I am back from a half month long work sojourn to Coastal Tamil Nadu from Chennai to Kanyakumari with stops at Kumbokonam, Rajapalayam and Madurai. I also had a pit stop at Thiruvananthapuram, which is being swamped by images of Dr Tharoor. Tamil Nadu was the first state in India to have a regional party … More Regionalism Reloaded : It is time to call it Federalism
India is rapidly urbanizing as cities expand into the hinterland and form urban mega clusters like the National Capital Region and the Mumbai Metropolitan Region among others. Even Kolkata has a ‘New Town’ and Rajarhat to contend. Cities are economic engines of growth with densely packed spaces and brimming with activity. By the year 2030, … More Politics in Urban India needs a reboot: an exegesis
India has now reached the inflection point in which the post liberalization generation who have not experienced the License Raj economic climate of the days of ‘Hindu Growth Rate’ demanding a scale up. Economic Reforms 2.0 have taken a back seat of sorts as the Congress led coalition focuses on delivering Welfare measures as it … More Why Arvind Kejriwal will transform Politics in India?
Our ‘Present’- tation State of the Economy is in ‘Slide Show’ mode. With an economy in free fall and governance in a coma, it’s frankly no surprise to ordinary ‘aam aadmi’ that a time would arrive when a PAN Card would have to be furnished to the vegetable vendor to purchase onions which is a … More Is Arnab Goswami framing our National Conversation?
We are in the midst of an ideological battle over a legislation which is a rare welcome initiative in our complicated national discourse usually muddled within the finite contours of caste and religion. It’s a battle between greatest Indian Economist of our generation Nobel Laureate Dr. Amartya Sen and equally formidable duo of Dr. Jagdish … More Why India’s Food Security Bill is needed
For us in India, the impression of Malaysia in our heads atleast for the Middle Classes are the beautifully shot ads of ‘Malaysia, Truly Asia’ with pristine Langkawi and Suria KLCC shopping district shown in them. Or for folks who have watched the Tamil Film ‘Billa’, the scene at the top of the Petronas Twin … More Malaysia Polls: Why does it matter to India?
Dear Dr. Singh We had a lot of hopes from you, Dr Manmohan Singh. A stellar career academic, bureaucrat whose track record was too good to be true. As a RBI Governor, UGC Chairman and Finance Minister; you knew the inner workings of the Indian Economic Establishment like no one else. Your track record as … More A Letter to Dr. Singh: a plea from a liberal
We all know (especially who live in India) that this country is best described as organized chaos. Rahul Gandhi ji during his recent dialogue with Industry leaders at a FICCI summit compared India to a beehive, an apt analogy I must admit. India is not functioning at its periphery but resilient at its core. We … More Lets Get Real Guys : Hypocrisy about morals
In India the reality is that the discourse on secularism boils down to trivial politics. As per the 42nd amendment (in 1976) to the constitution the politically contentious term ‘secular’ was added to the preamble. So it seems that Secularism is a relatively recent addition to our dictionary of political discourse. A ton of writings … More Is the Secularism Question, really secular?
There are a few issues with the public discourse on Environmental issues. Environment matters are essentially political as they are backward integrated in to public values. Environmental issues are livelihood concerns for native communities off the economic grid. The retinue of ‘Quality of Life’ Indicators is contingent upon the environment. Free Market Capitalism and Environmentalism … More Environmental Governance as inclusive Developmental Architecture: Time for action