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Deadline - APRIL 16, 2017
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GST what does it mean?
The Lok Sabha passed four key GST (Goods and Services Tax) Bills on March 29. With the aim of rolling out the GST by July 1, the government will discuss it in the Rajya Sabha and then bring it back to the Lok Sabha for amendments. The GST is being touted as the biggest indirect tax reform since independence. What is the significance of the GST? Who will reap the benefits and feels the burdens of this new tax system? What are the potential challenges in the implementation of the GST?
There has been a rapid increase in cow vigilantism especially in the Northern parts of India. Recently a 55-year-old Muslim man transporting cattle has died after being beaten by a mob of about 200 cow protection vigilantes on a highway connecting Jaipur to New Delhi. Gulab Chand Kataria, the Home Minister of Rajasthan, suggested that although causing the death of the man was unacceptable, the mob was justified to stop his vehicle since smuggling cows out of Rajasthan is unlawful. Could the weak reaction of the government to this event lead to an even higher rise in cow vigilante incidents? Will other religious vigilante groups take advantage of the government's willingness to look the other way on such issues? What do these incidents mean for the already fraying relationship between the Hindu and Muslim communities in India?
Uttar Pradesh government crackdown on slaughterhouses causes fear of meat shortage and job loss
The BJP’s election manifesto promised to shut down all illegal slaughterhouses and place curbs on all mechanical abattoirs in the state. Although there has been an assurance that legal slaughterhouses will not be harmed abattoir owners allege the administration was harassing even legal set-ups. In economic terms, UP accounts for nearly 50% of India’s total meat exports. What does the government’s crackdown mean for the UP economy and the Indian economy at large? Is there a way for the government to prevent the unemployment fallout that will result from the shutdown of slaughterhouses?
Is this the end of the road for the Congress Party?
Since the 2014 general elections Congress has gone from being the single most dominant political force in India to having control of just six of India's 29 states and supporting a regional coalition in Bihar. Going by its performance in Tamil Nadu, it is taking a beating even as an alliance partner. Recently, despite being the party with the single highest votes in both the Goa and Manipur election the Congress still failed to form governments in both states as the BJP formed coalition with Independents and other parties. Clearly, the Congress needs agile politicians if they are to remain relevant in the Indian political theatre. What do these elections mean for the future of the party? Can the Congress come back from this debacle and what can the party do to prevent such a situation from arising again?
Muslims in Indian electoral politics
The Uttar Pradesh elections were blow to the Muslim community where they were down from 69 seats to just 24. The BJP did not field a single Muslim candidate in the 403 seats. Political pundits in the Muslim community have begun to debate whether or not their presence in the political arena has become problematic for Hindus. What has prompted this steep decline in Muslim representation? Where do these elections leave Muslims- a sizeable minority in India? How can the nation move past voting on communal lines?