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Poverty of ideas - Arvind Panagariya, Economic Times
Evidence that poverty has declined since India began to liberalise in the 1980s, that the acceleration in growth to 8-9% range since the mid-2000s has resulted in accelerated poverty reduction and that these trends hold for each broad social group rather than just the aggregate population is as irrefutable as it gets in social sciences. In the accompanying graphic, taken from a recent study by Megha Mukim and the author... Read Full Article››
How Modi can make India a global superpower - Steve Forbes, Forbes India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has moved on a number of fronts during his first year in office and has achieved some success. While the focus has understandably been on what his measures mean for India, the fact is that they have global implications of the first order. Developing countries around the world are comparing India and China, trying to decide which model is best for achieving rapid economic growth. India is the world’s largest democracy and China is an authoritarian regime where political activity is proscribed.
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The billion-subscribers club - Rajat Kathuria, Financial Express
When the definitive narrative of the telecommunications sector in India is written, mention of several milestones will be made—among them, the incredible feat of reaching a billion connections will surely occupy a lot of space. Other landmarks will include the national telecom policies of 1994 and 1999, introduction of an ‘independent’ regulator, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) in 1997, separation of the regulatory and adjudicatory functions by creating the telecom tribunal TDSAT in 2000...
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#365AccheDin: NDA Government’s scorecard - NitiCentral
As the NDA government completes its one year in office, it’s time to look back at all those works and measures initiated under the government during the first 365 days. Here are some infographics summing up the crucial measures and initiatives taken up by the NDA government: As they promised to ensure that every senior citizen of our country can live a dignified a life, NDA government has released an array of schemes to ensure financial and health security of the elderly people.
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Modi letter on Year One: World now optimistic about India -
Service, in our Indian ethos is the ultimate duty - Seva Parmo Dharma. One year ago, you had entrusted me with the responsibility and honour of serving you as your Pradhan Sevak . I have devoted every moment of every day, and every element of my body and spirit, in fulfilling the same with fullest sincerity and honesty. We assumed office at a time when confidence in the India story was waning. Unabated corruption and indecisiveness had paralyzed the government.
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An eye on India and one on the world - Chandan Mitra, Business Line
For any new government, the first 100 days are regarded as the “honeymoon period”. Beyond that a government’s appeal, approval rating and attractiveness declines rapidly. So normally after 365 days, a government turns mundane, run-of-the-mill, disconnected and even disoriented. The challenge before a new government is how to prevent a sense of ennui and disappointment from setting in.More than building brick-and-mortar showpieces, a new government needs to keep hopes alive...
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A warp in the viewfinder - Tavleen Singh, Indian Express
As a responsible political columnist, I consider it my duty to warn you to exercise judgment when you read or listen to commentary about Narendra Modi’s first year in office. If you do, you will see through the consensus that Modi has failed to bring ‘achhe din’. Nothing has changed, the pundits proclaim, nothing at all. And India stands once more, they say, on the verge of deep despair. Look carefully and you will notice that these are the same people who until May 16 last year said Modi would never become prime minister.
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The Indian train is the pulsing vein of the nation - Gayatri Jayaraman, Mail Today
What more could the 5 am queue at the Delhi airport on a weekday morning need, but a large joint family with children fed on an exclusive diet of refined sugar, leaving on vacation, loading more than 17 bulging-to-capacity suitcases onto the check-in counter’s belt? It takes a while for you to realise the count has just gotten started, to shuffle impatiently, wait another 20 minutes, before you snap and, refraining yourself from hurling the queue separator at the counter staff, ask, in this-is-so-polite-I’m-livid tone...
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Delhi caught between conjecture and law - KN Bhat, Asian Age
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal appears to be a classic case of triumph of hope over experience. As recorded in recent history, his first marriage with the office of Delhi chief minister was solemnised on December 28, 2013. It lasted all of 49 days. During that brief period too he had a running feud with the lieutenant-governor over, among others, the issues of prior consent of the L-G before the Jan Lokpal Bill could be tabled in the Assembly. It is a different matter that the bill did not take a shape till the night before it was tabled...
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Waning confidence in economy has been decisively reversed over past one year - N K Singh, Hindustan Times
Beauty, like success, lies in the eyes of the beholder. Predilections and prejudices invariably influence our conclusions. True, a year is too long a time in politics. Nonetheless, it may still be too short a time slice for the five-year Narendra Modi mandate. There are obvious significant improvements. Many challenges remain. It would be difficult to deny that sagging confidence and expectations emanating from earlier policy paralysis have been decisively reversed.
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Missing the big picture on Big Data - G Sampath, Hindu
Why is the government so anxious to make the ownership of an Aadhar card, which is officially voluntary, practically mandatory? Why did the online fashion store recently turn app-only, which means you can’t shop on it through the website or mobile browser but only by downloading the app? Why is Facebook developing solar-powered drones to beam Internet from the sky? And why do both Facebook and Gmail keep badgering you for your cell phone number?
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