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400 police stations to be built in 10 naxal-affected states, reveals RTI query: To strengthen the security situation in 10 naxal [left Wing Extremism]-affected states, the Centre has given approval for setting up of 400 Police Stations and posts there, an RTI query has found. According to information received from the Left Wing Extremism Division of Union Ministry of Home Affairs, the Government is building 400 fortified police stations in the 10 states, each of which will be allocated INR 20 million each. The 10 states identified under the plan are Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. The Centre would bear 80 per cent of the cost of construction, while the state, the remaining 20 per cent. Times of India, May 31, 2015.
Faster Execution of Ideas to be Modi's Real Test in Year Two
Faced with Aggressive Opposition
By Prabhu Chawla
The golden principle of a vibrant democracy is that the Opposition should have its say and the government must have a way. During the first year of the Modi government, this rule has been violated with a vengeance. Narendra Modi sped into 7 Race Course, powered by a massive mandate from the people of India. His mission, model and mantra were fully endorsed by the voters who gave him 282 Lok Sabha seats. So, it isn’t unfair or unreasonable on his part to demand a full say in the governance of the nation. But has he been able to?
The Two Kinds of Verdicts on Narendra Modi’s One Year
Did he or did he not deliver? The opinion is divided, but Modi remains a mainstream favourite.
By Aakar Patel
On TV specials debating the National Democratic Alliance government’s first year in office, there was a clear difference between the English shows I was on and the Hindi and Gujarati ones. The anchors and experts on the English ones were more likely to be critical of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s performance. They held up to examination 12 months of governance and judged it to be wanting in terms of delivery and achievement. Not much of the change that had been promised had come about, in this view, and things seemed to be the same as under the previous set.
One Year Of Modi Rule: India Gangrened!
By Jagadish G Chandra
India’s capitalist democracy has surely turned a page in the 21st century. A thousand headed Cobra has come-off its age and has started vexing its fangs, spewing out the deadly venom of communalism in all directions.
How Will People Hold Governments to Account?
By Bobby Ramakant *
One of the major failures of current times is how democratic systems are being made ineffective so that people with a 'power of one vote' are not able to hold elected representatives to account. How else can governments get away with making promises and not delivering? Rather often governments instead of delivering on pro-people promises, have harmed people's interests even more, thereby allowing corporations to siphon away profits and resources. With democracy failing the people to hold governments to account, it is no surprise that non-performing governments often get re-elected!
Modi's Development Model So Far
Through The People's Lens
Dr Rahul Pandey, Bobby Ramakant and Dr Sandeep Pandey *
Story of Modi’s development model so far: Cutting health and education expenditure, forcing land acquisition, buying expensive jets and unsafe nuclear power, benefitting Big Business, diluting employment guarantee, fanning communal fires, exploiting Ganga, curbing dissent and shielding governance from public scrutiny.
Religious Freedom: India On Tier 2 List Of Countries
United States Commission On International Religious Freedom
By Shehzad Poonawalla
Although the Modi government has responded by stating that it "does not take cognisance of such reports", it is a fact that world over, the stifling of religious freedoms in India is becoming a debate and is reflecting badly upon us as a plural, liberal democracy. Hence, authorities including the courts, investigative agencies, statutory bodies like National Commission for Minorities and National Human Rights Commission and the Ministry of Home Affairs must treat every case of religious atrocity and discrimination with seriousness so that no country or international agency can point fingers upon a vibrant democracy like ours. Mr.Modi's government must walk the talk on 'Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas'
Corporate India Thrives And The Real India Withers
By Sukumaran C. V.
Manmohan Singh and his team have gone and Mr. Modi has come, but the policies have still not been changed and our farmers still kill themselves.
Retired Diplomat Recalls Prejudices Against Women Officers
By Press Trust of India Correspondent
When retired diplomat and author Arundhati Ghose wanted to join the Indian Foreign Service in the early 1960s, she faced the same question in two separate interviews - How would she cope with her career post-marriage?
Preserve Net Neutrality For Innovation And Growth
By George Abraham
India is still at its infancy when it comes to technology innovation and the Internet is key to that success. If India is to become a future hub of innovation promoting competition and investment in emerging technologies, let it preserve a free and open Internet for generations to come. Let India not extend its VIP culture on to the Internet.
Discrimination In Employment Against Muslims
By Abdul Majid Zargar
The denial of Job to a Muslim MBA graduate by a leading Indian Diamond export firm has created some ripples in the Indian media & political class .What is interesting to note is that the operations of this firm are spread over to seventy five countries in the world and earns more than 50% of its profits from Muslim Countries but is not inclined to employ a Muslim. The discrimination against Muslims in the so-called secular India is nothing new to warrant any surprise. It has always been a blot on India’s much touted secular record since inception