Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 21

QUESTIONS ASKED DAY-21 (09/08/2013) 1)Discuss the demands and expectations of Indian diaspora in the North America from their host countries. Are these demands justified? Critically examine. 2)“Foreign investment is far from being critical to India’s economic growth”. Critically comment. (2009, GS-II) RESPONSES: Nikku August 9, 2013 at 11:01 am   3 Votes “Foreign investment is …

I feel sorry for Kapil Sibal and company for their zero-loss theory, CAG Vinod Rai says

I feel sorry for Kapil Sibal and company for their zero-loss theory, CAG Vinod Rai says. None of the 30 Comptroller & Auditor Generals of India before him had created the kind of waves as he did. Vinod Rai threw up gigantic figures of money allegedly stolen from government coffers. In full public glare, he exposed corruption …

Is Civil Society In India Urban-Centric?

The use of phrase ‘civil society’ became quite popular during Anna Hazare led movement against corruption. Until then this phrase was non existent in public discourse. Mainstream media then started assessing the nature of civil society institutions that were involved in this popular agitation. Many branded this movement as middle-class phenomena; urban centric; driven by …

Acceptance Speech by Shri Pranab Mukherjee on his Assumption of office as President of India – Complete Text

Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Shri Hamid Ansari, Smt. Meira Kumar, Shri Justice S.H. Kapadia, Members of Parliament, Your Excellencies, Friends and fellow citizens, I am deeply moved by the high honour you have accorded to me. Such honour exalts the occupant of this office, even as it demands that he rises above personal or partisan interests in the service of the national good. The principal …

Union Cabinet Approves Introduction of the Criminal Law (Amendment ) Bill, 2012 in the Parliament With Provision Of Stringent Punishment For Rape

The Law Commission of India in its 172nd Report on `Review of Rape Laws` as well the National Commission for Women have recommended for stringent punishment for the offence of rape. Taking this into consideration, government had constituted a high powered committee headed by Union Home Secretary, which  examined the recommendations of Law Commission, NCW and …

‘Soft Power’ China Divides and Tries To Rule Asia pacific

Last week 10 member ASEAN countries’ meet ended in debacle. China orchestrated  it, Cambodia the host and indebted to China, ensured it. China has become assertive in its claim to superiority in the Asia Pacific region, scaring neighbouring countries and pushing them, quite stupidly towards US pivot. Resource rich South China Sea has become bone …

Child Malnutrition In India – Magnitude, Its Causes, Consequences and Remedies

“Though quieter than famine, persistent undernutrition kills many more people slowly in the long run than famine do”   (Dre’ze and Sen 1998) India’s much coveted ‘demographic dividend‘ might be  in jeopardy. It is estimated that by 2030, there  will be 484.86 million youth (aged between 15 to 34) in India. Much has been said about its …

Addressing Infrastructure Bottlenecks In India – Recent Measures Taken By The Government Of India

India’s poor infrastructure is the major roadblock that is holding it from achieving 9% plus growth. Many bottlenecks such as delayed decision making, red-tapism, problems in environmental clearance, skewed land acquisition policies, inadequate fuel supply to power plants, lack of private participation in investment and importantly corruption. To address some of these problems government has …

Aftershocks Of ‘Policy Paralysis’

People at the helm still blame Eurozone crisis for India’s economic problems. The same people were jubilant two years ago when India somehow managed decent growth despite severe global economic crisis. The reason for their jubilation was that  they believed that Indian economy was decoupled from the crisis-hit economies of the West. Now, this reasoning seems to …

THE PROVISIONS OF THE PANCHAYATS (EXTENSION TO THE SCHEDULED AREAS) ACT, 1996

. PESA,1996 THE PROVISIONS OF THE PANCHAYATS (EXTENSION TO THE SCHEDULED AREAS) ACT, 1996 (24th December, 1996) An Act to provide for the extension of the provisions of Part IX of the Constitution  relating to the Panchayats to the Scheduled Areas. Be it enacted by Parliament in the Forty-seventh Year of the Republic of India …

Tackling Left Wing Extremism (Naxalism) – Recent Measures Taken By Union and State Governments

In Prime Minister’s words, Naxalism is the biggest internal security threat being faced by India. He is not wrong. Naxals have killed more security personnel and civilians than victims claimed by terrorists and other extremists in North East India put together. Government has adopted both violent and peaceful strategies to tackle threat posed by naxals. …

National Counter – Terrorism Centre – What Is It and Why There Is Opposition?

Terrorism and corruption are two sides of a same coin called inhumanness. To tackle corruption, a monster that is threatening economic progress of India, some ‘wise’ people came up with an idea called ‘lokpal‘. Government killed it. And when Mumbai was taken hostage by gunmen from neighbouring country, the government realized that there should be …

Comparision between Jan Lokpal Bill 2011 and Draft Lokpal Bill 2010 (Government Version)

The Draft Lokpal Bill 2010 and the Jan Lokpal Bill 2011   Jurisdiction, Powers and Functions of the Proposed Lokpal A Quick Comparison   Prepared by Justice A P Shah Chief Justice (Retd), Delhi High Court, New Delhi & Venkatesh Nayak Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, New Delhi & Co-Convenor, National Campaign for People’s Right to …

Bihar Elections – Development is the Caste and the Religion

Vinay   When you provide food, water, shelter and security to the people, votes flow themselves.  When you donate money to temples and Math’s, when you distribute cheap saris to women, when you denotify land so that your kith and kin can grab whole of it – don’t think people will just watch and forget. …

Water Water Everywhere But Not a Drop to Drink…..

In July 2006 Mumbai was paralyzed by heavy Monsoon rains that left more than 850 people dead and millions displaced.The rains exposed those inherent loopholes in the urban planning that routinely bring miseries to the city dwellers in India. Yesterday Veeral Dholakia was beaten to death by the unruly police for protesting on the street …