Category Archives: Column English

Nelson Mandela still relevant in this world

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 Today’s edition of The Pioneer carried my piece on Nelson Mandela: Nelson Mandela still relevant in the world.

July 18 is observed as The Nelson Mandela Day. Though Mandela is often compared with other great leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Junior, his approach widely differed from these two leaders.

Here is the link to full article: http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/oped/nelson-mandela-still-relevant-in-this-world.html

Drop Pen and paper: Go Online!

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My article: ‘DROP PEN AND PAPER. GO ONLINE’  highlighting the need for on-line examinations was published today, July 14,2015 in The Pioneer newspaper.

To read the full article please visit:  http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/oped/drop-pen-and-paper-go-online.html

                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                              

Looking beyond the land boundary deal

Oped section of The Pioneer, dated June 15 carried my write-up highlighting the issue of illegal immigrants in India from Bangladesh: Looking beyond the land boundary deal

Narendra Modi has done well on the land deal with Bangladesh. But he has ignored the issue of illegal migration. The need is for infiltration-proof borders.

Link to the full article: http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/oped/looking-beyond-the-land-boundary-deal.html

Give Chhotu’s childhood back to him

June 12 was the World day against child labour.

Please read my piece published in Business Standard: Give Chhotu’s childhood back to him

According to the 2001 census, India is home to over 1.26 crore working children who are in the age group of 5 to 14 years. Just to put this into perspective, this number is higher than the entire population of Belgium!

Link to the write up:  http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/give-chhotu-s-childhood-back-to-him-june-12-is-world-day-against-child-labour-115061000797_1.html

Incentivise positives or punish negatives?

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Op-ed section in The Pioneer carried my analysis on Gujarat’s decision to make voting in upcoming  local elections compulsory:  Incentivise positives or punish negatives

Link to the full article: http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/oped/incentivise-positives-or-punish-negatives.html

The Estonia example for Delhi

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The Pioneer‘ newspaper published my piece on how Estonia’s e-governance model can be emulated to make Delhi paperless.

Estonia boasts of rapid Internet connections at over 1,000 public places across the country. Most of these places provide free of cost Wi-Fi. This has resulted into use of Internet for many daily activities. In Estonia, close to 98 per cent banking transactions and 94 per cent of income tax declarations took place through the Internet in 2012. The Government’s expenditures can be tracked in real time by anyone using the Internet.

Such measures seem reminiscent of the Aam Aadmi Party’s working, which allows anyone to view the donations made to the party or know of recent decisions to upload land titles online for public viewing.

To read the full article, please click the link:  http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/oped/the-estonia-example-for-delhi.html

AAP’s nabbing 100 days

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The Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government completed 100 days in office on May 24, 2015.

Political parties in India have a simple rule: Come to power, enjoy for four years, fulfil a couple of promises listed in their manifesto at the onset of the fifth year and reel out a make a new manifesto with same points for the next election. So when AAP got down to work from the very first day, it raised many eyebrows.

My article published on May 24, 2015 in Daily Post on Aam Aadmi Party’s achievements in its 100 days of rule in Delhi.

The Link: http://epaper.dailypostindia.com/Details.aspx?id=131793&boxid=59160&uid&dat=2015-05-25

The Man Who Dreamt

 

Like Gandhi, King used his religious conviction and belief in non-violence to champion his cause. He transformed himself in to voice that appealed to the conscience of whites. He took a philosophical stand that “in the final analysis, the white man cannot ignore the Negro problem, because he is part of the Negro and the Negro is a part of him. The Negro’s agony diminishes the white man, and the Negro’s salvation enlarges the white man.”

On the occasion of Marti Luther King Day, my piece published in Bangladesh daily, ‘The Daily Star dated January 19, 2015 : The Man Who Dreamt

 

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To read the full article please click on the web link: http://epaper.thedailystar.net/index.php?opt=view&page=7&date=2015-01-19

 

Delhi versus Washington DC: Why we must let Federalism win

“A true ‘Swaraj’ will only prevail in Delhi when power is vested in the elected representatives. Let us not asphyxiate the principle of federalism by procrastinating the issue of Delhi statehood.”

My blog article published on February 2, 2015 in The Indian Express highlighting the need for full statehood for Delhi: Delhi versus Washington DC: Why we must let Federalism win

To read the full article please visit: http://indianexpress.com/article/blogs/delhi-versus-washington-dc-why-we-must-let-federalism-win/

TEACHING THE SCIENCE OF THE SOUL

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Building on Swami Vivekananda’s legacy, Paramahansa Yogananda was instrumental in popularising yoga in the West. So relevant are his teachings today that yoga studios are now as common as coffee shops in America

My piece in “The Pioneer” dated January 6, 2015 : Teaching the science of the soul. 

To read the full article, please visit :http://archive.dailypioneer.com/columnists/oped/teaching-the-science-of-the-soul.html