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? download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: June 27, He said that he was sitting in the park when he noticed the accused taking a minor girl begging there to the tubewell room and then trying to rape her. Police raided the house, and more by freedom than tyranny, I believe future historians will look back and point to the fact that a strategic partnership was consummated between the world’s two pre-eminent democratic powers: India and the United States If we keep this vision of our relationship always uppermost in our minds there is no dispute we cannot resolve no investment in each other’s success we cannot make and nothing we cannot accomplish together McCain is a senior Republican Senator This article is excerpted from his speech last week in the US Senate For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Arvind Virmani | Published: August 25 2014 12:00 am It is Amartya Sen the nemesis of neo-liberals who would emphasise toilets as much as growth (Photo: PTI) Related News In an article in The Indian Express (‘The pragmatic PM’ August 22) Ashutosh Varshney of Brown University asserts: “It is Amartya Sen the nemesis of neo-liberals who would emphasise toilets as much as growth” This is perhaps true in the exalted world of Western academia and among many academic followers of Sen in India but not in the trenches of Yojana Bhavan North and South Block where many of these and related issues were decided It is the followers of Sen (neo-communists) who emphasised increased “private health spending” over “public health” spending on sewers and sanitation It is the “neo-communists” who emphasised “right to food” as a means of eliminating malnutrition as against sewers sanitation and toilets“Market liberals” like me have showed that the absence of these is the main cause of child malnutrition It is these neo-communists who emphasised doubling and tripling the money allocated (inputs) to standard inefficient corrupt and leaky food education and health programmes ignoring arguments on the vital need to first improve their effectiveness to achieve better outcomes A Planning Commission paper by this writer “Poverty and Hunger in India: What is Needed to Eliminate Them” (2006) analysed poverty hunger education and health indicators (in a comparative framework) and their linkage to government policy and programmes arguing that the “broad theme that emerges is that the failures on this front apart from the indirect effects of growth are linked directly to the failure of governance This failure has many dimensions; the mis-allocation of government resources the failure to follow norms of social benefit-cost analysis that were the raison d’etre for the introduction of national planning the neglect of public and quasi-public goods that are the most fundamental justification for the existence of government and a gradual (over decades) but progressive deterioration in the quality of governance This conclusion differs radically from the conventional wisdom (national and international) about India’s poverty social indicators and income distribution Even if treated as a hypothesis it merits debate and further analysis” The paper concluded that “It can be argued that the ideal (most efficient) social welfare policy is a direct transfer of income to the poor through a negative income tax In a developed country this would be very easy How can we transfer these amounts directly to the poor the needy and the disadvantaged in a poor country The answer by setting up an Indian version using a modern smart card system that delivers cash and/ or subsidies to the poor based on their entitlements as per specified parameters and norms Such a smart card could be programmed with identity (photo and biometric fingerprint) and have information on social (SC/ ST) and personal/ household characteristics Each person/ household’s entitlements could be in the form of specified subsidies for the purchase of a set of items C The set of items C could include food/ cereals kerosene midday meals nutrition supplements drinking water toilet/ sanitation services basic drugs schooling (primary/ secondary) internet access electricity and a host of other items reflecting the dozens of subsidies and programmes currently in existence The entitlement could be varied with and dependent on various economic and social handicaps such as SC-ST [status] age (infant or aged) mental handicap physical disability female head of household lactating mother chronic illness In this way all the current stakeholders special interest groups and social policies could be accommodated within a single integrated system” “Where we have failed as a nation is in improving our basic social indicators like literacy and mortality rates Much of the failure is a legacy of the three decades of Indian socialism (till 1979-80) The rate of improvement of most indicators has accelerated during the market period (starting 1980-81) The gap between our level and that of global benchmarks is still wide and our global ranking on most of these social parameters remains very poor This is the result of government failure Government overstretch misplaced priorities and deteriorating quality (corruption) has resulted in a failure to fulfil the traditional accepted functions of government like public safety and security universal literacy and primary education public health education (superstition and quackery) provision of drinkable water sanitation drains and sewage facilities public health (infectious and epidemic diseases) building roads and creating and disseminating agricultural technology Consequently the improvement in social indicators has not kept pace with economic growth and poverty decline and has led to increasing interstate disparities in growth and poverty” A presentation of this paper to members and advisors in the Planning Commission was scheduled and cancelled several times because of the unavailability of “certain” Planning Commission members and never took place because of their active discouragement Apparently the “neo-communists” thought it was too dangerous to even present the comparative data on hunger health and education or discuss it The writer is a former IMF executive director and former chief economic advisor ministry of finance He was involved in many of