Month: September 2012


September 23, 2012

This issue of FDI in retail once occasioned sharp exchanges between BJP and Congress when the NDA Government was in office. This happened on December 16, 2002.   A leading Congress M.P., Shri Priya Ranjan Dasmunshi, referred to an Economic Times article which had written that on the issue of FDI in retail, the Planning Commission in its draft document of the Tenth Plan had affirmed that FDI was required in this sector, Dasmunshi said that through bureaucrats, “multinational retailers are continuously putting pressure on the Government to take this anti-national decision of allowing foreign direct investment in the retail trade.”

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दो उपलब्धियां, एक अपेक्षा

September 16, 2012

सन् 1992 में, प्रसिध्द अमेरिकी राजनीतिक विज्ञानी फ्रांसिस फ्युकुयमा ने एक पुस्तक लिखी थी ”दि एण्ड ऑफ हिस्ट्री एण्ड दि लास्ट मैंन”। फ्युकुयमा का तर्क था कि नब्बे के दशक के अंत में दुनियाभर में उदार लोकतंत्रों का प्रसार मानवता के सामाजिक-आर्थिक मूल्यांकन का अंतिम बिन्दु है। मुख्य रुप से वह कम्युनिज्म के पतन का संदर्भ दे रहे थे। इसे इतिहास का अंत कहना शायद अतिश्याक्ति हो। लेकिन 1989 में बर्लिन दीवार का

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September 15, 2012

India has been independent now for sixty five years. I have always regarded the Emergency period 1975-77 as the worst in so far as suppression of civil liberties and freedom of expression were concerned.   But seeing what has happened to political cartoonist and anti-corruption crusader Aseem Trivedi, I have started wondering: Is today’s political set up worse even than the emergency? Aseem Trivedi has been arrested, and charged with sedition, an offence punishable with life imprisonment! Trivedi’s sin is that during the Anna movement he published some cartoons which Government regarded as offensive.  Trivedi was arrested in Mumbai last week for cartoons he had drawn and displayed in November .

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