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... The credit rating company, Moody’s, has upgraded India’s investment ranking from the lowest to one notch up. This was preceded by India’s 30-spot rise in the “Ease of Doing Business” rankings, from 130 to 100. Both these upgrades, from rock bottom to slightly-higher-than-rock-bottom, have created a media stir, with a barrage of congratulatory op-eds and commentaries, including in the daily FM radio shows that belt out the latest hits. What these rankings signify about the state of the Indian economy is debatable, but this piece is about another ranking that got buried in the din. The Global Gender Gap ranking for 2017 was released last month. India slipped 21 places in this ranking compared to last year. Why did this not generate commensurate analysis and introspection? ...Indian Express on Dec. 1, 2017, 12:30 a.m.
... The Jat agitation for quotas is back on the streets of Haryana, with additional demands for withdrawal of charges against those booked for the protests last year. The young leader of the Patidar agitation, Hardik Patel, following his long jail term and exile, appears all set for a bigger and more fiery political role, with his plans to campaign for the Shiv Sena in the upcoming Mumbai civic polls, and the Shiv Sena promoting him as its future chief ministerial candidate in Gujarat. ...Indian Express on Feb. 17, 2017, 12:15 a.m.
...The next issue of the magazine supported the arguments of the critics with a scathing attack on AA ('Time to scrap affirmative action', IE, May 3).AA is primarily a policy of de-segregating the elite to make it more representative of society as a whole.It takes different forms in different countries (race-based preferential admissions into academically selective schools in the US; quotas for formerly untouchable castes and marginalised tribes in public sector jobs, educational institutions and electoral constituencies in India).The target groups and the exact sphere of intervention vary from country to country, but the basic idea underlying AA is to provide a mechanism for including members of groups that would otherwise be under-represented, relative to their share in the population, in elite positions. ...Indian Express on May 22, 2013, 3:25 a.m.