Sachchidanand ShuklaIt is said “be careful what you wish for….”’. Not a long time ago, Arvind Subramanian had floated the idea of universal basic income for India, but held out a caveat that the costs will be too large. Cut back to the present. The crying need of the hour was some relief to farmers, given the widespread distress and some help to the middle-class that has patiently borne the brunt of some of the disruptive reforms over the last few years.Importantly, this had to be done without compromising on the fiscal framework and the deficit targets, and within the confines of Interim Budget conventions. A difficult act?Close The first standout feature is the effective targeting of the schemes on the expenditure side. Take for example the imperative of alleviating stress on the farm side. The government rolled out an unconditional Income transfer scheme, which will cost the exchequer Rs 75,000 crore or 0.26 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP). This … [Read more...] about Opinion| A smartly packaged and a please-all Budget
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Days after the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) announced their decision to contest the Lok Sabha polls together from Uttar Pradesh, BSP satrap Mayawati, on her 63rd birthday, appealed to members and workers of both parties to forget their past differences.As the leader was greeted by SP chief Akhilesh Yadav at her residence in Lucknow on her birthday on January 15, she said, “Forget past differences and ensure the victory of all joint candidates of SP and BSP. This will be my ideal birthday gift.”The parties, which have decided to contest general elections on a 50-50 seat-sharing deal, are itching to bury the hatchet in an attempt to make a formidable alliance to beat the BJP, which had won 71 out of 80 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. While the SP had managed to win a meagre five seats, the BSP won none.Close But it won’t be easy for the bitter rivals to forget and forgive, especially after witnessing a dark past in the history of Indian … [Read more...] about Forget past differences with SP, says BSP supremo Mayawati on 63rd birthday. Easier said than done?
Puducherry chief minister V Narayanasamy called off the six-day dharna late on the night of February 18 after a meeting was held between Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi, the CM and his Council of Ministers. After the dharna ended, Kiran Bedi took to Twitter and announced that the government will be back to work from February 19 while Narayanasamy said, “partial success was achieved on various demands”.However, the chief minister said the campaign for statehood would continue "without a break".After the meeting, the chief minister also announced that “all the agitation slated for the next two days against Kiran Bedi” have been suspended.But why was the chief minister staging a dharna outside the Raj Nivas and what are his demands? Let’s take a closer look at the storm brewing in Puducherry.Close The public duel between Narayanasamy and Kiran Bedi related news CBI carries out searches at 13 locations in Rs 568.52 crore bank fraud 200 … [Read more...] about Discord in Puducherry |CM Narayanasami may have ended dharna outside LG Kiran Bedi’s house, but question of statehood looms large
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, much has been spoken on the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill.While the Congress has reiterated its promise to pass the bill if voted to power, the ruling BJP dispensation maintains a stoic silence on the subject.The bill, which promises 33 percent reservation for women in the Lok Sabha, was surprisingly also a part of the BJP’s manifesto ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha Polls.Close The bill also proposes that one-third of the seats from the reserved seats will be fixed for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. The reserved seats will be allotted by rotation to different constituencies in the Lok Sabha. Besides, the reservation will cease to exist after 15 years of commencement of the law. related news CBI carries out searches at 13 locations in Rs 568.52 crore bank fraud 200 recommendations of Swaminathan report accepted by govt: Agri minister Believe Congress will take 'good decision' about leadership: … [Read more...] about Women’s Reservation Bill | What is the debate around it?
“It’s the creatives, stupid.” advertisement advertisement On the August evening that opens the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Kevin Spacey is giving the keynote speech, a jeremiad against his hosts delivered with all the fervor of a Tea Party populist railing against Washington. The Oscar-winning thespian looks like a politician, his hair perfectly in place and his suit a somber charcoal. He emotes like a politician, too, as he launches into a withering takedown of the traditional way that Hollywood makes television, lambasting everything from the pilot process to TV executives (“those network people”) who are always “sticking their fingers in creative decisions and having opinions about everything.” And like the scheming pol he plays on House of Cards, the Netflix drama whose first season debuted in February 2013 and for which Spacey earned an Emmy nomination, Spacey offers his speech in silky soundbites uttered in his … [Read more...] about Netflix: The Red Menace