Taking the people for a ride

Monday, 06 May 2013 | Priyadarshi Dutta | in Oped

Nalanda University is beguiling the public by claiming that it has international collaboration. Though the university has been in the making since 2007, no foreign Government has legitimately involved itself with the project. It is funded entirely by the Centre On May 2 in the Rajya Sabha, the Union Minister of...

Make optimum use of youth power

Monday, 06 May 2013 | Madhuri Shukla | in Oped

The skills-development initiative launched by the Gujarat Government should be emulated by the Centre to tap into the potential of young India It is a known fact that India's population is huge at 1.21 billion and expanding at a fast rate of 17 per cent. India is among the ‘young'...

Swadeshi economics, not FDI

Monday, 06 May 2013 | Sharika Muthu | in Oped

Mahatma Gandhi’s model of growth and prosperity is about the satisfaction of everyone's needs and not the unnecessary abundance created by mass production that has become the cornerstone of development The recent debate over foreign direct investment has once again put the spotlight on the state of India’s economy. While...

Coming soon ‚ÄĒ a third pole in Delhi politics

Saturday, 04 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Oped

The avowedly “clean” Aam Aadmi Party is ready with its first list of poll promises for Delhiites. It assures the people a break from drudgery under professional politicians while committed workers routinely impress citizens by taking local authorities to task for their failures Since the day the civil society group called...

Changing times

Saturday, 04 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Oped

If you wrestle with a pig you only end up dirty — while the pig thanks you for giving it exercise. That may be the eventual experience of the Aam Aadmi Party’s electoral forays The political establishment has only sneers for Arvind Kejriwal and his band of pro-changers. There is no...

Institution wreckers of a nihilistic orientation

Saturday, 04 May 2013 | Pioneer | in Oped

The Aam Aadmi wallahs don’t constitute a threat to the entrenched polity. They are loners, hardly social aggregators who derive their energy from rejection, disruption and disturbance — they promise to break a mould, but not build anything new As a fervent advocate of community action, I have witnessed with...

Air waves is the new weapon

Friday, 03 May 2013 | Arindam Chaudhuri | in Oped

Our neighbours are not only invading our sovereignty but they have been also virtually waging a psychological war from across the border through their television and radio channels. India seems to be a sitting duck Strange as it may seem, despite India’s image of an amiable and polite nation, the country...

Exception to the rule, again

Friday, 03 May 2013 | Anuradha Dutt | in Oped

Obsession of Muslim leaders with an exclusive identity hasn’t helped the minority community progress Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav recently guarded his Muslim vote-bank by cancelling the talk on organising the Kumbh Mela, scheduled at Harvard University. He made matters worse by boycotting the reception organised by the Indian Consulate....

Karnataka is the first hurdle for two leaders

Friday, 03 May 2013 | Kalyani Shankar | in Oped

The reluctance of Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi to show off in the State is understandable. The road to reach their goal of Lok Sabha is long Congress’s star campaigner RaGa (Rajiv Gandhi) and BJP’s new poster boy NaMo (Narendra Modi) have shifted their focus to Karnataka quietly to test their...

Three million graduates, with little contribution

Friday, 03 May 2013 | Vinayshil Gautam | in Oped

Because the country's education policies are not in sync with its developmental processes, there is a huge gap in the skills available and the skills needed. While every individual has the right to pursue self-goals, the cumulative and collective process of skill-formation cannot be abandoned There is something about the state...


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