THINKING OF LAST MAN IN THE LINE

Source: The Pioneer Developments across the world, recent and in the past decades and centuries, have shown that growth and prosperity cannot come by pampering a select few and hoping the elite will then write a larger and more inclusive narrative. Mamata Banerjee has won the battle of Singur. She has actually won her war of self-vindication. The Supreme Court verdict has legitimised her political philosophy. It had a simple beginning when Tatas were looking for a suitable piece of land for their Nano project in 2005. The Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left regime, which had earlier driven out…

LEMOA: Merely a Logistics Pact?

Source: The Hindu With the signing of LEMOA marking a deepening India-U.S. relationship, New Delhi needs to reflect whether this is the opportune moment for the country to reset its compass. On August 29 this year, Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and U.S. Defence Secretary Ashton Carter signed a Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement (LEMOA), an agreement that the U.S. has assiduously pursued since 2002 and which India had, till now, resolutely refused to endorse. Both Mr. Carter and Mr. Parrikar have consequently gone to great lengths to explain that LEMOA does not amount to a military pact. Their explanation could appear…

Mother Teresa Declared Saint Teresa of Calcutta

Source; The Hindu In his homily after Mother Teresa’s canonisation, Pope Francis admitted even he would find it hard to call her “St. Teresa” since her tenderness was so maternal. Pope Francis declared Mother Teresa a saint on Sunday, praising the tiny nun for having taken in society’s most unwanted and for having shamed world leaders for the “crimes of poverty they themselves created.” Pope Francis held up Mother Teresa as the model for a Catholic Church that goes to the peripheries to find poor, wounded souls during a canonisation Mass that drew an estimated 120,000 people rich and poor,…

Finding Our Entrepreneurial Feet

Source: The Pioneer After years of serving in the back offices of international companies, young India has now found the confidence to quit its safe jobs and take the risk to start its own ventures, most of which are being powered by the IT revolution For a long time when the Indian economy was modeled on the Soviet model, ‘capitalism’ was a bad word in India. Things, however, changed in the last decade of the 20th century when liberalisation unleashed a latent force of untapped entrepreneurial potential in the country. With the license raj easing and doing business becoming easier, India…

Sindhu, Sakshi, Dipa And So Many Others

Source : The Pioneer   Something is fundamentally flawed with the way we treat sports resulting in meagre medals to celebrate with in events like the Olympics. It’s time for a recast. The victory of PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik at the Olympics led to unprecedented exuberation. For once, the nation, which our TV channels want us to believe as grim and riddled with problems, seemed to be rejoicing the spirit of victory. For once, it seemed we have grown past being a cricket-only nation and enjoyed ourselves at our victory in badminton and wrestling. Thanks to the stupendous efforts…

UNDO INDIA’S SPORTING TRAGEDY

Source : The Pioneer | Kushan Mitra |   Despite the uplifting performances by gymnast Dipa Karmakar, wrestler Sakshi Malik and shuttler PV Sindhu, India's overall performance at the Olympics in Rio has been horrendous. Sports in India is broken, and we need to fix it  This is neither the first nor will it be the last hand-wringing piece written on the cringe-inducing performance at these Olympics by India. However, at the very outset, let it be made clear that this is not an attack on the athletes. The tremendous sacrifices our athletes have made throughout their lives, and not just them,…

Reforms and the Disabled

Article source: Reforms and the Disabled   Any assessment of the economic reforms of the past 25 years could well do with some understanding of their impact on people with disabilities in India. Indeed, in view of the negligible levels of participation of people with various impairments in economically productive activity, the influence of these sweeping policy changes would seem at best minimal. In the event, even the staunchest critic of liberalisation would have to acknowledge that the greatest legislative and policy changes since Independence that affect such a large section of our population have been initiated in the post-privatisation…

MODI’S BALOCH RIGHTS PUSH PARADIGM SHIFT IN STRATEGY

Article source: The Pioneer Pakistan has kept the Kashmir question alive… Its Army is sworn to avenge the humiliation of 1971 and the vivisection of India is on the top of its strategic objectives... It is in this context that we should read Modi's expression of solidarity with the people of Baluchistan and Gilgit-Baltistan... India may be fast coming to the conclusion that it has no further interest in a stable, united Pakistan. Unless it is a commentary on the company he may be keeping of late, it is more than likely that Congress leader Digvijay Singh’s reference to “Indian-occupied…
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