A list of columns and interviews that you should read this weekend
GN Bureau | July 23, 2016
25 years of economic reforms
You can see them around you all the time. They cut across geography, gender, caste, class, community and religion. Almost all of them have tell-tale signs – they are young, generally between 13 and 25 years; they own swanky smartphones; wear weird but smart clothes; have similar hairstyles, and; walk with a swagger that says that they own the world. These are the Children of Reforms, whose lifestyles, mindset, and attitudes are shaped by the impact and consequences of the giant economic reforms unleashed in India 25 years ago. This is why the real way to understand the impact of reforms is through these post-reforms children.
READ: Children of Reforms
The bearded and affable Prabhat Patnaik, a Marxist economist, taught at Jawaharlal Nehru University from 1974 until his retirement in 2010. A Rhodes scholar, he has authored several books including Time, Inflation and Growth as well as Economics and Egalitarianism. He spoke about why India hasn’t changed for the better after 1991.
READ INTERVIEW: I believe the neoliberal regime is also reaching a dead end: Prabhat Patnaik
Yashwant Sinha has a critical role in the story of India’s economic reforms. It was he who was at the helm when the economy was in the worst crisis, keeping the vigil before the dawn of the reforms. In his second innings, it was again he who dispelled the speculations of the continuity of reforms when the NDA came to power after an interval of political instability.
READ INTERVIEW: “If I was not forced to present an interim budget I would’ve also made the same speech”
Gujarat Dalit Protests
At least a dozen youngsters from scheduled caste (SC) communities have attempted suicide this week in various small towns in Saurashtra region of Gujarat, protesting against the state government’s alleged inaction after a group of SC men were attacked for skinning dead cows earlier this month. For the Anandiben Patel government, this opens up yet another social division when the Patel community is on warpath demanding job quotas.
READ: In Anandiben’s Gujarat, dalits are lining up to die
Violence in Kashmir
Burhan Wani was just like any other youngster who loved to spend time on the social media. But, there was a sinister, dark side to him. He joined the ranks of terrorists and became the Hizbul Mujahideen commander. He was killed on July 8, triggering violence that has savaged Kashmir for the past fortnight.
READ COLUMN: Can’t you see that my beloved Kashmir bleeds
This story may sound apocryphal but it was recounted by LK Advani in one of his casual conversations. Talking about Morarji Desai, he said that despite his idiosyncrasies, he was a man of impeccable integrity. To buttress his point Advani recalled this incident: After the Janata Party formed the government
Ministry of railways’ decision of holding the listing of Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has exposed its seriousness in listing its public enterprises in stock exchanges. Although the decision was taken one year back, the national transporter does not have a com
The tussle between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and lieutenant governor of Delhi Anil Baijal has entered into its fourth day on Thursday. With no immediate solution to the ongoing ego-tussle, citizens are the mute sufferers. Umesh Sehgal, former chief secretary of Delhi, feels that instead of
As a nervous, young IAS aspirant in 1977, I remember being thrilled to see my name in the newspapers when the list of successful candidates was published. Indeed, I was hoping to be allotted my home state, Kerala, but knew that my rank in the exams did not make that possible. Yet, I cannot deny being a lit
A 16 MW grid-connected solar power plant set up by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) was unveiled by defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman at Heavy Vehicle Factory (HVF) in Avadi on June 8. BEL is establishing energy security for the ordnance factory estates under the Viabil
Chaudhary Birender Singh says SAIL is at par with any other international steel enterprise Union minister of steel Chaudhary Birender Singh has said that SAIL is a major contributor of the country’s steel production industry and is foremost in terms of production tech