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Reconfigurations in Congress’s organisation likely

Sunday, 31 Jan 2016 | Hari shankar vyas | in Backbone

Sonia Gandhi thinks that when Rahul Gandhi officially takes charge as the Congress president, only then will he be taken seriously against Narendra Modi. Presently, there is more focus on Nitish Kumar and Arvind Kejriwal in comparison to Rahul. But, it is also being said that Rahul is still...

Govt gears up for Budget Session, while Cong gets ready to disrupt it

Sunday, 17 Jan 2016 | Hari shankar vyas | in Backbone

Government managers have tried to convey to the Opposition kshatrapas that the Congress is not allowing Parliament to function peacefully only to establish Rahul Gandhi, and hence regional parties should not support this politics of the Congress The Central Government is gearing up for the Budget Session, and this time the...

With Left and JDU backing, Cong stands tall in Parliament

Sunday, 09 Aug 2015 | Hari shankar vyas | in Backbone

The managers of the Congress have been successful in their strategy of uniting the Opposition to stand with the party in Parliament. The party’s Parliamentary strategy was basically similar to its strategy in the States. Sources say that party leaders followed the politics of Bihar and West Bengal in Parliament,...

Tyranny of the corrupt

Sunday, 14 Sep 2014 | Pramod Pathak | in Backbone

The retired CBI Director has made incisive analytical observations that may go a long way in cleansing the system, says Pramod Pathak Corruption is a way of life in India and it does not raise eyebrows when a news breaks about a corrupt act of somebody in a position of power....

Dalits who defied all odds

Sunday, 03 Aug 2014 | CHANDRA BHAN PRASAD | in Backbone

Published by Random House, the book profiles success stories of 21 entrepreneurs Finally, the much awaited book Defying the Odds: the Rise of Dalit Entrepreneurs is out and available globally. Published by one of the largest publishing companies in the world, Random House, the book profiles success stories of 21 Dalit...

DICCI’s moment of triumph

Sunday, 20 Jul 2014 | CHANDRA BHAN PRASAD | in Backbone

Government has retained Rs200-crore Dalit Venture Capital Fund in Budget Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay’s inspired modern education system came into being in 1854. Within three years, a unique problem arose. The Government had to issue an order stating that none can be refused admission on grounds of caste and gender. Once...

Raise a stink over the stink

Sunday, 13 Jul 2014 | CHANDRA BHAN PRASAD | in Backbone

Dalits prefer to live in slums because the relatively cleaner countryside is a social hell. Given opportunities, all Dalits would want to settle down in cities As I argue, a generation of Dalits will have to pass through slums. Filled with filth and stink, it is so difficult to spend a...

Moving towards clean India

Sunday, 06 Jul 2014 | CHANDRA BHAN PRASAD | in Backbone

It’s time to embark on a mission to resolve hygiene and sanitation issues The World Health Organization (WHO) says, “Unhygienic conditions and practices at the household level create a dangerous environment with immediate health risk to children. Also, lack of sanitation facilities in schools helps transmit diseases. Waste dumps sites on...

Water equality need of the hour

Sunday, 29 Jun 2014 | CHANDRA BHAN PRASAD | in Backbone

If India can have the technology to undertake Mission Mars, why can’t it produce world-class drinking water for all its citizens? The bottled water business is worth Rs 1,000 crore annually and is growing at a rapid rate of over 40 per cent. In hotels, restaurants and conferences, people prefer drinking...

Safe drinking water a right

Sunday, 22 Jun 2014 | CHANDRA BHAN PRASAD | in Backbone

The poor — especially Dalits and Adivasis in countryside and underclass in urban slums — can’t get safe drinking water even if they have money It is clear that without according safe drinking water to all, India can never fight malnutrition. The poor — especially Dalits and Adivasis in the countryside...

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