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Indian Railways : Heading Towards Privatisation….?

Posted by - November 25, 2019

Tukoji R.Pandit Much as the government may deny it there are enough reasons to believe that it has marked Indian Railways for privatisation. The process may not be completed in a hurry but once it starts in earnest it may be difficult to stop it. The temptation of huge cash flow by selling the enormous

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Human Resource Development Ministry Launches Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0

Posted by - May 31, 2018

750 Higher Education Institutions to get together for Development of Rural India Human Resource Development Ministry has launched Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0 in New Delhi. Addressing the launching ceremony at AICTE headquarters through video message, Minister of Human Resource Development Shri Prakash Javadekar said that the students are the real agents of change who can

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Smriti’s Homily To Caged DD and AIR

Posted by - April 19, 2018

Tushar Charan The pugnacious Information and Broadcasting minister, Smriti Irani, has asked the public broadcaster Doordarshan to ‘improve’ its contents to be competitive. She needs to understand that before producing more watchable programmes, DD has to be given genuine freedom—autonomy that actually it is supposed to enjoy under the Prasar Bharati Act. As a ‘caged

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Signs of Desperation!

Posted by - December 4, 2017

Tukoji R Pandit Of late, there is a stepped up shrill cries of desperation emanating from the BJP.  There is a competition in painting opponents in dark colours, questioning their patriotism, hurling cheap jibes. Whatever anyone speaks against the ruling party charges of ‘traitor’ follow thick and fast and everything said in criticism is denounced

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Job Creation: A Priority of Government in Independent India

Posted by - September 4, 2017

K R Sudhaman Father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi often used to say that India lived in its six lakh villages spread over length and breadth of the country. So no government in independent India can ignore this fact and hence job creation has been central theme of economic policy of all governments. Right from

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Gujarat, Hindutva Holy Cows

Posted by - August 1, 2017

Suman Ghosh, the maker of a documentary on Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen may need to thank Pahlaj Nihalani, chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC), for making his work known to a world-wide audience by ordering that six words be beeped out from it. Without it, the documentary, the Argumentative Indian, might not

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Protecting Language Diversity in India

Posted by - March 5, 2017

India is one of unique countries in the world that has the legacy of diversity of languages. The Constitution of India has recognised 22 official languages. Multilingualism is the way of life in India as people in different parts of the country speak more than one language from their birth and learns additional languages during

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Swachh Bharat Mission: The Road Ahead

Posted by - February 5, 2017

Two incidents from the South African years of Mahatma Gandhi stand out distinctly. The first is the worst kind of racial discrimination that he suffered on the first class compartment of a train. He was heckled and thrown out of the train by a snobbish European at Pietermaritzburg station. The second is related to cleanliness

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Safety and Security of Women Passengers in Railways

Posted by - January 5, 2017

Policing on Railways being a State subject, prevention of crime, registration of cases, their investigation and maintenance of law and order in Railway premises as well as on running trains are the statutory responsibility of the State Governments, which they discharge through Government Railway Police (GRP). However, Railway Protection Force (RPF) supplements the efforts of

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India’s English Advantage is Slipping

Posted by - December 1, 2016

By: Tushar Charan Teaching and studying of the English language is widely believed to be the major factor in India’s impressive presence in the IT world. A good many Indians speak the language fluently and many have made a mark writing in that ‘foreign’ language. But with the current political thrust bent upon discrediting the

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