Review: Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro: India’s Day Out

A movie Presents a microcosm of India. Shows what works in India and what does not. Is hilarious, idealistic, crazy, outrageous, realistic but not preachy. Made by a first-time director assisted and acted by who’s who of Indian cinema in later years. Made on a shoe-string budget, without the dance and songs routine, goes on […]

Reservation that India needs more

The reservation is undertaken to address the historic oppression, inequality, and discrimination faced by castes/tribes/classes. The purpose of reservation is for the uplift of the oppressed and downtrodden. To a sensible society, the gradual phasing out of the reservation, post evaluation, should be considered as the success of the affirmative action. However, in the Indian […]

10% Quota: A right or a wrong

Narendra Modi government passing 10% quota for the economically weaker section (EWS) in general category has raised the hackles of a number of people. It has been termed as a political ploy targeting the 2019 general elections. A whole lot of political commentators have raised the point if this move will pass the Supreme Court […]

Why the lobbying bill is not relevant for India

The Disclosure of Lobbying Activities Bill 2015 (DLA) was introduced before the Parliament to regulate the practice of lobbying in India and to increase transparency in governance. Lobbying refers to a broad range of activities that attempt to influence policymaking. It is used to influence the way a legislator votes on a matter before the […]

Indian Railways Facts & Figures: Air India In The Making

If there is a singular way of knowing how defunct and dysfunctional Indian State is, it is through Indian Railways. If there is any time any more proof required that Indian State messes up everything that it engages in, look at Indian Railways. Indian Railways is symptomatic of what ails the Indian State; rather it […]

Educational qualification for elected representatives: A binary debate

In the daily deluge of news, a small update went unnoticed. Rajasthan’s newly elected Congress government decided to abolish the minimum educational qualification required to contest elections to panchayats and urban bodies. On the face of it, the decision and the rationale look simple. Educational Qualification: An Unviable Proposition What has educational qualification got to […]

Meghalaya miners: Nobody to the rescue

13 December 2018. 15 Meghalaya miners trapped. What have been the earlier precedents in the world for the rescue operations of such accidents? The rescue precedents 5 August 2010. Chilean mining accident happens. Thirty-three men trapped. On 13 October 2010, the men were rescued, as an estimated 1 billion people world-wide watched. Nearly every Chilean […]

Resignation of Urjit Patel and Indian State

First, it was the resignation of Arvind Panagariya. An incident. Second, it was the resignation of Arvind Subramanian. A coincidence. Third, it was the resignation of Urjit Patel. A pattern. I know that just three resignations in the mighty Indian State do not make a pattern. But then, these are not the resignations of a […]

Losing State elections 2018 can be a master stroke for Narendra Modi in winning India 2019

BJP has lost elections 2018 in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The national media is hyper-active theorizing that Narendra Modi wave has ended, Modi magic does not work anymore, Amit Shah has lost his touch, Amit Shah does not know the electoral pulse anymore and so on. Congress has won elections 2018 in Rajasthan, Madhya […]

Modern Retail Myths in India

Every now and then we come across the reports about the size of the modern retail in India. The experts and the analysts will predict the size of the modern retail in India in some years to come. It will be mentioned in these reports that the modern retail in India is growing at such […]