Articles and Commentaries

Irrelevance of Planning Commission & Relevance of States

One of the most widely spoken about moves of the BJP led NDA Government as it took power on May 26, 2014 and also the one that was on every one’s mind was – “What was the Government going to do with the Planning Commission?”. Innumerable stories and editorials made its way, some citing probable…
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Participatory Agenda for India’s Progress

He arrived in style.. the turban he wore reminding the countrymen of a Swami Vivekanand who went to the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago some 121 years ago wearing the same. He invoked Swami Vivekanand a couple of time in his speech to proclaim that ‘India will once again rise to become Vishwa Guru’.…
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India at 68: Beginning of a New Dawn

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s path breaking speech from the ramparts of the Red Fort on the 68th Independence Day, aims to take India to a new strata. After a long time, common man was allowed to attend the function and the Prime Minister breaking from the norms established by his predecessors spoke extempore and without…
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The Tyranny of Hyphens

The debate on these pages on February 13 was, as I see it, a good attempt to widen an ongoing online debate. The issues raised by Harsh Gupta and Rajeev Mantri ('One versus group', IE) are critical for two reasons. Through 65 years of our independence, we saw citizenship rights being increasingly coloured and muddled…
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