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Modi's mission 2022 - MJ Akbar, Times of India
On 15 February this year, Isro placed 104 satellites into orbit using only a single launch of one vehicle, PSLV-C37. The video of the event, available easily enough on the net, shows the familiar zoom of a rocket entering space, and then little flicks chase one another into the deep distance until the mission is completed. Only three satellites were Indian; 96 were commissioned by two American companies, Planet Laks and Spire Global. The acceleration in space, impressive as it is, might be less spectacular than the change taking place on the ground. Read Full Article››
It’s a major structural change - Arun Jaitley, Business Line
India is one of the few economies in the world which has been excessively cash-dominated. A cash-dominated economy has several features, the most obvious being that the percentage of cash currency in circulation in relation to GDP is very high. In India, it was between 12 and 12.5 per cent; 86 per cent of this currency was high denominational — ?500 and ?1000. The obvious consequence of this is a tendency and an encouragement to deal more in cash. Cash becomes the lubricant and the instrument of exchange.
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Much too much of a stretch - Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar, Economic Times
The Election Commission (EC) is one of the most respected institutions in India. Its impartiality is essential to ensure that democracy is free and fair, and this has rarely been in doubt. So, it is unfortunate that the timing of the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections has raised suspicions over the EC’s impartiality. Like Caesar’s wife, the commission should not just be impartial but above suspicion. The simplest way out is to have simultaneous elections on a single day, whether in a general election or in states going to polls at roughly the same time.
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Building Gandhi’s India - M Venkaiah Naidu, Indian Express
A grateful nation paid rich tributes and celebrated the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. I would call upon every citizen to take a vow to fight various pervasive social evils like poverty, corruption, illiteracy, casteism, black money, gender discrimination, atrocities against weaker sections and the lack of sanitation and hygiene. It is a matter of concern that 70 years after Independence, the country’s progress is being hindered by such evils. Let us all strive together to realise...
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New economy for new India - Jayant Sinha, My Gov
Several articles have been written recently on the challenges facing the Indian economy. Unfortunately, these articles draw sweeping conclusions from a narrow set of facts, and quite simply miss the fundamental structural reforms that are transforming the economy. Moreover, one or two quarters of GDP growth and other macro data are quite inadequate to evaluate the long-term impact of the structural reforms underway. These structural reforms are not just desirable, they are necessary to create a ‘New India’...
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Economics of Swachh Bharat - Arun Jaitley, Times of India
As they say, no one can stop an idea whose time has come. Amidst the backdrop of a bloody world war, when violence was the order of the time, India achieved independence through non-violent civil disobedience, through Satyagraha. The entire nation rallied behind the Mahatma’s call and India achieved her independence setting an example for the world. It was an idea whose time had come. Likewise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a Swachh Bharat with universal sanitation by 2 October 2019...
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Rahul at Berkeley: A confused cacophony - Anirban Ganguly, Pioneer
Rahul Gandhi’s Berkeley speech, unlike Nehru's, was a private affair. Bereft of an element of thought, he expressed his own state of mind and that of his party's — lacking in direction and cohesion Former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s speech, delivered at the University of California, Berkeley, on October 31, 1949, was titled, ‘The age of crisis.’ One can’t help but express an interesting analogy and it is that the Congress, of which Nehru was once the patriarch...
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Cabinet reshuffle: Modi chooses performance over politics - Poornima Joshi, Business Line
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s third reshuffle of his Council of Ministers appeared an attempt to showcase ‘performance’ and ‘delivery’ over considerations of caste and politics as the country battles an economic downturn and agrarian crisis. Nine new Ministers of State made it to the Union Cabinet on Sunday, while four existing ministers — Nirmala Sitharaman, Piyush Gopal, Dharmendra Pradhan and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi — were promoted to Cabinet rank as part...
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BRICS: Towards new horizons of strategic partnership - Vladimir Putin, Times of India
The 9th Brics Summit will be held in Xiamen, China, on September 4 and 5. I consider it important in this regard to present Russia’s approaches to cooperation within the framework of this large and respected association and to share my views on the future of our further cooperation. I would like to begin by expressing our appreciation of China’s significant contribution as this year’s chair of the organisation, which has allowed the Brics countries as a group to move forward...
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Decoding Prime Minister's Independence Day speech - Rajnath Singh, Pioneer
The Prime Minister’s address from the ramparts of the Red Fort was different from the usual speeches. Modi gave a holistic view to the freedom struggle in the present-day context. India has completed 70 years since Independence and we are now in an era distinctively different on every aspect  from innovation, motivation to the direction in which the country is marching ahead. The Prime Minister’s address from the Red Fort on the historic occasion of Independence Day...
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The Nitish-BJP gathbandhan will be better for governance and growth - Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar, Economic Times
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, once seen as a possible future Prime Minister heading an anti-BJP front, has broken a million liberal hearts. He has broken the mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) with anti-BJP parties, dumped Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) as his coalition partner, and formed a new ministry with BJP support. The grand alliance lies in tatters, incapable of threatening Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the 2019 general election.
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