Monthly Archives: January 2012

Is the Indian state too small, now that the country is growing and developing? | Mihir S. Sharma in Business Standard

‘Is the Indian state too big, or too small? That seems a silly question to be asking, as the Centre struggles with a ballooning fiscal deficit; as a populist consensus takes hold of our politics, and entitlements expand massively; and as the government tightens its vice-like control over public-sector companies. The statism of the 1970s is back, bringing the stagflation of the 1970s with it, so how can the Indian state be anything but too big? … The smallness of India’s state hurts its citizens in measurable ways. There are not enough policemen, for example, only 130 per 100,000 people. (The UN norm is 220, so we are around 600,000 short, according to former home secretary G K Pillai.) Those 130 strike the 100,000, therefore, as overworked, arrogant and quite literally laws unto themselves. Nor is India’s state underweight at any one level in particular. Both low functions and high suffer. There are not enough garbage trucks. There are not enough public hospitals. There are not enough diplomats.’ (Business Standard) Continue reading

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“Late last Friday night, 23-year-old Ronnie Hazra was fast asleep at his Kalina apartment. His usually uninterrupted sleep was punctuated around 3.00 am (IST), when his mobile phone rang, shrilly and urgently. Half-awake, he reached out for the phone, and peered long enough to see that it was an international number. He immediately answered it. The caller was none other than his dear friend Rebecca Ngaihte, whom he knows from back when they were children. She was calling him from aboard the star-crossed Italian cruiser, right after it had hit the fatal rock…”

Read: http://www.mid-day.com/news/2012/jan/180112-Love-in-the-time-of-Concordia.htm

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Former Union minister Shashi Tharoor files defamation case against Sunday Indian magazine

Read: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/nation/south/shashi-tharoor-files-defamation-case-against-magazine-917

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In memory of the passing of the great photographer Homai Vyarawalla, who was born before WW1 and snapped Nehru, Mountbatten, Tito, Jackie Kennedy, Eisenhower, Chou En Lai… and many more

Read: http://blogs.outlookindia.com/default.aspx?ddm=10&pid=2705

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Nilekani or Pitroda? | ‘Now, the talk of the corridor is: why the hell Nilekani’s managers, read IAS, have failed to do the basics of inter-ministerial co-ordination? What’s more, some of his managers who got attracted to him because of the challenge and glamour associated with the project, are now looking at exit routes’

Read: http://www.babusofindia.com/2012/01/nilekanis-uid-team-vs-sam-pitrodas.html

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Aarushi murder case: Pallavi Polanki on the CBI’s chaotic and spurious allegations against Rajesh & Nupur Talwar

Read: http://www.firstpost.com/breaking-views/why-did-cbi-discard-crucial-evidence-in-aarushi-case-184640.html

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Will Pakistan’s National Accountability Bureau file a case against prime minister Gilani?

Read: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/paks-anticorruption-watchdog-may-file-case-against-gilani/900645/

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New priorities of Muslim voters in UP elections: “Muslims remain focused on increasing their numbers in the assembly while vigorously demanding reservation in education and employment … Community leaders in the Muslim-dominated western districts [are] stressing that education and employment took precedence over issues of security and justice”

Read: http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/article2806264.ece?homepage=true

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‘We did not desert sinking ship’ say Indian staff of stricken Costa Concordia: “The Indian crew members made themselves safe because if we are not safe, how can we save others? Then, we saved the lives of others”

Read: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1120117/jsp/frontpage/story_15015659.jsp

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Oprah Winfrey in a sari among Mumbai socialites and movie stars | “Delhiites like Sashi Tharoor, Tarun Tahiliani and Manav Gangawani were there too at this exclusive bash”

Read: http://fashionscandal.com/index.php/2012/01/oprah-wore-a-sari-to-parmeshwars-party/

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