Taming the Djinn of Corruption

A spectacular win in 3 North-Eastern states specially Tripura, stunning loss of 2 seats in UP Lok Sabha by-elections, TDP’s shocking exit from NDA, perplexing ‘No confidence’ motion in Lok Sabha and well-scripted win to snatch an extra seat in Rajya Sabha from UP. Things can’t be more topsy-turvy for Modi Govt which would complete its normal tenure early next year. Modi stormed into power with a historic win and absolute majority in May, 2014. During election campaigns he placed emphasis, among other things, on 2 issues agitating the minds…

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Daffodils in the Desert: Ground breaking at Abu Dhabi

It is a nippy sunday morning and the better half and self is chatting up on the breakfast table on the twitter flutter of the day – ground breaking for a Hindu temple in UAE, with Government leaders at the apex in attendance. As perhaps the title of this article allures, neither is a temple or for that matter Hinduism a daffodil nor is the UAE a desert in the way we understand deserts. But the news did create a buzz in our ‘Event’ – which the better half-jokingly calls…

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Viral Zone: Is The Fourth Estate Under Threat in Modi’s India?

Todays Viral Zone will feature Viral Tweet Chain from the popular centre of right Twitter handle @srirambjp with user name Sriram. What is The Fourth Estate? Preceding to the revolution of 1789, there were three estates or divisions in French society, the clergy, the nobility and the commons. These three estates were represented in the early form of a Parliament called the The Estates General. In British Parliament today the clergy is represented by the House of Lords, the common people are represented in the House of Commons. With the advent…

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Kisan Shashaktikaran

India is ranked second worldwide in agricultural output and is the largest economic sector of India. It is main occupation of 58% Indian population. Different regions celebrating different agricultural festivals clearly indicate role of agriculture in Socio-Economic fabric of India. In terms of size of Industry, agriculture and allied sectors (including agriculture, livestock, forestry and fishery) is estimated to be 17.3 per cent of the Gross Value Added (GVA) during 2016-17 at 2011-12 prices and it accounts for about 10% of the country’s exports. India is world’s largest producer of…

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MUDRA Yojana and The Rise of Micro-Entrepreneurship

What is MUDRA Loan Scheme by Govt. of India As per NSSO survey (2013), there were around 5.77 Crore small/micro units in the country, engaging around 12 Crore people, mostly individual proprietorship/Own Account Enterprises. Over 60% of units were owned by persons belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes or Other Backward Classes. Most of these units were outside the formal banking system, and hence were forced to borrow from informal sources or use their own limited owned funds. With an objective to provide the micro entrepreneurs to access credit from…

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Narendra Modi is Winning War on Black Money & Corruption, Here is Why

Right from September 2013, when Narendra Modi, then CM of Gujarat was projected as PM candidate; he had made his intentions very clear that he would go all out against the black money and corruption if he was elected as the Prime Minister of India. Staying true to his words the very first decision which his cabinet took on 26th May, 2014, the day on which his government was sworn in, was to set up a Special Investigation Team under the supervision of the Supreme Court to probe the foreign…

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Empowering the Excluded – A Peek into Transforming India

It was lunch break at the gender diversity & inclusion workshop I was facilitating. The participants, a bunch of women rapidly trooped towards the factory cafeteria. We were discussing excitedly the company’s new Gender diversity & Inclusion policy and there was a sense of optimism, sorority and confidence. As the women reached the entrance of the cafeteria, they slowed down, hesitated, cast their eyes down and stooped. There were men everywhere in the cafeteria! This incident prompted me to look at Gender equality at – Self and System level. If…

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Understanding Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana

Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana is one of the cornerstones of the Beti Bachao Beti Padhao initiative by Government of India which was announced by PM Modi on 22 January 2015. This Yojana encourages parents to save funds for the future education and marriage expense for girl child. It is basically a saving scheme for girl’s future, with relatively high rate of interest. The scheme has been well accepted by the masses in wake of the financial security and independence it would provide to the girl child as well as her parents…

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मन की बात – देश से सीधा संवाद

जब से देश में भाजपा की सरकार आई है ‘मन की बात’ ने हमारे जीवन में अलग सा स्थान बना लिया है। उससे पहले राजनीतिक दलों ने जनता के “मन की बात” सुननी तो दूर, कभी अपने “मन की बात” तक नहीं सुनी। आज तमाम दलों की जो दुर्गति हो रही है,जनता उनसे कोसों दूर भाग रही है.. उसके जड़ में यही “मन की बात” है। कभी तो थाह ली होती कि जनता चाहती क्या है ? किन परेशानियों से जुझ रही है? पर नहीं..सब ने अपनी अलग “बुद्धिजीवियों “के…

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Delhi via Lucknow: Mission 2019

These are best of the times for Modi-led BJP. It couldn’t have been worse for other parties. BJP have won most of the elections in 2017 – whether State Assembly, Municipal Corporations or Panchayat. If March elections gave 4 out of 5 states to BJP including a landslide win in India’s most populous state of UP, winning Delhi MCD polls in April was sweet revenge for its humiliating loss in February, 2015. UP’s victory was both spectacular and unprecedented with BJP & allies notching up 325 out of 403 seats.…

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