Editorial

Editorial

Finance minister suffering from kidney ailment

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is suffering from a kidney ailment and may have to undergo a surgery.

Late on Thursday evening, Jaitley tweeted, “I am being treated for kidney related problems & certain infections that I have contracted. I am therefore currently working from controlled environment at home. The future course of my treatment would be determined by the doctors treating me.”

Healthcare impasse

Is BJP government serious about making healthcare affordable in India? “If yes, then why is it killing its own messenger”.

Why honest and upright officials working in favour of people and domestic medical products industry are being transferred jeopardising further progress?

Why draft national device policy 2015 proposed to strengthen the medical devices sector and recommendation of task force for reducing dependence on imports and promoting ‘Make In India’ initiative is gathering dust even after nearly three years?

DISEQUILIBRIUM: Urgent Retrofit Needed

In May 2014, the plates of history were shifting before our eyes. Aggregation of the Hindu vote behind BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi brought him a mandate unprecedented in recent Indian history. The policy of minorityism practiced for years by the Congress through downright appeasement was replaced by a spanking new era of faux nationalism and brute majoritarianism. This flinty germ passed into new carriers over the next few years to see massive wins in Assam and more recently UP.

When life is irrelevant

As Industrialisation proceeds, the world changes, and development is thought to be the ultimate good. The working class is absorbed into construction and manual labour, and for this, networking with contractors is required, as well as the means and mobility, by which urban livelihoods are achieved. This is dependent on minimum education, for purposes of travel and banking. Privatising  education excludes vast populations from accessing clerical jobs. When one looks at the working class, it draws from both kinship networks as well as conjugal stability.

Impact of digital Campaigning

The upcoming assembly elections in the Hindi heartland of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and the southern Congress bastion of Karnataka  have set the stage for a mini general elections as the ruling  BJP braces for a confrontation with its political opposition, the Congress party. Assembly elections are going to be followed by the general elections for the Lok Sabha next year. Leaders on both sides have set the process of selection of their party candidates and faces to lead the party campaigns in respective states.

What’s so good about Good Friday?

Every year I receive a couple of phone calls and SMSes to wish me ‘Happy Good Friday’. It is not their fault. They all meant well but Good Friday is not ‘happy’ Good Friday.  According to the Bible, Jesus Christ was betrayed by one of his 12 trusted disciples, Judas Iscariot. What is shocking was that Jesus was arrested illegally in the night, flogged, ordered to carry the cross on which he would be crucified and then put to death even though Pontius Pilot, the Roman governor of the province of Judaea, found him not guilty. Indeed, it is difficult to see what is “good” about it.

Sunny side up

As global solar power generation touched 100 gw, of which nearly half of it is in China and an additional 20 gw in India, very soon a new application — solar powered electric vehicles will become a reality providing clean and green transportation particularly in highly polluted cities like Delhi and Beijing.

Better safe than sorry

Cyber security has always been discussed but never given the importance that it deserves in the boardroom. However the situation seems to be changing post 2017, which saw cyber breaches of global scale and magnitude. Myths — such as only information technology companies are prone to cyber attacks and that fairly advanced nations like the United States and United Kingdom would be the main targets of hackers whereas countries like India would not be victims — were broken. It is time to address cyber security as a business risk, and not just a technology problem.

Slow & steady goes GST

Awaiting favourable news after a GST Council meeting is a trite routine for trade and industry. Each Council meeting seems to bring vivid yet mixed reactions from all corners. The 26th Council Meeting held on March 10 followed this same design.

The meeting keeps a status quo on the litigated issues under GST and focuses more on addressing systemic difficulties. Assessees expecting grandiose declarations on simplification of returns and change in invoice matching system were surely disappointed.

More crop per drop to save farmers

World Water Day is held annually on March 22 to advocate strongly sustainable management of freshwater resources the world over. In fact, an international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). On the eve of World Water Day, Watershed Organisation Trust, popularly known as WOTR, made a significant presentation to the law makers of the Maharashtra legislature. It was part of an event titled “Tackling climate change in Maharashtra” presided over by chief minister, DevendraFadnavis.

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