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On June 1, Indian Nobel Peace Laureate and child rights activist, Kailash Satyarthi sat down for an exclusive interview with Mahfuz Anam, Editor of The Daily Star. Kailash Satyarthi talked about everything from how he gave up his career as an electrical engineer and became a child rights activist, to how to treat the deprived children as our own.

 

Water tribunals were set up as alternatives to long-drawn courtroom litigation. If they are today mired in delay themselves, we have to question the procedure and not just the arrangement

 

Almost three decades ago, following many other countries, Bangladesh took the decision to break the state owned monopoly in the telecom sector. The objective was to benefit from market forces to accelerate telecom penetration, which was hovering at around one percent.

 

Transition to a new Centre-state framework could be one of this government’s most significant legacies

 

A principal charge levelled against civil servants, post-retirement, is that they speak up too late. This is unfair and uninformed criticism. The fear of reprisal lasts much longer even after one has hung up one’s boots.

 

Instead of hamstringing public sector banks with social schemes, it is time to transfer many of these financial tasks to India Post.

 

There is an African proverb: “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago.” This sits in well with Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb pronouncing his life's lesson in his last days: “What you can do today, don't  leave  it  for tomorrow.”

 

Successive governments have transformed an unevenly prosperous rural society to one which is evenly distressed. Small and marginal farmers now feel worse off than the landless. Most suicides have taken place in the families of such farmers, especially those with no source of non-farm income. For the sense of desperation that now pervades rural India, all political parties are to blame.

 

 

A reasonable case can be made that the Delhi Lieutenant Governor’s discretionary powers do not extend to the appointment of the Chief Secretary without the ‘aid and advice’ of the Chief Minister and his Council of Ministers

 

Disproportionate use of force by policemen on protestors and the former's alleged lack of adequate responsiveness to calls of public distress have once again attracted media attention.

 


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