During Modi 1.0, Over Rs. 4.3 Lakh Crore Worth of Tax Concessions Given to Corporates

During its first term at the Centre, the Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party government provided tax exemptions to corporate entities amounting to a whopping Rs. 4.32 lakh crore, according to Budget documents of various years. The amount of concessions increased every year from Rs. 65,067 crore in 2014-15 to about Rs.1.09 lakh crore in its last year, 2018-19. On an average, …

Nagpur University saffronises history: RSS’ role in communalism replaced with role in “nation building”

In a clear attempt to distort history of India’s freedom struggle, the Nagpur University administration – apparently under the influence of BJP and its parent organisation, Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) – has decided to teach RSS’ role in “nation building” by revising the second-year BA History syllabus. As per the new syllabus, the University administration has introduced a chapter on …

Gujarat: Journalist, his family attacked by former sarpanch for critical report on govt project

 Bureau chief of a Gujarat Daily in Valsad was assaulted, along with his wife and one and a half-year-old daughter by a former sarpanch on Saturday night, days after the journalist’s report, critical of the government project undertaken by accused, was published in the newspaper. According to police, 34-year-old Harshad Ahir, a native of Bhagdawada in Valsad, who is the …

India’s hunt for “illegal immigrants” is aimed at Muslims

 Amit shah, India’s home minister, calls them “termites” and “infiltrators”. The government will hunt them down and throw them into the sea, he thunders. Unfortunately, it is not just the standard bluster from a nativist politician railing against illegal immigration. Last year bureaucrats in the Indian state of Assam, which has a population of about 33m people, produced a list …

CBI raids home, offices of lawyers Indira Jaising, Anand Grover in foreign funding case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday carried out searches at homes and offices of Supreme Court lawyer Indira Jaising and her husband Anand Grover in connection with an alleged violation of foreign funding rules for their NGO Lawyers Collective. The searches are taking place at the Delhi and Mumbai offices of the NGO, officials said on Thursday. Officials …

Muslims Distribute Food at Re-consecration Ceremony of Hauz Qazi Temple in Show of Communal Harmony

Scores of people from different communities participated in a ceremony to install new idols at a temple in Hauz Qazi area here, which was vandalised last week after a fight over parking took a communal turn. In signs of rapprochement, Muslims participated in distributing water, cold drinks and food during a procession that was taken in the area. Abdul Baqir, …