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  • The government decides to decriminalize more than two-thirds of penal sections in the Companies Act
  • Muslim groups tell the Supreme Court that they want the Babri Masjid to be restored
  • Muslim groups claim that while they were asked questions in court, Hindus were not questioned
  • Postpaid mobile services restored in Jammu & Kashmir from today, but still no internet
  • Abhijit Banerjee, an Indian-American currently a professor at MIT, wins the 2019 Noble prize in economics jointly with two others
  • Industrial output slumps in August as the IIP shrinks by 1.1%
  • Prime Minister Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping watch a cultural show at the Shore Temple in Mamallapuram
  • J&K administration lifts the ban on entry of tourists in the Valley, but it remains doubtful how many will visit without being able to use mobile phones and internet
  • After Sena asks members to support the BJP candidate in Kalyan, 26 party corporators and 300 members resign setting off a crisis
  • The Centre sets up a 12-member committee to suggest systemic changes in the GST structure to improve compliance and collection, prevent misuse and evasion and rationalize rates and slabs
  • In line with the RBI outlook on the Indian economy, rating firm Moody's also downgrades growth forecast from 6.8% to 5.8% this year, saying the economy is experiencing a pronounced slowdown
  • HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh says the financial system in India does not offer foolproof security for misuse of the savings of the common man
  • Shivinder Singh and Malvinder Singh, promoters of Ranbaxy and Fortis, arrested for their role in Religare Finvest scam
  • Supreme Court says marriage can be dissolved if it has broken down irretrievably
  • DA of Central government staff hiked by 5% to 17%
Sourav Ganguly is the new president of BCCI, says conflict of interest is a big concern
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Modi: Only Two Castes Will Remain In India

By Sunil Garodia

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi , although being suitably humble and thanking the people of the country and the BJP workers for the memorable victory, took the opportunity to remind political pundits and social scientists to take note of the ‘new’ India and change their old thinking about secularism and casteism. He said that the BJP had won a historic mandate because this ‘new’ India has rejected all old theories about caste and secularism.

The Prime Minister said that henceforth, all caste calculations will fail in India as there would remain just two castes in the country – the poor and those who work for their upliftment. This is an excellent premise. One feels that Modi had been (unnecessarily, if one might say) thrown off track in his first term by Rahul Gandhi’s “suit-boot ki sarkar” charge. He could not go all out to support industrialists, businessmen and investors as feared that the Congress will brand him anti-poor. He was further hampered by the flight of Vijay Mallya, Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi. In the process, the economy suffered and his pet scheme, Make in India, could not achieve its full potential.

But now he has chosen the right track. The Congress and Rahul Gandhi have been trying to paint all businessmen as crooks. That is an obnoxious thing to do. To paint a whole class with the same brush for the wrongdoings of a few is not done. Investors, industrialists and businessmen create infrastructure and build enterprises that make products or offer services. The government can provide only a limited number of jobs. It is the private sector that generates infinitely more jobs and business opportunities (which generate more jobs) for others, thereby providing a source of livelihood to a large number of people. They are the real builders of the nation. Modi has done the right thing to call them a caste that will alleviate poverty.