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Virendra Gupta

Modi’s Israel visit: Pragmatic change in foreign policy

Saturday, 22 Jul 2017 | Virendra Gupta | in Oped

The balancing act of always looking at our relations with Israel from the prism of the Palestinian issue, which itself was quite misplaced, began to be seen as a moral guiding principle of our foreign policy. However, foreign policy should evolve from within, based on what people want and not...

Urgent need to reform civil services exams

Saturday, 20 May 2017 | Virendra Gupta | in Oped

The current civil services examinations need to be thoroughly overhauled if it were to serve as an effective instrument for selecting suitable candidates for the country’s premier civil services. Nearly one-year long process, comprising preliminary screening test followed by mains and interview for shortlisted candidates, leaves unsuccessful candidates little time...

BRICS Goa declaration has Modi imprint

Saturday, 22 Oct 2016 | Virendra Gupta | in Oped

Increasing Chinese hostility towards India is a matter of some concern… Whether it is UNSC’s expansion or India’s NSG membership or the question of Pakistan-sponsored terrorist attacks in India or CPEC passing through PoK, China has continued to completely ignore our sensitivities even though it runs a hugely favourable trade...

Price for NSG tag not worth it

Saturday, 24 Sep 2016 | Virendra Gupta | in Oped

China has blocked our entry to the NSG on the grounds that we are not a NPT signatory even though that is not a mandatory requirement and flies in the face of the specific exemption granted to India by the NSG in 2008. We do want peaceful relations with China...

IAS has probably outlived its utility

Saturday, 03 Sep 2016 | Virendra Gupta | in Oped

We should begin with suitable downsizing of the IAS cadre and creation of separate specialised cadre of professionals to deal with specific technical issues such as energy, mining, agriculture, public health, highways, infrastructure Revised pay scales recommended by Seventh Pay Commission have been implemented and arrears disbursed, bringing about a sense...

What is ailing our public sector banks?

Saturday, 09 Jul 2016 | Virendra Gupta | in Oped

If the CEOs of public sector banks show undue favour to a client, in circumvention of the laid down procedures, by way of pay-back to their political patrons, they must be held accountable for the wrongdoing The non-performing assets (NPA) of public sector banks stands at a staggeringly high level of...

Ensure Africans feel welcome in India

Saturday, 11 Jun 2016 | Virendra Gupta | in Oped

What distinguishes our relationship with Africa is our shared empathy arising out of our common past and suffering from colonial subjugation. In fact, India raised its voice against the pernicious system of apartheid even before we had gained our Independence and remained at the forefront of international campaign for its...

UNSC reforms and India’s chance

Saturday, 06 Feb 2016 | Virendra Gupta | in Oped

India has unquestionable credentials to seek a place on the global high table: Second largest population, third largest economy in PPP terms, leading IT power and largest troop contributor to UN Peace Keeping operations. Add to that the moral dimension and image of a peace loving nation which produced the...

What’s there for India in Paris climate accord?

Saturday, 26 Dec 2015 | Virendra Gupta | in Oped

Unfortunately, the whole climate change debate has been jargonised, which I suspect is quite deliberate since it helps obfuscate the real common-sense issues. The accord, for instance, remains completely silent on the per capita emission levels Now that the dust has settled on the Paris climate accord and we have...

Save education from Macaulay’s ghost

Saturday, 31 Oct 2015 | Virendra Gupta | in Oped

Our education policy must be designed to bring out the best in our children and to fully utilise their abundant creative energies. For this, it is imperative that Hindi and other vernacular languages are increasingly brought into the fold of higher learning In a lecture a few years ago, Jeffrey Sachs,...


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