My Mind

My Mind

Cut & Thrust: It is dermatome time

Time to pull the dermatome out. This surgical instrument is used to produce thin slices of skin from a donor area, in order to use them for making skin grafts in plastic surgery operations.
Of course, right now the beleaguered Indian banking industry needs a gigantic dermatome for it has to scoop out large dollops of dead skin that the body is infested with. One would think that with the imponderables out of the way for the political economy, the road was clear for transformational reform.

The muslim in new India

For the second time since partition, the Indian Muslim stands at the cusp of history. The idea of a pluralistic India, so distinct from monistic Pakistan, came under first real test in the early 90s when a militant mob razed Babri Masjid in Ayodhya to claim lord Ram’s birthplace asserting the might of the majority like never before in Independent India.

Let’s breathe easy

Extremely harmful air pollution levels in Indian cities have been a subject of intense discussion in media and elsewhere for quite some time now. Supreme Court has also been trying to impress upon the central and state governments to find immediate solutions to the killing air pollution. “This pollution problem is very serious. If you talk for years for a solution, then it is a problem,” a bench of Justices MB Lokur and PC Pant observed during a court hearing on January 16, 2017.

Sow some optimism

In recent years, the agrarian crisis has been largely discussed and described in terms of farmer’s suicides. Obviously, this is a serious issue and merits very careful consideration and appropriate remedial action, considering the fact that agriculture is the main life giving profession of humankind. Although this matter rightly attracts attention, we need to go into greater depth on the problems being faced by farming communities in our country. I suggest a 10-point action plan to reverse with trend of decline in the productivity of major crops.

Sow some optimism

In recent years, the agrarian crisis has been largely discussed and described in terms of farmer’s suicides. Obviously, this is a serious issue and merits very careful consideration and appropriate remedial action, considering the fact that agriculture is the main life giving profession of humankind. Although this matter rightly attracts attention, we need to go into greater depth on the problems being faced by farming communities in our country. I suggest a 10-point action plan to reverse with trend of decline in the productivity of major crops.

Power of risk in politics

A counter na-rrative appears to be emerging in the ongoing Uttar Pradesh government action against slaughter houses and restaurants selling meat products. Firstly, that representatives of the affected restaurants and slaughter houses have expressed a willingness to work with the state government. That is a contrarian view from the one that emerged at the outset, that raised questions of deliberate polarisation. Secondly, the health department has put out information that there are about 300 registered meat sellers within Lucknow.

The Congress quandary

A government without an opposition is an unfortunate scenario in a democracy and the BJP’s emphatic victory march in successive state polls has ensured a resistance-free run for the Modi government in the remaining two years of its term at the Centre.
The Modi-Shah team has acquired an unbeatable status and if the current state of opposition is a reflection of things to come, majoritarianism is in for a long spell.

What China wants

Looking at the world from Beijing these days cannot be a comfortable situation. Though secure at home, “core leader” Xi Jinping has to contend with the five-yearly Congress of the Communist Party of China later this year. This congress is crucial for Xi to put his own stamp on the party and put in place individuals who will owe their jobs to him and push his policies. Further, they may be the key to Xi getting an unprecedented third term as the General Secretary of the CPC and the President of the country.

Cut & Thrust: SRK’s ALPHABET SOUP

On Saturday, the Enforcement Directorate sent a show cause notice to Kolkata Knight Riders and its co-owners Shahrukh Khan and Juhi Chawla in the long running saga of causing a Rs 73.6 crore loss under FEMA in an IPL related case. At the very kernel of the case is the sale of some shares of Knight Riders Sports Pvt Ltd to a Mauritius based firm at a cost lower than their actual value resulting in the alleged loss of foreign exchange amounting to Rs 70 crore and change.

Pitfalls of handing a walkover

Congress workers in Lucknow are said to be behind posters, stuck across the city, mockingly seeking the whereabouts of Prashant Kishor, the vaunted political master strategist who had been passed on to the Congress by the Janata Dal (United) after Nitish Kumar’s election win in November 2015. In a season of despondence, it is commendable that the anger of the drubbing in Uttar Pradesh has been channeled towards dark humour.

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