Category Archives: Society

Is Delhi Sustainable?

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Today Delhi has become a living testimony to mass (teeming population), misery (in the name of development)and mockery (of planning)!

My article published in Maharashtra based newspaper Lokmat times highlighting the urgent need to rescue Delhi from this man-made crisis: Is Delhi Sustainable?

Link to my article: http://epaper.lokmat.com/lokmattimes/newsview.aspx?eddate=03/04/2015&pageno=6&edition=71&prntid=29216&bxid=27384466&pgno=6

Reality not rosy for US blacks

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On the outside, the US has turned the page on its history of racial discrimination. The world’s oldest democracy currently has its first ever African American President in Barack Obama. But the ground reality is far from rosy.

As  USA celebrates February as African American History Month, my analysis published on February 20, 2015 in the Chandigarh and Delhi-based Newspaper “Daily Post”: Reality not rosy for US blacks

http://epaper.dailypostindia.com/Details.aspx?id=125213&boxid=59182&uid&dat=2015-02-20

सपनों के देश में यह कैसा अंधेरा ?

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पिछली दो शताब्दियों में अमेरिका ने सभी क्षेत्रों में अभूतपूर्व विकास किया है, पर अपने समाज में श्वेत-अश्वेत के बीच नस्ली भेदभाव की खाई पाटने में पूरी तरह कामयाब नहीं हो पाया है। आज जब वह खुद को विश्व नेता के रूप में स्थापित करना चाहता है, तब उसे अपने घर में फैली नस्ली असमानता मिटाने पर गंभीरता से ध्यान देना चाहिए। इन दिनों अमेरिका में ‘अफ्रीकन अमेरिकन हिस्ट्री मंथ’ मनाया जा रहा है।19 फरवरी, 2015 के नवभारत टाइम्स समाचारपत्र में प्रकाशित मेरा लेख – सपनों के देश में यह कैसा अंधेरा:

http://epaper.navbharattimes.com/details/24870-56805-1.html

NRIs’ Date with Indian Politics

Please take a look at my article that was published today (Nov. 27, 2014) in the Chandigarh and Delhi-based Newspaper “Daily Post“. The article narrates how Non Resident Indians are inclined to participate in Indian politics and how Indian political parties are also reaching out to them via their foreign chapters.

Here is the web-link: http://goo.gl/2K6Zly

Daily Post Nov 27 2014 NRI politics

 

फर्गुसन में नस्लवाद के दंगे

फर्गुसन, अमेरिका में दंगो पर मेरा डिस्पैच आज के “नवोदय टाइम्स”, दिल्ली समाचार पत्र में.

Link: http://epaper.navodayatimes.in/382770/The-Navodaya-Times-Main/Navodaya-Times-Main?show=touch#page/11/1

Navodya Times Nov 26 2014 Ferguson

 

Come, Let’s recycle!

Recycling reduces pollution, saves energy and resources. It is an important tool in the waste management. In USA, as much as 34 % municipal solid waste (MSD) is recycled. In India, recycling happens, but in an unstructured manner, viz. rag pickers, etc play important role in that. Here is my article on “Recycling and solid waste management” published today (Nov. 17,2014) in a Delhi-based daily The Political & Business Daily.

PBD Nov 17 2014 Recycling

Political leaning of Indians in USA

Mid-term election just concluded in USA. The result: Republicans swung back and are now in a clear majority in the Congress. This has made life difficult for (the Democrat) President Obama who has been reduced to a lame duck status for remainder of his term. Well, do Indians in USA favor Democrats or Republicans? Here is my article on this topic published in the Political & Business Daily newspaper, published from Delhi.

PBD Nov. 10 2014. Why Indians Democrats

Austerity Drive is like a make-up

Recently, Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi announced that his government will bring in austerity measures for his Ministers and bureaucrats. This is a right step by the Prime Minister and I welcome the decision. But the real economic growth will happen if the Modi govt. focuses on curbing the mammoth corruption that is eating the very foundation of Indian democracy, nabbing black marketeers (they run a parallel economy in India) and by bringing reforms that lead to better governance with more transparency. Create a pro- business environment that stimulates economy. By austerity measures, no doubt, the nation will save some money, but this is peanuts compared to the crooks and criminals milking the system under political patronage. Austerity to me looks like a facial make up! The real glow on face would come only if the circulation of the body increases so that it vitalizes the whole body. In other words, treat the root cause and not merely symptoms!

Ram, Teri Ganga maili! (राम, तेरी गंगा मैली!)

This issue reverberated in news-papers today. Shocking revelations in an RTI query!

As Narendra Modi Govt took over the reins of free India a few months back, Integrated Ganga Conservation Mission called ‘Namami Gange’ was announced by the BJP-led government with much fan fare with an initial sum of Rs 2,037 crore allocated in the Union Budget for 2014-15. Let us be aware, the issue of purification of Ganga Maa is very close to the heart of Shri Narendra Modi and I truly appreciate it.
An RTI query has some shocking revelations about a meeting held by National Mission for Clean Ganga at Vigyan Bhawan in Delhi. Whopping sum of Rs 43.85 Lacs has been spent on just the aforesaid meeting!
The money spent on the meetings and accommodation of guests coming for the meeting was approximately Rs 26.7 Lacs, and on publicity it was Rs 5.1 Lacs.
The biggest shocker is the amount spent by the government on floral decorations equaling Rs 75000! Rs 2.3 Lacs were spent on miscellaneous expenses.
Is this not a DISGRACEFUL waste of tax-payer’s money and a déjà-vu of UPA’s austerity drive?