Senator Asha Seth Leads Discussion on Inclusive Development
By A Correspondent
Senator Asha Seth, on October 7, hosted the ICICI Bank, India's largest private bank, for the first discussion on unlocking India’s potential through inclusive development on Parliament Hill. Mrs. Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ICICI Bank Limited, was the evening’s special guest speaker along with statements from the Honourable Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade; the Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board; and the Honourable Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
(L to R: Minister Chris Alexander, Mr. Sriram Iyer, Ms. Chanda Kochhar and Senator Asha Seth)
Annual Great White North Dragon Boat Challenge
By A Correspondent
Few things can rival the power of team sports in uniting people to achieve a common goal. Add water to the mix and you create a new, exciting and exhilarating team-building activity.
INDIA: News Briefs
From Miscellaneous Sources
Saif Ali Khan: Intermarriage is not jihad, it is India
By Saif Ali Khan
I am the son of a sportsman, I grew up in England, Bhopal, Pataudi, Delhi and Mumbai, and I am more Indian than any Hindu or Muslim I know because I am both. I wrote this piece not to comment on the masses or the problems of communalism in India and its villages, but because this is an issue that concerns my friends and their families. READ MORE
South Asia’s Peace Heroes: Malala Yousufzai and Kailash Satyarathi
By Alyssa Ayres
What a day for South Asia. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded this year’s Peace Prize to Pakistan’s Malala Yousufzai and India’s Kailash Satyarthi, both passionate advocates for children’s rights. The Nobel Committee’s decisions highlight a focus on the role of social advocacy and social impact on poverty, children’s education, and empowerment of women and girls in South Asia. Malala Yousufzai is recognized around the world for standing up to the Taliban, who shot her in the face for her outspoken support of girls’ education; Kailash Satyarthi is known in India for his decades-long dedication to ending child labor.
Nuclear Power: Achilles Heel of Narendra Modi Part II
By Buddhi Kota Subbarao* Part I
Contest of Competing Wolves
According to Che Guevara, capitalism is a contest between competing wolves. India has become the competing ground for such wolves, more so in the matter of selling nuclear power plants. Many are the direct and indirect actions of these competing wolves to compel India to pave the way for smooth selling of nuclear power plants to India. The hidden hand of these competing wolves is a notable contributing factor for the signing of recent Australian uranium sales deal with India .
Uranium Exports To India: Australia Not Playing Cricket...
By Anuj Wankhede *
There has been talk for the past many years about Australia which has the world's largest known uranium deposits - about 28% - lifting its ban on exporting uranium to India. The visit by the Australian PM Tony Abbott to India and specifically to Delhi is important for a deal which will probably end the 30 year ban on uranium exports to India by Australia.
Secrecy in the Name of Privacy
By Arun Kumar *
In the pursuit of black money, India has been scoring a self-goal by arguing against taking tough action, citing secrecy and privacy. In contrast, courts in the U.S. went ahead successfully in unearthing black income, ignoring such arguments and despite non-cooperation and threats by Switzerland
The Supreme Court has received a sealed cover from the government with the 627 names of Indians holding black money abroad and it will ask the Registry to pass it on to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) even though the SIT had received this list in June. There was expectation that these names would be made public but that is something not to be till prosecution is launched. While some names have already been revealed or have been leaked, a question that arises is whether there are more names to this list.
Guidelines to Political Parties for Funds and Expenditures
Election Commission of India transparency guidelines effective October 1, 2014
By A Correspondent
The transparency guidelines issued by the Election Commission of India to all political parties for party funds and election expenditure became effective from October 01, 2014.
Planning in a Modern Economy: Is its Role Over in India?
Arun Kumar *
The Independence Day speech of the PM announced that the Planning Commission set up in 1950 would be closed. Given that this institution has played a central role in the way government functioned in India, does this announcement presage a major institutional change in governance in? A new body/think tank is supposed to replace this institution. Would this proposed institution essentially do what the Planning Commission did but under a different name and rubric? One may also ask whether in spite of the many perceived failures of the Planning Commission in India, planning is still needed?
The Sikhs Losing ‘Political Identity’ In India
By Jaspal Singh Sidhu *
Observations of last Governor General of India, Mountbatten on the future of Sikh minority in India seem to be sounding prophetic now. Mountbatten had acquired a deep understanding of the political scene of 1940s and also a tight grip over political players in Indian subcontinent. That is why, he advanced the ‘transferred the power’ from the British to loyal political outfits —the Congress and Muslim League- by around one year. The Imperial Power was on the road to a fast collapse as the World War two ended in 1945. And, the British wanted to leave their stamp on future policies of ‘free India’ through smooth ‘transfer of power’ to their collaborators before any popular effervesce arose to disturb their plans.
Maoists: New Fronts, Old Ideas
By Mrinal Kanta Das
Research Assistant, Institute for Conflict Management
The Central Committee of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist), in its “Message to the Milan International Conference in Solidarity with the People’s War in India” [September 10, 2014] reconfirmed its earlier assessment, that the ‘countrywide movement is facing a very difficult condition’. The Party, however, vowed to fight back, declaring, “We are striving hard for revival of the movement in some of the areas from where we had to retreat. In areas where we have weakened the party is trying to face the situation with Bolshevik spirit." Crucially, the Message disclosed, "Facing heavy odds and losses, we are opening up a new war front in the Sahyadri (Western Ghats) border region of Karnataka-Kerala-Tamil Nadu”.