Navneet Anand

Statistics are and can be misleading

Wednesday, 19 Jul 2017 | Navneet Anand | in Oped

Survey findings by foreign organisations are often quoted with respect in this country. But they can have serious inherent flaws Many of us in urban India woke up a few days ago to screaming headlines in many English dailies, almost lambasting Indians for being indolent and “among the laziest” in...

The vanishing rural? Let's talk

Wednesday, 12 Jul 2017 | Navneet Anand | in Oped

A peep into progressive narratives from rural India can offer some hope and yearning to those living a chaotic life in urban India If one were to momentarily peep out of the chaos and skirmishes of urban India, and look into rural Bharat, one would find innumerable stories of enterprise, innovation,...

Lynchings and the Indian state

Wednesday, 05 Jul 2017 | Navneet Anand | in Oped

While growing mob culture is scary, what is petrifying is the biased intellectual mobocracy by a few who have spewed venom and derided the idea of India Heard of parataxic distortion? Coined by well-known Neo-Freudian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Harry S Sullivan, it refers to our tendency to distort perceptions we have...

Going easy on the biggest tax reform

Wednesday, 28 Jun 2017 | Navneet Anand | in Oped

Taking a leaf out of demonetisation, it can be assumed that any reform brings with it fears and excitement. People must trust the Government on GST In an eerie resemblance to the orchestrated and frenetic noise around demonetisation, even before its contours had been defined, it appears that a similar effort...

A holistic approach to farmers’ woes

Wednesday, 21 Jun 2017 | Navneet Anand | in Oped

The explosive issue goes beyond loan waivers that provide temporary relief. Perhaps it’s time for regimes to look the problems with care Twitter is often turning into a microcosm of an illogical, juvenile and obtuse India. While it is evident almost every day — watch what's trending and you are acutely...

Yoga enhancing achche din

Wednesday, 14 Jun 2017 | Navneet Anand | in Oped

For this country, yoga is not only a tool for wholesome well-being of body and mind, but it has become our identity abroad Those who do not want to believe in it have permanently rued the idea of achche din and lamented on how the idea has eluded us. Often hooking...

The intelligent one, versus a thinker

Wednesday, 07 Jun 2017 | Navneet Anand | in Oped

The art of scoring unbelievably high marks in board examinations is indeed a fine one, but achieving success in life is more than that Twitter timeline was full of jokes ahead of the CBSE class 12 results on May 28. In a rather apt satire on what ails our society and...

Keeping the air and lungs clean

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 | Navneet Anand | in Oped

Though we have witnessed small successes in controlling tobacco usage, Government intervention is required on a larger scale Perhaps not many may be aware that over a year ago, Nagaland's capital Kohima had declared itself to be a smoke-free city, becoming the fourth Indian city to do so after Chandigarh, Kottayam...

Mobilising coalition to tackle poverty

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 | Navneet Anand | in Oped

While the UN has spelt out the goal to end poverty, it is time for India to speed up efforts and launch a coalition of stakeholders to tackle the problem Where are we on poverty? Poverty has always been a painful idea to discuss. For decades, societies and Governments across the...

The new leader of a New India

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 | Navneet Anand | in Oped

The three year governance of BJP-led NDA deserves cheer, with Prime Minister Modi ushering in a new epoch for growth Call it the permanence of fallacy of human kind, skepticism has been at the core of our existence. And as Bertrand Russell had rightly said, “Dogmatism and scepticism are both, in a...


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