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The Accidental Prime Minister? 

Manmohan Singh Set to Retire on a Slump

The magazine Eastern Panorama had in 2011 called the Anna Hazare - led Movement - the Indian Spring of People’s Power. This writer had also said that the ‘first draft’ for the obituary of the Manmohan Singh Government was written when the key Congress ministers P Chidambaram and Kapil Sibal mishandled the entire Anna movement.

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Report Cards

State of Elementary Education in Rural North East India as per ASER 2013

The recently released provisional 9th Annual Status of Education Report (Rural) 2013 highlights that though there has been a rise in enrolment level over the years and also that there have been marked improvements in school infrastructure in recent times, the almost stagnant and falling levels of learning outcomes in children is a cause for concern. The Report focuses on two major issues – the dramatic shift to private school enrolment in rural areas and the crisis of learning and stresses on the urgent need to address these issues. Another worrying trend that the Report talks about is the widening gap in learning levels between children studying in Government and private schools. 

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The emergence of the Aam Admi Movement in 2010-2011 as a Civil Society and the tremendous success of the Aam Admi Party (AAP) under the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal securing 28 seats out of 70 in the last Delhi Assembly election as a first time opener has given a thrust and the party has now started its efforts to spread its wings to other states of the Indian Union. It is understood that the AAP is also contemplating to contest in the next 2014 general election to Parliament.

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Syndicates Administration and People

The crackdown on Assam’s Syndicates

Fish traders calling for an enquiry into the syndicatesThe problems of Assam, arguably, are numerous and varied. Of them, some old social and political issues that have always concerned the people of the State are certainly tangled but are not too complex to deal with. If the State Government is a little more serious and sincere and goes ahead with a right approach and well – considered policy towards these pressing problems, there is no valid reason why they cannot be solved. However, it will continue to play a by standeras the ruling establishment is known to be wont to, until it faces severe criticism for not addressing the problem or a popular outcry leads to social unrest. This so called ‘go – slow – approach’ on the State Government’s part seems to have done more harm than good to the people in the State in terms of peace during the past few years in introspect. Add a comment Read more...

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Is “NM” Heading for the “Kursi” of PM?

Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra ModiThe venue was Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad!! The date was December 26. Even as the winter chill swept through the national capital  New Delhi and other parts of India, the political heat in Gujarat kept the Gujaratis quite warm. The mass-warmth was worth noticing.

And the reason for this warmth? Quite simple!! The reason was that “He” took oath for the fourth consecutive time as Chief Minister of Gujarat. As “He” was taking the oath, “His” supporters sang in unison “Aaj ka CM, 2014 ka PM!”  

If the era of winning very tough electoral battles with the real-time mantra of economic growth has dawned in India, Gujarat is really its “test-case”.

Yes! The worldly wise Gujaratis have proved that they no-more would allow themselves to be sentimentally blackmailed politically by the worn-out “Bhashans” or high-sounding yet hollow speeches of the leaders of different parties and, of course, their false promises. Add a comment Read more...