The Har Ghar Jal programme is going to be a challenge like no other. When Modi proposed Swachh Bharat it seemed like a very ambitious one, and, though the government claims to have built 9.6 crore toilets and that 95 per cent of cities are open defecation free (ODF), in its true sense there is a long way to go before India can be declared ODF. This is because infrastructure is only one part of the problem. Behavioural changes need to follow and it takes time for the wheel to turn. Water supply is an altogether different ballgame. … [Read more...] about Budget 2019 | The Har Ghar Jal scheme could be Modi’s ticket to 2024
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As such, the state is in the grip of a terrible financial crisis with the state treasury being placed under restrictions for extended periods, and, development projects moving at a snail’s pace. Will the general public deflect their anger at falling incomes to the incumbent government in the wake of COVID-19 and vote for a change as always? … [Read more...] about Politics | In Kerala’s COVID-19 response Pinarayi Vijayan is in the spotlight
Five minutes into his speech Modi stressed that his 10-week-old government passed many important legislation and achieved progress across sectors. He said that by abrogating Article 370 and 35A his government had further realised the dreams of India’s first home minister, Sardar Patel. Modi said that for Muslim women his government passed a legislation against instant triple talaq. He stressed that the government passed legislation against terrorism (UAPA), a pension scheme for small traders was announced, Rs 90,000 crore was earmarked for the Kisan Samman Nidhi, for improving healthcare and facilitating more doctors the government has introduced the National Medical Commission Bill 2019, among others. … [Read more...] about Independence Day Speech | Modi is a man in a hurry, can India run with him?
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) were quick to blame the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the violence. Throughout the Delhi election campaign Kejriwal remained vague about his stand of the CAA. This would have been a political move aimed at not upsetting a section of voters — but his continued silence on it shows that the astute politician in Kejriwal has taken over the activist-leader in him. His act of offering prayers at Rajghat was high on symbolism, but more is expected from the CM. The AAP has also not refrained by fishing in muddy waters, as is evident in this misinforming tweet by AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan who alludes that the gun-wielding protester in Jaffrabad has ties with the BJP. … [Read more...] about Politics | Delhi violence is a sordid reflection of our collective failure
All of this is because of the human capacity deficit, because each individual service neither understands modern industrial supply chains or economics of scale, but more importantly because their respective leaderships refuse to rationalise and streamline their services. Some of this is because their interactions with modern campaigns being fought by industrialised powers is acutely limited. Their conversations with foreign colleagues are formalised, or as in the case of joint exercises, such as the Red Flag and Malabar, severely stunted for ‘operational security’ reasons with limited learning that doesn’t get institutionalised or dispersed within the relevant branch. … [Read more...] about Defence | A Chief of Defence Staff will not address the armed forces’ problems