the economic reforms from 1991 to 2009 For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Abhishek Angad | New Delhi | Published: May 22 2017 3:57 am The spot where Thomas 18 was electrocuted Praveen Khanna Top News In two separate incidents in the city two persons — an 18-year-old boy and a 50-year-old man — lost their lives after being electrocuted on Sunday The first incident took place around 6 pm in Dilshad Garden when 18-year-old Robin Thomas passing through a waterlogged road in Block A slipped and fell into the water surging with electricity Police said that a live wire had fallen on the road during the dust storm that preceded the rain Police said the boy died within 10 minutes of falling on the waterlogged road and was declared brought dead at GTB Hospital Legal action is being initiated police said An eyewitness to the incident Sanjay said three boys had entered Gate 1 of Block A after a football match and had stopped in front of a sweets shop Soon after all three of them stepped into the waterlogged road “It appeared that all of them got jolted by electricity One of them ran to the right another one ran to the left But Thomas got stuck in the mud slipped and fell on the live wire lying on the road It took 10 minutes for the wire to be pulled out” he said D P Sharma the RWA president said there are a lot of trees with live wires hanging from them in the area “We have told the authorities to trim the branches regularly but they don’t pay heed When the boy fell on the waterlogged road he started shivering A few people pulled the wire out with the help of a string He was rushed to the hospital” Thomas was a resident of Pocket E of GTB Enclave His mother works as a nurse In another incident a 50-year-old man died due to electrocution in north Delhi Police said the man died after he came in contact with a live wire at a cycle market on Esplanade Road Police said the body has been shifted to Sabzi Mandi mortuary For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Top NewsOn 24 February a day after the violent assault by members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) at Ramjas College in Delhi University (DU)’s North Campus Prakash Javadekar the Union Minister of Human Resource Development (HRD) delivered a blunt statement to the media on being quizzed about his ministry’s passivity "How can we [Ministry of HRD (MHRD)] intervene They are an autonomous university Police will investigate and take required action Nobody. neither the university college administration nor the students have approached us for help so far” Javadekar who took over from Smriti Irani as the HRD minister in July 2016 said in response to a query from the media Javadekar’s non-interventionist stance has drawn stark resentment owing to his top executive position in the country’s highest decision-making body on education His neutrality which is being widely perceived as ‘silence’ has clearly not gone down well in large quarters of the media and civil society While it might seem natural and perhaps essential to seek accountability from the Union Ministry of Education for a breach of order inside a state-funded university campus Javadekar’s statement has a rather polarising context to it When Javadekar stated that the MHRD cannot intervene in the affairs of an autonomous university he was not entirely wrong If we correspond the mandate of the ministry with the nature of the events that transpired on campus there seems to be a clear contravention What happened in and around Ramjas was essentially a law-and-order incident rooted in the forceful negation of constitutionally-guaranteed rights Neither of these two components fall under the actionable mandate of MHRD Thus in this case the ministry cannot step in unless a specific request comes from the university authorities The body that is accorded with the legitimate authority to deal with a law-and-order situation is the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) This is of greater relevance here because the MHA also controls the Delhi Police unlike in other states where the state government is in charge Hence in this case the positions taken by Rajnath Singh (Union Minister of Home Affairs) and Kiren Rijiju (Minister of State for Home Affairs) hold far greater weightage than Javadekar’s at least in immediate terms Students of Delhi University JNU and Jamia during their protest march against ABVP at Delhi University North Campus in New Delhi on Tuesday PTI However in the past three years of the BJP-led government the MHRD has gained infamy for invading the autonomy of central universities through arbitrary use of executive authority In fact it is now seen as one of the most interventionist ministries in the administration There is no denying of the fact is that the current government through the MHRD has indeed tinkered with mandates by invading into the autonomous space of India’s state-funded universities Besides political agenda-setting (like appointing Vice Chancellors from a particular ideological strand) the MHRD has initiated direct intrusive action on more than one occasion under the leadership of Javadekar’s predecessor Smriti Irani The University of Hyderabad (UoH) protests centred around the suicide of PhD scholar Rohit Vemula dealt the biggest blow to Irani following which the MHRD became all but synonymous to partisan policy-making and belligerent politicking in the eyes of many She was subsequently accused of unduly intervening on matters that were beyond the MHRD’s direct mandate With no refuting it was only during her tenure that the MHRD’s reputation reached a new low in decades Not just in UoH the MHRD has barged into the autonomous university space on many other instances In May 2015 it directed the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) to take punitive action against the Ambedkar-Periyar Study Circle for "creating hatred atmosphere among the students" In October 2015 students from across the country accused the MHRD of dictating terms to the University Grants Commission (UGC) – an autonomous body – when the latter abruptly scrapped the non-NET fellowships Javadekar himself has not been a puritan in terms of providing a politically-agnostic public service setup In August 2016 under his leadership the MHRD issued a directive to the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) to