Amit Sengupta, October 5,2013
A recent notification, dated September 25, 2013, by the ministry of personnel of the government of India is virtually a vote of no-confidence on India’s health system. The notification amends existing laws regarding entitlements available to senior government officials to receive treatment abroad for what are identified as ‘complex’ medical conditions. The amended rules make it easier for such treatment and the government also takes upon itself the responsibility to pay all the medical costs as well as the travel and related costs of the patient and an attendant.
Newsclick India, October 4,2013
Speaking on Energy, Oil and Geopolitics at a panel discussion on “ Idea of India: A People's Agenda” oganised by the Centre for Policy Analysis in New Delhi, Mani Shankar Aiyar says the equivalent of coal and iron ore in the 21st century is oil and gas. He emphasises on building an Asian Oil and Gas Community and says the sense that the gas present in this region has to be used by the countries of the region, is largely absent from the diplomacy of the countries of Asia. Aiyer says India let the oil diplomacy wither on the vine by getting involved with the geopolitics of others. The most tangible manifestation was to be the Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline.
Newsclick Production, August 13, 2013
The question of growth vs development is in focus again, with the recent Amartya Sen–Jagdish Bhagwati debates regarding development vs growth and Kerala model vs Gujarat model. Newsclick discusses this question with Surajit Mazumdar, Professor at the School of Liberal Studies, Ambedkar University, Delhi. Mazumdar says growth does not automatically translate into development and that the idea of trickle down effect of growth has been discredited many decades ago. He feels that with the rise of neo-liberalism, the old view, 'all one needs to ensure is growth and development will follow', has seen a revival. But the historical experience earlier and even now shows this is not true. Mazumdar emphasises on the role of the State to re-distribute the fruits of growth.
Newsclick Production, August 8, 2013
The UPA government has recently declared that anyone earning over Rs 27 in rural India and Rs 33 in urban India is to be considered as living above the poverty line. The Congress party leaders have taken a step further and commented that one could easily get a meal for Rs 5, Rs 12 etc. Newsclick discusses these figures and their economic implications with Dr. Smitha Gupta, Economist at the Institute of Human Development.
Newsclick Production, July 13, 2013
Narendra Modi's elevation as the Chairman of the BJP’s Election Campaign Committee for 2014 General Elections is seen as a gamble which will not pay the BJP. It poses a serious challenge to communal harmony and peace in the country. This elevation will make it difficult for the BJP to have electoral alliances with other political parties. The party has damaged its own prospects. D Raghunandan discusses with Anil Mishra, senior political analyst and commentator, the fallouts of Modi's elevation.
Seema Mustafa, July 6, 2013
It is really difficult to understand why South Asia continues to reel under a colonial hangover. For there can be no other explanation for the manner in which South Asian governments succumb to the new colonialists, the United States and its allies, on each and every issue.
Newsclick Production, April 29, 2013
Newsclick discusses the 2G Scam and the JPC Report, rather Chacko's Report with Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, eminent journalist and Prabir Purkayastha from Delhi Science Forum. One wonders how the Report gave a clean chit to the Prime Minister by saying that he was mis-led, when it is very clear from what is available in the public domain that Mr. Raja had, at every step, told the PM what he was going to do. A scarce and finite resource like spectrum, which belongs to the people of this country has been bartered away favouring a priviledged few and causing immense loss to the people at large, by subverting the rules and regulations. The UPA Government has failed to perform its duty as a fair and transparent custodian of these resources which are the property of the nation.
Vijay Prashad, April 6, 2013
At one end of Delhi, in the verdant campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University, scholars gathered to update one another on the current trends in Historical Materialism.
Amit Sengupta, April 4, 2013
On 26th December 2004 the then UPA-I Government promulgated an ordinance -- The Patents (Amendment) Ordinance, 2004.
G. Mamatha, March 21, 2013
The Sangharsh Sandesh Jathas organised by the CPI(M) concluded with a big public meeting held at the Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi on March 19.