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Honourable minister for agriculture – sir.....

Honourable minister for agriculture – sir, rather than cutting the subsidies from the midday mead scheme, please arrest the existing corruption in the public distribution system! A recent report carried by a leading daily stated the inability of the government to carry on with the subsidies provision of the food grains for the ‘midday meal scheme’. As such, since the very beginning, the scheme has been inflicted by myriad avoidable roadblocks, but what the government is now planning is going to be the final nail on the coffin of the scheme. According to the report, the agricultural Ministry is contemplating supplying food grains at the so called ‘economic rate’ (Rs. 12,000 per metric tonne), which is almost double the subsidised rate (Rs. 5650 per metric tonne), effectively meaning that it would neither be a loss nor a profit making proposition for the government. For a liberalised economy, which, at the behest of the prescription of the World Bank and IMF, is trying to cut subsidies,

To regain the lost glory of our governmental organisations, the policies on compensation and manpower planning have to be completely revamped...

Since the time of economic liberalisation, the Indian policy makers have been suffering a strange dilemma. As we all know, economic liberalisation was never a choice – so, if on one hand, policy makers have been unwillingly advocating the principles of free market, on the other, wherever they could, they willingly stuck to their age old legacy of control. Ergo, if the private sector enjoyed semi-liberal economic policies, public enterprises got completely stifled. In fact, the biggest loser of this policy hypocrisy has been none other than government run institutions and enterprises. They have suffered relentlessly on all fronts, but suffered the most on account of neglect of the most critical resource of any successful enterprise i.e. the human resource. My argument stems from the fact that in today’s world, the success and failure of any enterprise (particularly a business one) is in its people. And the manner in which this all-important resource has been treated in any governmental

A strong political will, a national level combat force and an effective judiciary are all we need to counter terrorism in India!!!

What happened on 9/11 is something that the world would never forget. Memories of the twin towers coming down are impossible to erase but more than that what made this event even more ‘memorable’ is the manner in which the US government has gone around hunting for terrorists in Afghanistan, and followed it up with an engagement in Iraq, thus changing the future course of global geo-politics. Similarly, 7/7 would also remain a memorable day as that brings forth the memory of the gruesome London blasts; and more than that the way the UK police had gone about chasing the perpetrators of the crime, making the incident even more unforgettable, almost giving a new definition to terrorism. What the US did to Afghanistan and then to Iraq would always remain a matter of contention globally, and has left a lot of room for criticism, but then the way the Indian government has been sleeping on terrorism over the past so many years, and allowing innocent citizens to be killed, is probably worse tha

The US should have a special ......

The US should have a special ‘Thanks giving day’ for India, looking at the manner in which premier Indian Institutions have been supplying talented manpower to them, absolutely free of cost!!! I repeat, absolutely free of cost! And from a pool of amazingly brilliant students across India! For long I have been advocating the fact that the Government of India should levy a tax from all those students of the country’s premier institutions who go overseas and join various global corporations. In fact, I’ve also been advocating that not only such students, but also the companies hiring them should pay a tax for recruiting students from premier technology and management schools of the country. And so it was good news when recently a Parliamentary Standing Committee of the HRD Ministry recommended that students from many of the premier institutes of the nation – predominantly those which run on substantial state subsidies – should be levied some sort of tax (a ‘graduate tax’ or an ‘exit tax’

The ‘left’ looks more ‘right’ this time!

In the recent past, there hasn’t been any other issue like the issue of Indo-US nuclear deal, which has taken so much of mind space, editorial space and political (rhetoric!) space. So what is the ‘big deal’ about the deal, which has literally divided the entire nation between the ‘lefts’ and the ‘rights’, with the scales heavily tilted towards the latter? Well, without getting into the nitty gritty of the deal, the first thing that the deal does is to provide India with a seemingly attractive solution to reduce India’s problem of energy deficit and ensure energy security. Apparently, the deal ensures nuclear cooperation and trade between India and others, without compromising its weapons program. Also, that by signing the deal, India is guaranteed fuel supplies for its civilian nuclear reactors and it also retains the right to reprocess and recycle the spent fuel. On the global front, the deal helps India get recognised as a nuclear state; and geo-politically, the deal is crucial beca