organise “mass recitation of the national anthem by all students” (among other lavish ‘patriotic events’) on the eve of Independence Day With the obvious intent of infusing a top-down form of nationalism into a university known for its anti-establishment fervour the MHRD’s instructions were hardly cryptic However Javadekar’s stint so far tells us one thing —that he is far more cautious and calculative than his predecessor But he is different from Irani perhaps only insofar as his PR posturing is concerned By emphasising on the limited mandate of MHRD in context of the Ramjas violence Javadekar has successfully preserved the BJP’s ideological line for now while conducting himself as a minister who understands the limits of his executive authority “Its actually good that MHRD understands its power well It could have intervened and easily supported its ideological student wing over others But it understands the system which gives DU powers to take this up independently We need to understand that MHRD can’t intervene until there is a written communication for the same” argues Ravish Rana Youth Political Advisor to the Dais Foundation an education management organisation In light of the above one glaring question still remains —should Javadekar (and MHRD) actively intervene in the Ramjas episode One could argue from both sides While a cursory statement from the HRD minister could serve well to reassure the aggrieved masses it remains largely unnecessary and more importantly a red herring To follow the protocolary line three entities are far more accountable at this moment – the Principal of Ramjas College (who retired two days after the incident) the Vice Chancellor of DU and of course the MHA While we already have statements from MHA the other two have refused to provide any remark whatsoever The MHRD rationally speaking cannot and should not be held accountable for issues at the ground level This is simply because of the structural hierarchy in the executive setup which gives greater authority of administration of college campuses to frontline positions like Principals and VCs "The bottom line is that the Principal (of Ramjas) the VC and Proctor (of DU) did not stand up for the students of the very institutions under their charge Do we expect the MHRD to start intervening in every squabble in central universities all over India Will you ask them to intervene in clashes between Samajwadi Party and NSUI members in Allahabad (University)" asks Saib Bilaval an M Phil student of modern Indian history at JNU Besides hierarchal realities it is also difficult to gauge if an affirmative statement from Javadekar would have a substantial impact on the collective psyche of the affected people "There is no requirement of lip service condemnation if it doesn’t result in a visible change Historically there has been no student connect with the (HRD) ministry and barely any interaction A statement from HRD would hardly be able to pacify any group" argues Anuj Aggarwal former spokesperson for Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) However realities and experiences of democratic systems tell us that public perception usually disregards embedded structures of governance The standard tendency – of both the civil society and the media – is to see the government ‘as a whole’ rather than an aggregation of different portfolios This becomes truer in cases of single-party majorities that too when the ruling party carries an all-encompassing ideology Hence there are many who believe that Javadekar’s tepid statement amounts to institutional complicity and support for the despicable hooliganism unleashed by ABVP – the student wing of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) widely regarded as the sociocultural fountainhead of the BJP “The HRD minister invoking autonomy of DU to maintain a stoic silence on the rampaging ABVP cadres is his way of getting the message across to his party’s student wing that they are being given a free hand A minister more sensitive than him would have by now visited the university and assured safety to students and faculty who are under grave threat A teacher has landed in the hospital students are terrified threats are being given out openly a young woman has been terrorised with rape threats and our Minister responsible for the university invoking autonomy sounds like someone shirking responsibility or worse supporting the violence” argues renowned documentary filmmaker and Ramjas alumnus Rahul Roy "While the overall frequency of MHRD’s interference might have gone down the reluctance of the government to reign in ABVP – a student organisation affiliated to the Sangh – is only indicative of how it is being used by the government to arm-twist academicians and students into toeing the official line" says Niharika Tagotra a Delhi-based political and strategic analyst Some others believe that the MHRD can serve to provide a bare minimum of assurance within reasonable limits of mandate "The MHRD if at all must guarantee that the college be allowed to exercise its autonomy of holding an event on its premises ‘Neutrality’ is also not saying much because by saying “I will not comment” you are inherently saying that what happened last week was alright” says Pradyumna Jairam a Ramjas alumnus and currently a PhD scholar at King College’s India Institute in London The case is reasonable if not absolute on both ends While Javadekar’s passivity over the issue is in strict adherence to his ministry’s mandate his party affiliations dilute his credence in the eyes of many With Smriti Irani’s brash actions still fresh in the minds of those concerned about autonomy of universities in India Javadekar will find it immensely difficult to re-posture MHRD’s position in the public discourse If at all Javadekar’s statement and the reaction to it validate a single patently obvious point – democracy is more than just state structures It is a fluid mix of objective realties and subjective perceptions and ignoring any one could result in a crisis of leadership But I made sure that I get their (policemen) mannerisms correct right from holding guns to how they stand and behave in front of their seniors. has said the real-life encounter of gangster Maya Dolas in Mumbai is recreated on small screen in the show." 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