We possess an insidious subsidy culture. If an election is coming, a quick word will raise the LPG cylinder cap or lower CNG prices, ignoring gaping fiscal deficits. In the idealised public sector era, subsidies were a symbol of our commitment to bring about egalitarian growth, protecting our infant industries. Now, in the last decade,
Dahala Khagrabari #51 is India’s only counter-counter-enclave, a piece of India surrounded by overlapping pieces of Bangladesh and India. It is also a farm and not inhabited. With an area of less than 1.7 acres, the size of a jute field, it is emblematic of the morass in which India’s neighbourhood policy is bogged down.
Healthcare in India is a story of insufficient resources and poor outcomes. Investment is well below WHO guidelines in both qualitative and quantitative terms. Bed density is low (less than 1.5 beds per 1000 persons as compared to WHO guideline of 3.5), doctors few (less than 1.8 per 1000 as compared to WHO guideline of
The Indian Parliament is sacred at a distance, Bismarckian sausage-making at its most intimate. For all our cherished "representative democracy" and high regard for Parliament, it has often seemed moribund, witness to inaction and misdemeanour, cynical lawmaking and naked populism. This dichotomy limits the potential to reform, with debate over the character and behaviour of
Voltaire wrote “If you see a Swiss banker jumping out of a window, follow him, there is sure to be a profit in it”. Following this train of thought India is seen to be ruined by a cartel of Swiss bankers, terrorists and corrupt industrialists. Unlimited black money is apparently out there, the “hidden hand”
India is a reluctant urbaniser. The Indian city is chaotic, unclean and unsafe. Lothal, Pataliputra and Ujjain were once cosmopolitan centres, planned around commerce and geography. Bad planning and governance scarred our cities, with the middle class driven away by rigid ideology, massive migration and industrial tension. Urban planning remains a farce. We face a
India lies in a fortunate geography. Cradled between two arms of the Indian Ocean and naturally barricaded by the Himalayas, a scorching desert and lightly travelled tropical forests, we are not easily vulnerable. Yet we`ve faced invasions through the Hindukush, through Burma and from across the oceans. This dynamic continues today, manifested in Poonch sector