellations: Implications and future?

  SUMMARY: SC has cancelled 214 of the 218 coal block allocations made since 1993. The apex court had held that the allocations made by the various regimes at the centre since 1993 were illegal and were made arbitrarily. The court has also directed the companies, which were allocated coal blocks but had not operationalized, …

The Big Picture – CBI: Should it be within the ambit of RTI and Whistleblower laws?

Summary: As many the controversial cases the CBI has been investigating it seems to be involved in as many controversies itself. The CBI director is accused of meeting the persons who are friends or relatives of those accused under the cases being investigated. According to a former CBI director, it is not appropriate to receive …

The Big Picture – Scotland Vote: What does it imply?

Summary: Why they demanded Independence ? It is said that working class in particular demanded independence and upper class was quite happy with the united system. Growth of nationalism and assertion of identity politics has led to the demands for smaller states wanting to rule themselves. Many Scotts felt that they are being suppressed by the British. In the …

VIDEO – State of the Economy- with Gita Gopinath

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnpIlXBmvTQ&w=560&h=315] SUMMARY : The current video discusses the current global economy scenario and its effects on Indian Economy. The guest i.e. Ms Gita Gopinath is a professor of economics at Harvard, US. The discussion is more about the loopholes in Indian economy and talks about the causes and remedies of current economic dip in Indian …

VIDEO – Amendment to APMC Act- Will it Bring Relief From Souring Prices?

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_6v_NMU2NQ&w=560&h=315] Summary – The debate is cornered around the proposed amendment by the UPA Government in the APMC Act. This moves comes in order to bring relief from prevailing high prices of fruits and vegetables. The high prices have affected the common man the most and also the farmers. Firstly, What is APMC Act? What …

The Big Picture – Will 2014 see new policy and paradigms in India?

Guests: Mohan Guruswamy (Visiting Fellow, Observer Research Foundation) ; Dr. Santosh Mehrotra (Director General, Institute of Applied Manpower Research) ; Renu Kohli (Former Staff Member, International Monetary Fund and RBI) ; Paranjoy Guha Thakurta (Senior Journalist and Economic Analyst) Anchor: Girish Nikam [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKZ2yzia3GM&w=560&h=315] Courtesy: Rajya Sabha TV

World Panorama – the rationale behind Japan’s increased spending on defense

Topic: The rationale behind Japan’s increased spending on defense. With the threat of China looming over Japan, its imperative for Japan to defend its territory, however does that mean Japan is letting go of its decades old pacifist approach? Guest: R N Das (Senior Fellow, IDSA) [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2kB5sXos9M&w=560&h=315] Courtesy: Rajya Sabha TV

VIDEO – State of the Economy – Migration of the Agricultural Labour, Food Habits in the Lower Strata of the Pyramid,

In this episode of State of the Economy, Mr. Santosh Mehrotra (Director General, Institute of Applied Manpower Research) talks about the changing trends in the economy like the migration of the agricultural labour, food habits in the lower strata of the pyramid, etc; emergence of the reality sector; the rate of job creation required for …