Jayalalithaa’s schemes – such as her canteens and baby care kits – may appear to be populist at first glance, but are actually quite entrenched in a welfare tradition.
As we hurtle towards being an Aadhaar nation, it is imperative that a legal framework, to protect our cherished rights to security and life, is created.
Beyond the contribution of individual CMs like Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu developed a commitment to universal and well-functioning public services thanks to the power of democratic action, public reasoning and social action.
While January – March 2017 will be a voluntary trial phase, Aadhaar verification will be mandatory for senior citizen discounts from next April.
But she was also a pioneer of freebies and those came at a cost.
Two personnel were today killed and 15 others injured when INS Betwa, a guided missile frigate, tipped over while undocking at the naval dockyard in Mumbai. “There has been an incident in the cruiser grounding dock at naval dockyard in Mumbai involving INS Betwa. The incident occurred during […]
The increasing liberties taken by the army are symptomatic of the decline in civil and military relations that has occurred because of an erosion of constitutional norms.
The original assumptions underlying the decision remain unclear, but it seems to be causing considerable harm. Although popular right now, demonetisation may not end up being a good bargain.
Most applications in the name of ‘Smart Cities’ and ‘Digital India’ are being made by students with no background in security.
Did the government count its chickens before they hatched? Demonetisation as a means of extinguishing black money may be a pipe dream now.
The next stage of the ArthaKranti proposal is the introduction of a bank transaction tax – a taxation system that is not based on sound economic reasoning.
In a separate incident, the BSF also foiled attempts by another group of militants to cross the international border at Samba, Kashmir.
The worst hit sectors by demonetisation are the automobile, consumer and the realty sector. The banking sector, on the other hand, has had a differential impact.
Undertaking this demonetisation exercise is not merely an ‘inconvenience’ to those on the edge. It is a matter of life and death.
One ‘finding’ suggests cancer and MDR-TB patients consuming a cow-urine distillate along with their medication can reduce the dosage of their medication and still reap positive results. This is dangerous.
By depriving India’s fighters of honour, respect and pride of place in the national hierarchy, the government has shattered their élan and esprit de corps.
The court also said it will not pass a final order without going into the research on the impact of firecrackers on air quality.
Senior counsel for the petitioners Prashant Bhushan says that they will file a fresh affidavit with more documents.
While the Congress wants parliament debate to be conducted under ‘Rule 56’, the BJP prefers it happens under ‘Rule 193’, the latter of which is invoked only for “small discussions”.
Pakistani firing has also killed at least 12 civilians, including women and children, and injured 50 others along the Line of Control.
Sixty-seven years ago, on November 25, 1949, B.R. Ambedkar addressed India’s Constituent Assembly for the last time. Here is the full text of his speech.
The order as it stands now will last until mid January 2017 and the penalties for violating the order comes with a prison term of up to one month and/or a fine of up to Rs. 200.
By centralising the control of funds, using technology excessively and fixing asset creation targets, the Centre has effectively taken ownership of the scheme away from gram panchayats and workers in Jharkhand.
Summers, a proponent of doing away with larger-value currency notes, says it is highly problematic for the government to expropriate from even a few innocent victims who do not manage to convert their money.
A SBI research report pointed towards rumours of demonetisation and the logistical nightmares that would follow. A RBI circular tried to prevent the chaos being seen at ATMs today. Were they not taken into account?
Will the supply of India’s vegetables and fruit falter before the new currency notes are widely circulated? And what will happen to farmer incomes in the short and medium-term?
After waiting for new currency notes for a few days, many small businesses have already started accepting old currency notes of 500 and 1000. This trend may increase in the coming days
Demonetisation aims to eradicate black money, but the move deflects attention from the core issue to a dramatic action that may fail to tackle the problem.
The government needs to be more open, creative and clear in its communications with the wider world, instead of the conservative, secretive and dull methods that are currently the norm.
Looking beyond Asia, India and Japan have also raised the stakes by including Africa in their development strategy, implicitly setting up a rival to China’s One Belt, One Road.
Vimala Baghel’s interview to NDTV and police restrictions on media access raise questions about charges in controversial case
For the poor or those living in the hinterland, the announcement that Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes will no longer be legal tender has meant fear, panic and immense hassles.
Was the November 11th target for re-opening of ATMs unreasonable? Long-term neglect and quality-of-service issues aren’t helping either.
While farmers and informal sector workers suffer, the move to demonetise Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes will have little impact on black market offenders.
The Confederation of All India Traders said small and medium businesses were severely impacted, and appealed that they be authorised to accept at least one higher denomination note from consumers with KYC details.
How will Modi’s so-called surgical strike on black money play out for people with varying occupations and with various reasons for dealing with large cash transaction?
The Centre is effectively saying it wants a cashless economy for the millions who survive in an honest cash economy. The dishonest cash economy controlled by big business is allowed to continue and thrive.
From geospatial bills to the digital Indic language movement, India is struggling to practice the multistakeholderism it preaches and supports at global Internet governance forums, including this week’s ICANN 57 meeting in Hyderabad.
To achieve concrete policy objectives, however, Indian bureaucrats and civil society representatives will need to engage more closely with and work their way into various Internet governance body mechanisms.
Legitimacy, political respectability and electoral advantage are being sought to be derived from the soldier and his martyrdom, while unthinkingly, new space, new respect and new autonomy are being ceded to the army brass and other security forces.