Friday, June 23, 2017
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For the love of game
Hyper-nationalism associated with cricket is misplaced and reduces the value of the sport
The response to the fantastic victory of Pakistan in the finals of International Cricket Championship (ICC) trophy on Sunday within the sub-continent was as usual something that eluded sportsman spirit. While Pakistanis went euphoric with celebration, some firing shot in air in maddening frenzy, injuring children; in India even the media went into deep mourning with the news of the match reduced to a corner of the page and Indian victory in hockey, which is not as popular a game, dominating the pages. In Kashmir, young boys burst crackers to rejoice the defeat of the Indian cricket team and raised slogans to irritate the security and para-military forces. While cricket is raised to the highest pedestal of patriotism, the game itself is reduced to war which defies the spirit of sports. One...
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End violence in Darjeeling
Along with the dialogue process to resolve the crisis, steps should also be taken to empower Gorkhaland Territorial Administration
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s call to initiate a broad-based dialogue process for bringing to an end the violence and agitation in Darjeeling Hills of West Bengal is a welcome announcement. But this announcement is an anti-thesis of the NDA-government, which does not believe in resolving the vexed issues in Kashmir and almost all the North Eastern states of the country. This is despite the fact that all contentious issues around the world have been resolved through a dialogue process. Even the countries which have been at war with each other in various parts of the world have ultimately realized the futility of the conflict and negotiated all issues by sitting the table. Unfortunately, the members of the Sangh Parivar, who are ruling the roost in the corridors of power at the centre...
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Survey on employment trends
Better methods should be adopted by the government to track employment data necessary for meaningful policy responses
The NDA-government's embarking on a field work to compile a new Periodic Labour Force Survey to take stock of the employment trends speedily in order to collect data on quarterly and annual basis on the overall employment scene is unlikely to solve the purpose for which this is being conducted. Moreover, publication of annual dossiers on such trends from the market is not in line with the survey which will bring forth the data required by the policy planners of the country. This is also true in a sense that more than 80 percent of the workforce is employed in the informal sector with no contractual rights and their figures are unlikely to be included in such surveys. Apart from this, the workforce employed informally is migratory in nature and keep on moving from one place to another acro...
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Lesson from Achabal tragedy
Investigating the incident is important but targeting perpetrators should not be the sole goal
The gruesome killing of six Jammu and Kashmir policemen reportedly in an ambush by militants in Achabal on Friday has rightly evoked widespread shock, horror and condemnation. But it is important to move beyond the emotions of grief and sympathy and process the Kashmir situation in its entirety. Friday's incident is only a part of the larger landscape and needs to be scrutinised and assessed in the larger context of unaddressed alienation of the people, militarization of civilian space and the brutal repression; the push such a scenario has given to militancy and the increasing frustration that eludes a sense of fear of death and keeps violence in constant propelling mode. The police on Saturday vowed to hunt down the killers of the six cops including an SHO. For the police it is a major ...
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Clear the mist over GST
J&K government should have taken all political parties on board before the special session of legislature on implementation of GST
PDP-BJP coalition government appears to have landed in a piquant situation by adjourning the legislature session, which was called specially to debate implementation of GST in Jammu and Kashmir, under pressure from the opposition parties and the traders. The special session was adjourned sine die much to the embarrassment of the state government on this important issue because of the special status that J&K enjoys under Article 370 of Constitution of India. It was only on Saturday morning that the Business Advisory Committee (BAC), which was attended by all the political parties, it was decided to form a panel to sort out the differences that cropped up for extension of GST to J&K. Now that the state government had to find a way out and escape route that the committee has been asked to su...
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EC's undemocratic proposal
The proposal mooted by the Election Commission seeking contempt powers for itself is not only alarming but also undemocratic
In a functional democratic set up that is evolving with the participation of the people around the world, there cannot be permanent laws in response to transient trends, especially to create a power that is open to abuse. The Election Commission of India's proposal to the Law Ministry that it be armed with the power to punish for contempt is an unwarranted and poorly thought-out response to some strident accusations of partisan functioning, mainly from political parties that had lost in the electoral arena. In fact, such proposal are fraught with dangers of abuse of authority and are not acceptable in a democratic system where people have every right to question the laws that should change with the passage of time. With democratic practices evolving over time, even the power to punish for...
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Rot in farm produce
The centre has to address the issue of bad debts and enable a sustainable price discovery for agricultural produce
The NDA-government does not appear to be serious in tackling the problems of the farmers in the country particularly the bad debts and sustainable prices for the agriculture produce. In fact, the stop gap arrangement made by some of the state governments in different parts of the country is unlikely to solve the difficulties faced by the farmers. The initiative taken by the Uttar Pradesh government in waiving off the loans of the small and marginal farmers may be simplistic, but the farmers in other states have begun agitation for loan waivers. The knee jerk decisions of the states are unlikely to address the larger issue of bad debts and low prices of agriculture produce. In Tamil Nadu, the farmers have given the state government two months to meet their demand for a full waiver or face ...
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