A statesman is one who admits when he has made a mistake and has the grace to correct it before it does any more harm. The prime minister, unfortunately, has shown no signs of having either of these virtues.
The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority has capped the price of widely-used Cromium Cobalt knee implants at Rs 54,720.
Despite economic troubles, a questionable education system and a booming healthcare sector catering fabulously to its minuscule elite, it is religion that is on the tip of every politician’s tongue.
Though the idea is still at a “very nascent stage”, it is apparently on the agenda of some top-level officials.
In conversation with Karan Thapar on his last day as vice president, Hamid Ansari talked about growing intolerance, aggressive nationalism, the government’s political inaction on Kashmir and more.
The People’s Democratic Party, the BJP’s ally in the state, and the National Conference have spoken out strongly against the Centre’s call for ‘larger debate’ on the future of Article 35A.
The Bill to establish a National Commission for the Backward Classes cannot be sent to the president because different versions were passed in the two houses. But how did this happen?
Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi being the head of the National Disaster Management Authority, not much has changed in terms of how prepared the country is for annual flooding.
The Centre was ordered to pay Chellamma Palani her pension three years ago – after which it appealed and appealed until the Supreme Court upheld the order last week.
The government has quietly tweaked rules relating to special economic zones – and the new rules specifically favour the Adani Group.
Though businesses in the capital were negatively affected by demonetisation, a survey showed, many continue to see the move as positive.
The heft of the prime minister’s persona alone or the goodwill he enjoys cannot drive India’s external engagement.
While the Centre may choose someone who sees eye to eye with it on pending legal issues, it should remember that the attorney general’s role is conceived as independent and non-political – a principle that Setalvad stood by.
Proponents of Aadhaar have used several derogatory names for those raising questions about the project. But what motivated people to challenge the government’s plan in the first place?
Not only has the Centre gone against federal values, it’s new ban on cattle trade for slaughter infringes on a number of fundamental rights.
The overall strategy underlying Modi’s foreign policy is sound. The challenge going forward must take into account the changed global geopolitical terrain.
A report prepared by a group of civil society organisations has painted a bleak picture of governance and social justice in the country.
Instead of dismantling the regulated APMC mandis, the government needs to make them stronger and build supporting infrastructure like warehouses.
An extract from Vivek Kaul’s ‘India’s Big Government: The Intrusive State and How It’s Hurting Us’.
In this turbulent time, the Kashmiri society and the Indian state need to form a mutually interdependent and harmonising communion rather than a confronting polarity.
While the State Bank of India in Arunachal’s capital has blamed the RBI for the shortage, the public and business establishments continue to bear the brunt of the cash crunch.
Disability activists insist the move will lead to further exclusion of those with disabilities.
While the big talk is valuable, it shouldn’t distract from the Modi government’s actual performance so far.
It seems like the government is using this move to make sure children are forcefully enrolled under Aadhaar, as it has no positive effects on the mid-day meal scheme.
Several universities were running such UGC-funded research centres that were set up under the 11th five-year plan and renewed under the 12th plan.
The Department of Personnel and Training, responsible for implementing the RTI, has claimed it is exempt from sharing details on the appointment of information commissioners.
A drastic decline in residents’ employment opportunities and incomes since the note ban has added to the existing woes of hunger, malnutrition, poor sanitation and drainage congestion.
The Budget estimates of gross tax revenues for 2017-18 are the same as the revised estimates for 2016-17 – 11.3% of GDP.
Not only has the Budget failed to include measures to fix the damage caused by demonetisation, it also hasn’t taken advantage of the opportunities created.
Social Security Provisions for Assam’s Tea Garden Workers in Budget a Step Towards Amending Plantations Act
Centre has allocated Rs 771.10 crore for a social security scheme, which is likely a move towards doing away with the ‘in kind’ component of wages paid to the plantation labourers.
Two supplementary MNREGA allocations were made by the government last year. This means, there’s only a 1%, not 25%, actual increase in this year’s Budget.
The Centre needs to make up for the losses it has caused to those who already live in precarious, marginalised conditions.
Bhatkar is president of RSS-affiliated outfit Vijnana Bharati and was formerly chair of IIT Delhi’s board of governors.
The Modi government’s clampdown on foreign funding has forced several NGOs to lay-off its employee, and has impacted education and social welfare initiatives.
For several of these BJP leaders, the companies they are now on the boards of are unrelated to their past experience.
In the 2017 Budget, the government has the opportunity to correct its misguided approach to spending and focus more on the social progress side of development.
Demonetisation has crushed all the government’s previous pet projects, from the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to Make in India, while still using patriotic emotions to advertise their importance.
Demonetisation was meant to widen India’s tax base and increase our abysmally low tax-GDP ratio. The government could further this aim in more concrete ways through the Budget.
The Modi government’s claim that the public supports demonetisation ignores the localised agitations and dissenting voices from across the country.
As assembly elections approach and the prime minister spends his energies on proving demonetisation was a good idea, a Modi-led propaganda blitz is coming our way.