The reformer-crusader Finance Minister, Palaniappan Chidambaram, didn’t waste his eighth opportunity to present the Union Budget, the last full budget before 2014 elections, by helping the rich and giving peanuts to the rest of India.

Last month, after the costliest and arguably, the nastiest campaign in history, Barack Obama secured four more years in the most high-profile job in the world. Voters picked Obama over millionaire Romney despite a stubbornly high unemployment rate and a weak economic recovery in the aftermath of the Lehman collapse in 2008.

The last few months have witnessed a slew of policy announcement by the United Progressive Alliance II (UPA-II) government. The media labelled the announcement as the second wave of economic reforms of the UPA-II. Important among the policy changes are: (i) allowing Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi brand retail sector in India; (ii) partial withdrawal of subsidy to cooking gas by limiting the entitlement of the number of subsidised gas cylinders to a family to six in a year; and (iii) disinvestment of certain public sector units.

The nature of industrial disputes and workers struggles has seen mammoth changes during the last decade. There have been considerable mutations in the patterns and frequency of resistance in the past years and its role and prominence in the political affairs of the country also became more vital. At the initial period of post-liberalisation the involvement of workers in union activities, in industries invigorated with the neo-liberal reforms were staidly burgeoning and the place of such movements were more in the periphery of general workers struggle in the country.

കളികളില്‍ താല്പര്യമില്ലാത്തവര്‍ ആരുണ്ട്? കളികളുടെ ശാസ്ത്രീയതയും മനുഷ്യ സ്വഭാവത്തില്‍ അതിന്റെ വിവിധങ്ങളായ സ്വാധീനങ്ങളെയും കുറിച്ച് പ്രതിപാദിക്കുന്ന ശാസ്ത്ര ശാഖയാണ് ഗെയിം തിയറി.

We have a loss of Rs.1.86 lakh crore to the exchequer, and the government is not tired of playing one political gimmick after another. As if 2G-spectrum scandal wasn’t enough, UPA Government decided to take make it bigger with the coal-gate with our very own hon’ble PM as the head of the Ministry of Coal. Interestingly, this time out the Government is not facing the guns for its neo-liberal policy per se, but for the way in which it chose to execute the policy.