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Editorial in MDM

As parliamentary elections approach its final phase, the concerns and bad experiences surrounding the election machinery have also increased.  We had written a week ago that the impartiality and fairness of the Election Commission have come under a cloud to an unprecedented extent.   And the latest events in West Bengal now prove that those reservations were not unfounded. Campaign in nine constituencies scheduled for polling in that state were cut short by the Commission.  

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Every Keralite heard with shock and sorrow the suicide story of a mother and daughter on Monday, in Marayamuttam, near Neyyattinkara,  Thiruvananthapuram.   Initial reports were that the cause of suicide was the fear attachment of their home and compound by the lending bank, on their failure to repay a loan.  

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The communal violence spreading in Sri Lanka are further dimming the prospects of peace by healing the wounds left by the tragic suicide terrorist attacks on Easter day.  The country is witnessing the spread of communal riots on the scale of the anti-Muslim communalism duirng March 2018sprearheaded by Buddhist extremists.  

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Kerala's Beverages Corporation (Bevco)  is an entity managed through the direct control of the government,  and forming a main source of income for the state treasury.  It is estimated that Bevco  has 270 outlets and 180 premium counters that make people, regardless of male or female,  drink liquor.  Bevco is also the supplier of liquor to 40 sales outlets of Consumer Federation, and private bars.  

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It would not be an exaggeration to say that when the 'thesis' of a 'researcher' Kannan Jagathala Krishnan, at the Indian Science Congress held at Jallandhar in January,  made Indians a laughing stock.  So many were the bloomers in it.   What he argued was that Newton erred in the theory of gravitation as also did Einstein in theory of relativity, and  we have to go back to Indian puranas for the right knowledge.  He also suggested that the recent discoveries about the gravitational waves,  which Einstein had predicted as pa

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The US military thrust towards the Gulf,  on the pretext of threats from Iran,  has sent winds of concern globally.   With the US's fully equipped fighter vessel and bomber aircraft taking positions in   in the Red Sea,  and in the US military base in Qatar,  coupled with strong words of threats from Washington,  observers point out that a war-like atmosphere has been created in the region,  comparable to that of Iraq war.

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With half of the polling phases to the 17th Lok Sabha over, polling percentage is expected to break all records this time.   Even with four of the seven phases over,  the polling rate (67 percent) has come close to the total of 2014 (67.6 per cent).  

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The stark discrimination suffered by the Malabar region in the matter of higher secondary education, has been dealt with in this column several times. 

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It would not a dream of even a fool that the  campaign for the 17th Lok Sabha election will become debates seeking answers to India's contemporary social issues.   Any one with the slightest  political literacy will know that more than the note-ban and agrarian crisis,  it will be communalism and hatred of the other religion that will take centre-stage during the campaign period.   But when the run-up reached the last phase of the campaign,  the despicable and impolite  language used by those in power has got so vilified as to belie t

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Reliable reports suggest that the main item of discussions held by Telengana chief minister Chandrashekhar Rao with Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan,  was a  federal coalition of regional parties,  a theme he has been talking loud about since last year. 

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