The Prime Minister raised the issue of Indian mindsets. That is a problem citizens must resolve. What about the thing government must do– reforming the system?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Mann Ki Baat” on Sunday, 26 April, must be analysed critically to make this more meaningful in the future. Also hidden in the 15-minute power-packed speech was the till-now-missing — but much-needed — thrust on institutional reforms that this government has failed to initiate in the last one year while it has been in power.....Read More
When senior journalist Gauri Lankesh was shot dead in Bengaluru, it didn't take long for the Congress to try and gain political mileage out of the tragedy, with Rahul Gandhi claiming that anyone who opposes BJP-RSS ideology is "pressured, beaten, attacked and even killed." Now, any rational mind would be aghast at the political immaturity reflected in this statement. It is yet again an example of the Congress's time-tested formula of blaming the BJP and RSSRead More
While the Narendra Modi government can be complimented with streamlining things and doing things in a much better way than its predecessor, its approach has been incremental rather than revolutionary. If a government comes to power riding on high hopes and aspirations, it must know that incremental approaches would not take it far. And one must not forget that the government has already lost 20 per cent of its life....Read More
Before becoming the prime minister, Modi faced barbs of his critics in the national media without protest. He would always say, “You do your work, let me do mine.” Just revisit the a few year old stories. The media had termed him a villain of Gujarat 2002. He ignored the media when the journalists simply refused to go by the accounts of investigating agencies, the inquiry commission and court verdicts. Instead, found out means to communicate his ideas to the people directly....Read More
The United Nations gave recognition to the Indian art of healthy living when it declared 21 June as the International Yoga Day. It was a moment of pride as majority of countries, including Islamic countries, who are members of the UN, sponsored the resolution for such a declaration. While there was no problem with a majority of Muslims in India, some who claim to represent them tried to create animosities. Their clear anti-Modi thrust was visible. The Congress was miscued when it sounded a discordant .....Read More
I vividly remember how Dr APJ Kalam caught my imagination as a man who was above board on every issue. I used to be a reporter covering the ruling BJP then. The election to chair of the President of India was a hot topic of debate since it was the NDA that had decided to field him as their candidate. The Congress too had supported his candidature. His winning was a foregone conclusion Then Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pramod Mahajan was his election agent and was the first to meet him after Dr Kalam won on 18 July 2002.......Read More
Modi government’s macro initiatives such as automatic environment clearance, introduction of transparent mechanisms, cash credit transfer etc or foreign companies pledging huge investment in India will impact the nation positively in the long run.
In one of my previous articles, “Mission Impossible Without Reforms,” I had stressed the need for institutional changes for the sake of delivery of the goods Prime Minister Narendra Modi — even as the prime ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) before the Lok Sabha elections of 2014 — has been promising. In wake of the Delhi elections to be held tomorrow, one must consider whether the people .....Read More
You can still hear the shout of “Lal salaam!” on the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus. An alumnus tries to figure out an institution where Communism still thrives.
New Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) has always been an enigma. When the entire country seems to have junked Left ideology for good, the JNU campus still reverberates with the shout of “Lal Salaam” (Red Salute). While one would fear using the word “comrade” in routine outdoor existence due to its regressive undertone, the word rings a familiar note that sounds quite progressive inside the campus. This has been so since JNU was founded in 1969.....Read More
As far as elections go, the municipal corporation polls of Delhi don't usually attract the media glare. This time was different—the municipal polls were viewed as a barometer of the public's support for AAP, which wrested Delhi during the Assembly elections by winning 67 out of the 70 seats. Now that the BJP has swept the municipal polls, the AAP is flailing, and trying to put the entire blame of their defeat on "rigged" EVMs Instead of wasting their breath on ridiculous claims, AAP should spend its time on serious analysis.......Read More