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1.Way to get back on board.

In February 2014, when the Chinese government first brought up with India its plans for the Belt and Road (B&R) Initiative, four months after President Xi Jinping had unveiled the idea in Kazakhstan, it seemed an unworkable, ambitious pipe dream.  read more

2.Superpower dreams.

India’s rank of 131 among 188 countries on the UNDP’s Human Development Index for 2015 and its ‘medium’ performance pose the uncomfortable question: would not the score have been significantly better if the higher economic growth trajectory of two and a half decades of liberalisation had been accompanied by a parallel investment in people? read more

3.Breathing life into health care.

The new National Health Policy is promising, but it needs stronger Centre-State coordination

The new National Health Policy (2017) released last week presents a clear vision of how India’s sluggish health system can be galvanised to deliver health and well-being to all by 2030,

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4.Bankruptcy board spells out ‘eligibility’.

Entities will have to form a separate subsidiary with dedicated resources related to insolvency

The first order issued by the recently-established Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) is expected to set in motion a chain of events at many firms, including well-known consultancies that are eyeing the huge market for stressed assets and debt resolution.

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1.Break The Stalemate.
Here’s how a Uniform Civil Code can be introduced without coercing minorities
Given the unequivocal stand of the Narendra Modi government in its submissions to the apex court, it is very likely that the Supreme Court will outlaw triple talaq. However, this will not bring BJP any closer to its manifesto promise of introducing the Uniform Civil Code (UCC).

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1.The demise of Democracy?

A constitutional democracy like India subsumes a diversity of voices in its political process. A wide spectrum of ideas competing for popular acceptance should be at the core of a democracy. The Indian version of democracy, however, violates this basic idea by banning some political ideologies. The ban then leads to criminalising people associated with those ideologies. By defining some political views out of the democratic process, the state sets up the first basis for undermining its own democratic credentials.  read more

2.SC pulls up states for failing to bring in Food Security Act.

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday summoned the Chief Secretaries of nine drought-affected states for failing to implement the National Food Security Act (NFSA).  read more

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