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The Morning Wrap: 'BJP's Gabbar Singh Tax'; How Not To Calculate GDP Growth

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Social media was abuzz on Sunday evening with a statement that Hasmukh Adhia, the revenue secretary, had given made in an interview to the Press Trust of India regarding the Goods and Services Tax. What's it all about? Vivek Kaul explains.

Mersal is not a petty political quarrel, but a symbol of Tamil resistance to top-down nationalism that has little relevance to the state. And it has been an unequivocal trend since the anti-Hindi agitations in the 1930s, 40s and the 60s. G Pramod Kumar weighs in on the latest controversy in Tamil Nadu.

In a sharp analysis of the contemporary political tactics in Gujarat, Radhika Ramasehan explains why Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the BJP as a whole, are desperate to revive the Hindu Hriday Samrat strategy ahead of the polls in the state.

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A day after Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said the Goods and Services Tax requires a major rejig, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi stepped up attacks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and dubbed the GST as "BJP's Gabbar Singh Tax", in a rally in Gujarat.

In a shift of gears, the Modi government on Monday announced the restart of a frozen political dialogue in Jammu & Kashmir, with former Intelligence Bureau chief Dineshwar Sharma as the interlocutor, which will include separatist the Hurriyat conglomeration if its leaders are ready to engagement with the Centre.

The Supreme Court has indicated that it may replace the word "shall" with "may" in the 2016 order, in which playing of the national anthem was made mandatory at cinema halls before the screening of any movie across India.

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The Supreme Court expressed surprise over the re-employment of policemen and doctors convicted by the Bombay High Court of suppressing and tampering with evidence in the Bilkis Bano gang-rape case, and sought answers from the Gujarat government.

Tens of thousands of would-be schoolteachers have been left in the lurch with the Central Teacher Eligibility Test, usually held twice a year, not being conducted at all this year because of a pending guidelines revision.

Nearly 100 Indian H-1B visa holders and their dependents reached out to US lawmakers on Monday to plead for the clearance of the massive backlog of green card petitions. The US issues a million green cards every year.


"Vasundhara Raje Scindia has abridged the fundamental freedoms India boasts off. She's also damaged her party's claim to uphold and honour India's vibrant democracy. And, finally, she's lowered India's standing in the free world." Read Karan Thapar's scathing indictment of the Rajasthan government attempt to give immunity to public servants.

"BJP's misreading of history raises questions on the Indian state's ability to be a custodian for the nation's historical sites, including Mughal monuments," writes historian Audrey Truschke in The Indian Express.

Since the method of GDP calculation treats environmental damage costs as income, L Venkatachalam offers an alternate view to economic growth in India in The Hindu.

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