Shashank Shukla

Articles by Shashank Shukla

The Indian Congress Conundrum: Secularism, Socialism, and the Search for a New Path

On April 4, 2024, senior leaders of the Indian National Congress (hereinafter referred to as the "Congress") either faced expulsion from the party or voluntarily departed. Former National Spokesperson of the Congress, Mr. Gaurav Vallabh, recently joined the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party (hereinafter referred to as the "BJP"). On April 3, 2024, the Congress expelled Senior Leader of Maharashtra Congress, Mr. Sanjay Nirupam, citing indiscipline and deviation from the party line. Another senior spokesperson and Gujarat Congress leader, Mr. Rohan Gupta, also left the Congress.The list of departures is extensive, but Sanjay Nirupam and Rohan Gupta have not disclosed their intentions. Upon joining the BJP, Gaurav Vallabh wrote a letter to the Congress citing relevant issues and expressing

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Caught in the Crossfire: The Dilemmas of India’s Right-Wing Movement

Since the inception of the NDA Government in 2014, India’s right-wing has consistently performed well across all sectors of society. Both print and electronic media have been significantly influenced by this ideology. The bureaucracy and academia have, to some extent, either shifted their political leanings or have begun to accept ideologies they previously rejected. This trend is not confined to India alone; it has also been observed in Europe and the Americas. Figures like Javier Milei in Argentina, Meloni in Italy, Wilders in the Netherlands, Trump and Vivek in the US, among others, exemplify this global phenomenon.As a right-wing conservative commentator, it’s imperative to highlight certain double standards prevalent within India’s acclaimed right-wing movement, stemming from a

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Wealth, Wisdom, and Prosperity: The Ancient Capitalist Tradition of India

In 1991, when the Indian economy was on the brink, Narasimha Rao called upon the eminent economist Dr. Manmohan Singh. What followed is well-documented: the transformation of a $300 billion economy into a $3.5 trillion economy in just three decades. This marked India’s departure from the Nehruvian model of socialist economics and its embrace of the open market system. However, it remains debatable whether India has fully embraced capitalism or still retains socialist elements. Today, we explore whether free markets in India come from inherited free-market roots or are adopted them from the West.The Tamil poet and author Thiruvalluvar, in his work Thirukkural, emphasized the ethical creation of wealth. He stated, “Wealth, the lamp unfailing, speeds to every land; Dispersing darkness at its

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