Munish Kumar Raizada

Nelson Mandela still relevant in this world

Friday, 17 Jul 2015 | Munish Kumar Raizada | in Oped

Be it in South Africa or the US, the scourge of racism continues to divide and plague contemporary society A rebel, a prisoner for 27 years, a Nobel Peace prize winner, a Bharat Ratna and a world renowned stateman — these momentous titles aren’t enough to describe the legend of Nelson...

Drop pen and paper. Go online

Monday, 13 Jul 2015 | Munish Kumar Raizada | in Oped

The Vyapam scam highlights the many problems of paper examinations. In contrast, tests administered online are less prone to security breaches, more environment friendly and logistically more convenient to give and take The sensational Vyapam scam has taken the country by storm. High level link-ups and the alleged role of well-known...

Looking beyond the land boundary deal

Monday, 15 Jun 2015 | Munish Kumar Raizada | in Oped

Narendra Modi has done well on the land deal with Bangladesh. But he has ignored the issue of illegal migration. The need is for infiltration-proof borders When Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Bangladesh last weekend, he was greeted by the high and mighty of that nation. His Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh...

Incentivise positives or punish negatives

Wednesday, 03 Jun 2015 | Munish Kumar Raizada | in Oped

Gujarat is on its way to make voting compulsory in local elections. But whether the new law will add to rising political conscience or backfire remains to be seen In November 2014, Gujarat became the first State to pass a Bill making voting in local body elections compulsory. With Mr OP...

The Estonia example for Delhi

Monday, 25 May 2015 | Munish Kumar Raizada | in Oped

Delhi has the opportunity to be a shining example in e-governance, where the citizens conduct nearly all manners of their interaction with the Government, online. It can learn from little Estonia. Political will to implement is needed You could be easily excused for not noticing the meteoric rise of Estonia, a...

Providing effective health cover

Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015 | Munish Kumar Raizada | in Oped

Rather than running its own health facilities, the Government should consider providing health insurance to its citizens. There are many Government-sponsored health insurance schemes but their evolution has been slow Rudolf Virchow, a German pathologist, public health activist and politician, said that medicine is a social science and politics is nothing...

Universal healthcare for India

Tuesday, 10 Mar 2015 | Munish Kumar Raizada | in Oped

Indians are reputed to be one of the world’s best healthcare providers and yet, within India, the healthcare system is abysmal. To improve the situation, the Government must harness the strength of the robust private sector With a population of more than 125 crore, contemporary India yearns for another opportunity to...

The US’s equal but lesser citizens

Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | Munish Kumar Raizada | in Oped

Though Blacks in America now have equal rights and freedoms as their White counterparts, they still suffer racial prejudices and many systemic challenges The unprecedented development shown by the US in all spheres over the last couple of centuries has failed to cover up for the evident divide in its society...

Teaching the science of the soul

Tuesday, 06 Jan 2015 | Munish Kumar Raizada | in Oped

Building on Swami Vivekananda’s legacy, Paramahansa Yogananda was instrumental in popularising yoga in the West. So relevant are his teachings today that yoga studios are now as common as coffee shops in America Rudyard Kipling wrote The Ballad of East and West more than a 125 years ago, whose opening lines,...


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