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Achievements of BRICS 2015 Ufa Summit

These are difficult times for the BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, well acknowledged in the underlying theme of this year’s BRICS summit at Ufa in Russia on 9th July —“BRICS Partnership – a Powerful Factor of Global Development.” The very first paragraph of the Ufa Declaration stressed on the discussions on “issues of common interest in respect of the international agenda as well as key priorities in respect of further [...]

PM unveils Digital India Project

In computer science, the word ‘digital’ represents data as a series of numerical values (source: The Free Dictionary by Farlex). In broader terms, the term digital relates to numbers. The irony is that when Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the much trumpeted ‘Digital India Week’ at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium on July 1, the organizers of the grand show grossly erred on the numbers! The entry was by invitation, and the number of [...]

Key Achievements of Modi Government after coming to power

First some statements by the members of the ruling conglomeration at the Centre: 1. “We have a stable government and a PM (Prime Minister) who takes decisions on his own and implements them on his own”–Sanjay Raut of Shiv Sena – a constituent of the ruling National Democratic Alliance.“The biggest achievement of this regime is that the government is visible on the ground. The government has been prompt in responding, and is seen to be [...]

Controversies During First Year of Modi Government

The latest controversy involving ‘fugitive’ business tycoon Lalit Modi, who lives in exile in Britain, and the ‘undue favour’ to him by external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and the chief minister of BJP-ruled Rajasthan, Vasundhara Raje, is being considered as the first big credibility test of the one-year-old Narendra Modi government at the Centre. But this is not a first. Controversies have dogged the Modi government right from day one, when he announced his team [...]

How Critical is e-Governance for a Growing Economy Like India

“Make all Government services accessible to the common man in his locality, through common service delivery outlets, and ensure efficiency, transparency, and reliability of such services at affordable costs to realise the basic needs of the common man” – Vision Statement of the National e-Governance Plan The Challenges in Administering India The challenges of administering a continent-size country like India are manifold. When you add diverse cultures, communities, languages and lifestyles, the challenges before any [...]

Corruption and Inflation – Where India Stands on Completion of One Year of BJP Government

A message recently went viral on internet – if a mug has to be chained in a public toilet for fear that it may get stolen, how can one expect corruption to be curbed? How true!  In spite of all those sermons on corruption, the fact remains that no one has ever eliminated corrupt practices and only the benchmark of corruption changes from time to time. Transparency International – the global coalition against corruption – [...]

Narendra Modi on a Three-Nation Tour again to China, Mongolia and South Korea

In less than 12 months since assuming the Prime Minister’ office, PM Narendra Modi has already made 16 foreign trips. By the end of 2015, he is scheduled to make at least eight more such trips. As for now, his foreign travels have made him stand in good stead and his thrust on business diplomacy with the smart ‘Make in India’ tagline looks promising as more foreign countries are showing interest in investing in India. [...]

How successful is pradhan mantri's jan dhan yojana

On September 2 last year, soon after the ambitious Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana was launched, we wrote in these columns that the real challenge was to keep the accounts that would open under the PMJDY alive. (http://www.elections.in/blog/jan-dhan-yojana-a-too-ambitious-scheme/). We had written that the government need not rush the ambitious plan of financial inclusion without a proper action plan. More than half a year later, the PMJDY seems to have progressed steadily although the scheme still [...]

Whether the Modi Factor is Still Shining or Getting Diminished

Remember that at his very first election victory rally in Vadodara, Modi had declared triumphantly, “Achhey din aa gaye hain” (Better times have already arrived)? As his government comes near to completion of a year in office, the ‘achhey din’ (better times) catchphrase still remains a misnomer. Why? Clearly, the concept of ‘achhey din’ has different dimensions for different people. In these columns we had raised this question on 21 July last year – when [...]

Age-Criteria for Politicians in India

Narendra Modi’s ‘under 75′ formula has thus far made him successful in thwarting potential challenges from party stalwarts such as Murli Manohar Joshi and Lal Krishna Advani. He has deftly marginalised other leaders who are over 75 years of age by making his formula rule of the thumb. The formula, initially meant to deny ministerial rank to anybody above 75 year of age, now seems to be applicable to the selection criteria for party candidates [...]

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