Archive | October 6, 2014

[Part 2] Lessons from Indian Thinkers: Jawaharlal Nehru


Jawaharlal Nehru

Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

Nationalism and Internationalism

Nehru was a pioneer nationalist. He is also remembered as an internationalist par excellence. His ideas present a harmonious blend of nationalism and internationalism. He understood the influence and role of nationalism in getting independence to the different colonies, like India. Nationalism binds the masses together, by creating a degree of unity, vigor and vitality. However, he carefully rejected the narrow understanding of nationalism, that are based on fanatic and communal ideas. He also opposed the tendency of jingoism, that sees other nations as enemies. Read More…

Egyptian Politics under al-Sisi


al-Sisi

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

The new Egyptian President- Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was the Army chief and Defense Minister of Egypt, before ascending to the highest position of the nation. In a landmark victory, he secured about 96.91% of the votes polled for the presidential elections.

Since Egypt became a Republic in 1953, Al-Sisi is the 6th President of Egypt, and 5th with a military background. The only non-military President was Mohammad Morsi, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, who is now behind bars. Read More…

Why is India better off without Planning Commission?


Planning Commission

Planning Commission

  • Planning commission is an advisory body with wide budgetary powers where members are appointed without any specific criteria.
  • Deputy Chairman of the planning commission holds the rank of a cabinet minister without being subject to any parliamentary control unlike the other ministers of cabinet.
  • There is overlapping of functions with other specialized agencies like Finance Commission, National Development Council. (for instance preparation of reports)
  • Dominant status of private players now, unlike the time when the commission was set up and a huge amount of gross investment came from solely government sources.
  • While allocating funds at ground level, Planning Commission often overlook the requirements and concerns of the local area or people.
  • There is an unscientific distinction between plan and non-plan expenditure used by the commission.

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