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Primary Education: FOCUS ON PYRAMID UPWARDS…

Primary Education FOCUS ON PYRAMID UPWARDS By Dhurjati Mukherjee The Human Resource Development Ministry’s measures to increase spending on higher education to six per cent of the GDP from 3.8 per cent at present, may be well-meaning but would...
Central Planning: REGIONAL VISION CRITICAL…

Central Planning: REGIONAL VISION CRITICAL…

Central Planning REGIONAL VISION CRITICAL By Shivaji Sarkar The corridors of power and well-wishers of the economy are wondering what should happen to the Planning Commission. There is no unanimity over making it a titular body and giving the ministries...
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Groundwater Depletion: SEVERE WATER CRISIS IMMINENT…

Groundwater Depletion SEVERE WATER CRISIS IMMINENT By Dhurjati Mukherjee Alarm bells should be ringing in the Ministry of Water Resources. Not only is the monsoon playing truant, the Central Groundwater Board (CGWB) has recently warned that 56 per cent...
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Modi Gets It Right: COME MAKE IN INDIA….

Was India’s 68th Independence Day celebration different from its earlier avatars? Absolutely. Unlike earlier occasions, festivity was encompassing, tri-coloured balloons, loud-speakers pelting patriotic music replete with syrupy speeches resounding...
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CSAT Controversy: TEST DEFIES NATURAL JUSTICE?…

CSAT Controversy TEST DEFIES NATURAL JUSTICE? By Syed Ali Mujtaba Will it be a case of ‘too little, too late’ or will the Government yield totally? Indeed, the raging controversy to scrap the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) preliminary examination...
Human Development Index: INDIA’S DISMAL PERFORMANCE…

Human Development Index: INDIA’S DISMAL PERFORMANCE…

Human Development Index INDIA’S DISMAL PERFORMANCE By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) The Human Development Report 2014 issued by the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) makes a shocking revelation that India continues to...
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Bangla Connection: ILLICIT TRADE, BAZAARS THRIVE…

Bangla Connection ILLICIT TRADE, BAZAARS THRIVE By Shivaji Sarkar It’s a murky economy that thrives in West Bengal, bordering the large stretch of Bangladesh border. The daily turnover of illicit trade – arms, fake currency, drugs and goods of daily...
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Poverty Estimation: SHIFT FOCUS TO RURAL INDIA…

Poverty Estimation SHIFT FOCUS TO RURAL INDIA By Dhurjati Mukherjee Successive governments have set up various committees for poverty estimation but precious little has been done to increase livelihood opportunities in rural areas, specially in the backward...
Uttarakhand Floods: THE GODS ARE ANGRY …

Uttarakhand Floods: THE GODS ARE ANGRY …

Uttarakhand Floods THE GODS ARE ANGRY By Proloy Bagchi The pilgrimage to Badrinath and Kedarnath as also to what is known as “Chaar Dhaam yatra” has come to a halt on account of heavy incessant rains, both in the Shivaliks and the Himalayas. Consequently,...
Novel FCI, FDI In Insurance: ENROUTE TOWARDS NEW ORDER…

Novel FCI, FDI In Insurance: ENROUTE TOWARDS NEW ORDER…

Novel FCI, FDI In Insurance ENROUTE TOWARDS NEW ORDER By Shivaji Sarkar   The Narendra Modi Government is indeed taking over the reins. It is taking decisions on reforms and is trying to check prices. It has taken a sanguine decision of selling 10 million...
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Govt Decision-Making: NO HIDING BEHIND COMMITTEES…

Govt Decision-Making NO HIDING BEHIND COMMITTEES By Dr S Saraswathi (Former Director, ICSSR, New Delhi) Notwithstanding the criticism or appreciation, the abolition of the Group of Ministers (GoM) and the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) is one of...
Uniform Civil Code: NO RAM-RAHIM POLL CUT OUTS…

Uniform Civil Code: NO RAM-RAHIM POLL CUT OUTS…

Uniform Civil Code NO RAM-RAHIM POLL CUT OUTS By Poonam I Kaushish Secularism has always been the Hindutva Brigade’s bug bear and political untouchability the Congress catch word. But Modi’s ascendency to India’s Raj gaddi has turned the tables...
Govt Must Simplify Rules: MORE TAX TERROR AHEAD?…

Govt Must Simplify Rules: MORE TAX TERROR AHEAD?…

Govt Must Simplify Rules MORE TAX TERROR AHEAD? By Shivaji Sarkar It is reassuring to know that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley intends ending tax terrorism and does not believe in retrospective tax. Appending a lollipop: If the economy improves he could...
Whither Sportsmen Spirit?: AGGRESSION NAME OF THE GAME…

Whither Sportsmen Spirit?: AGGRESSION NAME OF THE GAME…

Whither Sportsmen Spirit? AGGRESSION NAME OF THE GAME  By Proloy Bagchi Whither sports and sportsmen spirit? The FIFA World Cup is over but it underscored a mean and vicious side of sports today: undue aggressiveness to win it all. This violent ugly...
2014-15 Defence Allocations: DEFICIENT IN THREAT PERCEPTION…

2014-15 Defence Allocations: DEFICIENT IN THREAT PERCEPTION…

2014-15Defence Allocations DEFICIENT IN THREAT PERCEPTION By Col (Dr) PK Vasudeva (Retd) Prime Minister Modi has given an impetus to defence whereby budgetary allocations would increase by 12.5 per cent in 2014-15, compared to the previous year as highlighted...
Jaitley’s  Budget: TOWARDS HAPPIER TIMES?…

Jaitley’s Budget: TOWARDS HAPPIER TIMES?…

Jaitley’s  Budget TOWARDS HAPPIER TIMES? By Shivaji Sarkar The Prime Minister Modi Government unveiled it much-awaited nascent Union Budget last week. All were agog whether it would inject the much-needed boost to a stagnant economy. Find a solution...
Drought Again, Sans Food, Water: DEFIENCIES OF PLANNING + VISION = NO ACTION…

Drought Again, Sans Food, Water: DEFIENCIES OF PLANNING + VISION = NO ACTION…

Drought Again, Sans Food, Water DEFIENCIES OF PLANNING + VISION = NO ACTION By Poonam I Kaushish Ok, fellow countrymen, it is once again the season to curse all you want. The heat wave is blistering and Lord Indra is playing hooky once again, resulting...
Planning Commission: WOUND UP OR TRANSFORMED?…

Planning Commission: WOUND UP OR TRANSFORMED?…

Planning Commission WOUND UP OR TRANSFORMED? By Dhurjati Mukherjee Does India need a Planning Commission? Does it serve any utility? None, if most experts are to be believed. According to them this large body has little value in today’s state of affairs....
Assertion of Gods: BATTLE ROYALE IN SWING!…

Assertion of Gods: BATTLE ROYALE IN SWING!…

Assertion of Gods BATTLE ROYALE IN SWING! By Chanchal Chauhan The controversial statement of a Shankaracharya dethroning the Sai Baba from the status of a God, asserting the supremacy of his religious thoughts and barring his followers from worshipping...
Modi’s 10-Point Agenda: CALL FOR ALL WORK AND NO PLAY …

Modi’s 10-Point Agenda: CALL FOR ALL WORK AND NO PLAY …

Modi’s 10-Point Agenda CALL FOR ALL WORK AND NO PLAY By Dr. S.Saraswathi A man of action Prime Minister Modi has given ten-point Framework for Good Governance to his Council of Ministers in his second Cabinet meeting soon after assuming office. Called...
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