(photo credit:www.junglekey.fr) Ursula Von Der Leyen, the scarily efficient and glamorous German Defence Minister, who is also incredibly mother to seven children, ticked all the required boxes for soaring rhetoric on a bilateral strategic partnership with India. Democracy, freedom, an open society, diversity and religious plurality being the ground for shared values. Of course, she […]Read More Indo-German Defence Pact- New beginnings for subaltern states.
(photo credit: http://www.iosipa.com) Reposted from the Asian Age May 25. 2015 < http://www.asianage.com/columnists/well-run-modi-690> Should it worry us that Modi sarkar resembles the Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie, the greatest long-distance runner ever and not Usain Bolt, the 100-metre thunderbolt from Jamaica? Not really. The 100-metre dash, whilst spectacular and crowd pulling, is a good tactic for disaster mitigation […]Read More Well run, PM Modi
(photo credit: fundamental.bogs.com) How justified is Mr. Kejriwal, the Chief Minister (CM) of Delhi in assuring auto rickshaw (tuk tuks) owners and drivers -his niche supporters numbering around 100,000 – annual rate revisions in tandem with rising costs, when he denies a similarly supportive regulatory regime to the three private companies which supply power to […]Read More CM Kejriwal’s plunging popularity
(photo credit: http://www.financialexpress.com) Reposted from Asian Age May 15, 2015 http://www.asianage.com/columnists/modi-s-trilemma-1 India’s bland foreign policy has traditionally been based on the principle of “please all and offend none”. Things changed under Indira Gandhi when we pivoted to the Soviets and teamed up against the “capitalists” in the West. But post-1990, once the Soviet dream evaporated, […]Read More PM Modi’s Foreign Policy “Trilema”
(photo credit: india.com) Arun Shourie- minister in the earlier NDA government and senior BJP leader was being strategically alarmist when he went public on May 1 warning Prime Minister Modi against succumbing to the seductive spell, which the Chinese put on Pandit Nehru (India’s first Prime Minister) eagerly accepting his diplomatic largesse and support whilst […]Read More Prime Minister Modi says Ni Hou
Reposted from The Asian Age May 5, 2015 where it first appeared http://www.asianage.com/columnists/shrimatiji-awaits-achche-din-800 India is on a roll. The “helicopter-top down” view looks good. Growth is to be 7.5 per cent this fiscal and 8 per cent by 2018 (World Bank’s India Development Update report 2015) outdoing China, which cannot but be a matter of satisfaction. […]Read More Shrimatiji awaits achche din
(photo credit; namakkal.tn.nic.in) Prime Minister Modi, addressing the civil service officers, last week, made three telling points. First, he asked the bureaucracy to shrug off the inhibitions of the past and think big and assured that resource constraint would not limit them. Second, he exhorted the bureaucracy to change citizens’ perception of babudom by personal […]Read More PM to babus: Learn to work with “plentiful resources” for social and human development