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...PTI Photo Every time I gulp air, I am consumed with fear. First, for myself, then, very quickly, for my one-year-old son. I am nervous that the air we breathe is hurting us. A thick cloud of smog weighs upon our minds. Unfortunately, little is being done about it. The city I take pride in, and see as the citadel of democracy, is choking as ministers squabble and chief ministers pass the buck. As a young Indian and as the lone Opposition MP from the National Capital Region, someone who has represented a constituency on the periphery of Delhi in Lok Sabha for the last 13 years, it is clear to me why things have steadily become worse. The present legal and administrative framework has not been able to make the desired impact, forcing the executive and judiciary to undertake ad hoc emergency measures whenever the situation reaches a boiling point. Banning firecrackers or restricting odd or even numbered vehicles are examples of impromptu thinking, not a comprehensive policy plan. ...Indian Express on Nov. 16, 2017, 12:10 a.m.
...The stand-off with China in Doklam is not about who blinks first, it is about a much broader game India has always been a part of. We need to understand what is motivating China in initiating these flare-ups and how we can protect Indian interest. The increasingly aggressive Chinese foreign policy is primarily driven by two factors: A build-up of nationalistic fervour in domestic politics and the Chinese economy’s hunger for new markets. Soon after taking over as the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, in 2012, Xi Jinping spoke of the “Chinese dream,” a term that, among other things, referred to national glory. Soon after he took over as the Chinese president in 2013, Xi undertook efforts to expand the Chinese footprint worldwide. These “nationalistic” efforts have also resulted in sparking conflicts with inconvenient neighbours. ...Indian Express on Aug. 14, 2017, midnight
...Tnjab news, india news, latest news, indian express Economics is like gravity. No matter how hard we try to defy it, it always catches up. Three years into the BJP government, farm economics has caught up. For armchair economists to dismiss farmer distress as politically motivated may be convenient, but we can’t ignore the writing on the wall: We have a serious agrarian crisis. In the past three years, average hikes in the Minimum Support Prices (MSPs) for major crops have failed to keep pace with either what was achieved in the previous 10 years or the net inflation levels for these respective years. In the same period, profit margins based on MSP purchases of major crops, according to the government’s own data, have collapsed. Finally, the outstanding farm loans have gone up by 55 per cent in the first 30 months of the Modi government. The political-economy of the farm sector over the last few years explains the current crisis. ...Indian Express on June 13, 2017, 12:02 a.m.
... Our performance at the Rio Olympics has been disappointing.A country of 125 crore people should do better than have just two podium finishes.Our PM lost no time in announcing a task force to ensure that we do well in the “next three games” Such announcements might make good headlines but they are actually knee-jerk reactions.We need to learn from successful models in states such as Haryana — the only state that has given the country at least one Olympic medalist in the past three Olympics .Having seen Haryana transform itself into a sports powerhouse in the last decade, I am not fully convinced with the PM’s approach that emphasises “effective participation” and “ruthless implementation”. ...Indian Express on Sept. 3, 2016, 12:38 a.m.