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[10 Nov 2012 | 5 Comments | 423 views]
Rs 386 crores, 5 people and some “special” security

Back in 1985, on the recommendations of an obscure committee, the government set up a “special” group – whose sole task was to protect the Prime Minister. This was done in the aftermath of Smt. Indira Gandhi’s assassination which had revealed security lapses that authorities felt could only be fixed by a “special” security group. This was the beginning of SPG – the “Special Protection Group”.
Like all good “ideas” from the government, the SPG too started expanding. Initially limited to protecting the Prime Minister, its mandate was extended to former …

Current Affairs, Politics and Governance in India »

[24 Aug 2012 | 3 Comments | 503 views]
It has been decided to immediately block access to the following..

Courtesy Economic Times (Hat Tip: Bhartendu), full copy of the government order seeking a ban on specific websites, twitter accounts, facebook URLs and YouTube videos:

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Also read: Its about Freedom, not just Freedom of Speech by Atanu Dey

Current Affairs, Politics and Governance in India »

[4 Jul 2012 | 13 Comments | 453 views]
Akhilesh’s slap in the face of hard-working, tax paying Indians

From UP MLAs can spend Rs. 20 lakh from welfare fund on cars (emphasis added):
Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday opened a goody bag for MLAs, entitling them to purchase four-wheelers worth up to Rs. 20 lakh from their local area development fund.  If all 402 MLAs take up on the offer of the youngest CM of India’s most populous and politically crucial state, the largesse will potentially cost the exchequer R80 crore.
Announcing the entitlement(sic)..Yadav, 38, said, “This will help MLAs who do not have money buy vehicles.”

So, is Akhikesh Yadav saying if I …

Current Affairs, Debates & Discussions, Politics and Governance in India »

[29 Jun 2012 | 7 Comments | 358 views]
Setting the record straight: Panth, Dharma & Secularism..

..as well as “Dharma-Nirapekshata” धर्मं निरपेक्षता vs. “Panth-Nirapekshata” पंथ निरपेक्षता (or “Panth Nirpekshata”)..From Defining ‘Secular’: The war rages on by Arvind Lavakare, comes this illuminating excerpt (emphasis added):
“Dr Ambedkar made it clear in Parliament that he did not believe our Constitution was secular because it allowed different treatment to various communities and the legislatures could frame separate laws for different communities.” (‘Reforming The Constitution’, UBS Publishers Distributors Ltd, 1992, edited by Subhash C Kashyap, an eminent Constitutional authority).
In the above book, Kashyap writes, ‘Where there is discrimination between man and man …

Current Affairs, Politics and Governance in India, Politics of Minority Appeasement, Reservations, Affirmative Action »

[23 Jun 2012 | 2 Comments | 429 views]
One day, we may need an “Indian” quota

Courtesy my friend RealityCheck (emphasis added); please try and ignore the absurdity of the headline in (as RealityCheck so memorably puts it) “a chest thumping secular country“. From 2 more minority lists put up, cut-offs dip further by Bhavya Dore, Hindustan Times, Mumbai, June 22, 2012, this brief excerpt:
At NM College in Vile Parle, the commerce cut-off for Gujarati minority students fell from 90.91% last year to 89.64% this year.
..At Hinduja College, students who fall in the Sindhi quota will be given walk-in admissions until Friday morning.  Earlier this week, cut-offs at …

Current Affairs, Personal »

[27 May 2012 | 5 Comments | 998 views]
On Inflation महंगाई व उसके मूल कारणों पर कुछ विचार..

A short snippet in Hindi on Inflation and its root causes (poor storage facilities, stupid regulations, bad policies etc)
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Current Affairs, Debates & Discussions, Politics and Governance in India, Politics of Minority Appeasement »

[19 Apr 2012 | 15 Comments | 958 views]
Article 30 and Religious Apartheid in Modern India

Dear All: I stumbled on this article a few weeks back and felt that it deserved wider circulation – especially in the context of the recent discussions and decision by SC on RTE.  I was vaguely aware of the discriminatory nature of Article 30 (which by the way, was the reason behind the Ramkrishna Mission to declare itself a non-Hindu “sect”) but its extent and repercussions shocked me. Below, excerpts from a richly referenced and data-rich critique of this article by Dr Moorthy Muthuswamy…Read on.
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Current Affairs, Development Related, Politics and Governance in India »

[5 Feb 2012 | 15 Comments | 674 views]
Might this be the real cause of Muslim “backwardness”?

The question was prompted by these excerpts fom Salil Tripathi‘s “An excuse called Rushdie” (emphasis added):
Only one out of every six Muslim children entering an Indian school stays till his matriculation. I use “his” deliberately; the figures are worse for girls—only two out of five Muslim girls enter schools, and fewer than one-tenth complete secondary education.
These stark dropout rates explain the malaise affecting Indian Muslims, and unless that’s addressed, all other solutions are ineffective.
Such low enrolment figures and high dropout rates mean that only one of 25 undergraduate students, …

Current Affairs, Debates & Discussions, Politics and Governance in India »

[2 Feb 2012 | 39 Comments | 962 views]
In which Sanjeev takes on Narayana Murthy..

A thought-provoking extract from a post on FTI colleague Sanjeev’s blog:
I don’t know how this man Narayana Murthy gets the audacity to lecture to others about doing something.
For nine years now I have been trying to get him (or Nandan Nilikani) interested in CITIZENSHIP – namely, in the process of active participation in the affairs of their nation. Numerous email communications I’ve had with both of them ..I even met both of them. They pretend to be “supportive” of the ideas I advocate but then do nothing.
One of them even …

Current Affairs, Debates & Discussions, Politics and Governance in India »

[20 Jan 2012 | 9 Comments | 308 views]
Live Chat: Youth, Politics & What can You and I do to bring about Systemic Change?

Dear All: Following up from the successful (& hugely interactive!) live chat on “Illegal Infiltration and Impact on Demographics” that we had on 6th Jan, below are details of the “Republic Day Special”  live text chat on the “Role of Youth in Today’s Politics…and “ What can You and I do to bring about Systemic Change?”. Some of you will recall that we had a discussion on this topic almost 2 yrs back…A lot has changed since then..and I felt it would be useful and informative  to have another discussion …