… where the shoe hurts ~ II

Clearly, by ignoring these issues, the Northeast cannot be transformed into the “development gateway” of “new India’ ~ never mind what any political party promises and what any Government at the Centre reiterates. In 2014, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi…

… where the shoe hurts ~ I

Last Saturday’s newspapers’ headlines screamed “Modi vows to make NE development gateway of ‘new India’” ~ a vow apparently harbouring too many illusions and hinging on selling too much of a dream. Signs of delusions or desperation? Perhaps both, because…

RBI autonomy

The Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel, who was handpicked by the BJP-government on September 5, 2016, resigned on December 10, 2018 causing a major embarrassment to the ruling dispensation. Those following the events in the last couple of…

Rights of transgender

Passing of the Bill in Lok Sabha to secure the rights of transgender persons appears to be a progressive step towards extending constitutional protection to the highly marginalized community of the country. In fact, this is a step in the…

IT Act

The Centre’s proposed amendment to rules under Section 79 of the Information and Technology Act for empowering government agencies including intelligence and tax enforcement agencies to swoop down on anybody including individuals and subject their online contents to scrutiny is…

Let’s end perpetual adolescence

At the individual and collective levels, most probably we will focus on the “blessings” the year that is about to end today has brought us. It is always good to look at the glass half full ~ but while doing…

Number game

The recent victory of the Congress in the Hindi and central heartland of India in the just concluded elections appear to have brightened the chances of an anti-BJP front for the next general elections, which are a few months away.…

Centralisation of power

Centralisation of power has been the main theme of Raghuram Rajan’s 9th November, 2018 address at the University of California in Berkley. He spoke in critical terms of the practice of centralization, much in vogue in Indian nation state. Raghuram…

Jubilation and Trepidation

As the days get nearer to Christmas Day, the heart feels both jubilation and trepidation simultaneously because Christmas generally connotes endings and beginnings of not only the year(s) but also of so many hopes, dreams, yearning, wishes, wants and needs…

Farmers’ in distress

The country-wide distress of the farmers smitten by false assurances, lack of focus on agrarian sector and poor implementation of the announced policies related to farming is fast creating a churning within the country, which will have far reaching political…