Modi's E-mail ID For Tip-Offs Is A Path To Hell Paved With Good Intentions

The revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia announced yesterday that an e-mail ID has been created for people to give information on black money to Income Tax officials. The philosophy is simple. Each one of us know atleast one or more people who deposited black money in their accounts. Either themselves or through their representatives (including family members). So for example, a very friend of yours calls you to request you to deposit 2.5 lacs in your bank account, you know now that he has black mone

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The Real Question In The Uttar Pradesh Election

As the campaign in Uttar Pradesh picks up, the latest polls show the Bharatiya Janata Party with a significant advantage over Mayawati. This is in line with our analysis early this month that the BJP could win a landslide in UP. The vote share predictions are increasingly likely to push Mayawati to seek an alliance with the Congress party and increased pressure on BJP to announce a CM candidate in UP. This could further complicate the election. However, this article is focussed on the issues eme

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Assembly Elections Confirm The Four Principles That Work In Indian Politics

Elections in India continue to be easily predictable if one does not get too involved with them and get misguided by meaningless statistics.  Using fundamental principles, analysts are increasingly able to predict elections as well as polls. Surjit Bhalla is a case in point. He managed to get Bihar very precisely and performed really well on the elections in 2016. The only cheap thrill is that I beat him on both Assam and Kerala where I predicted landslides/ Comfortable wins while he was mu

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Mamata's Disappointing Legacy

Most Politicians enter politics to make a difference to the people around them, to make a name for themselves. At the beginning, a certain level of idealism and passion drives their choices. However, along the way, many of these politicians make those little and big compromises in the name of the big goal of making a difference and leaving a legacy. Idealism is replaced by the unquenchable quest for power. Mamata Banerjee's career in many ways is similar to the careers of many leading polit

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