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COVER STORY

19-09-2014

From Nehru to Modi

Modi and the dismantling of the Planning Commission

Briefing

Expert Opinion

‘Displacement of Adivasis will increase’

Cover Story
I HAVE great apprehensions about the government’s decision to scrap the Planning Commission. Despite its limitations, the Planning Commission has ...
Expert Opinion

‘A gesture to the corporate sector’

Cover Story
THE liquidation of the Planning Commission is a symbolic gesture from Narendra Modi. The gesture is intended for the assimilation by the corporate ...
Expert Opinion

‘What was required was a course correction’

Cover Story
This is like throwing out the baby with the bathwater. The Ekta Parishad has been critical of the manner in which the Planning Commission has been ...
Expert Opinion

‘Talk about alternative does not inspire confidence’

Cover Story
I do not think there will be any nostalgia over the Planning Commission as it has functioned now, since it was a source of red tape. The institution ...

Bitter truths

Books
Natwar Singh’s autobiography, save for a small part devoted to settling scores, has enduring historical value.
Indian Aviation

Flying into the red

The Indian aviation sector is beset by problems of cut-throat competition, high operational costs, and huge losses.
Expert Opinion

‘Displacement of Adivasis will increase’

Cover Story
I HAVE great apprehensions about the government’s decision to scrap the Planning Commission. Despite its limitations, the Planning Commission has ...
Prohibition

Old wine, new bottle

The Nation
In a sudden move, the Kerala government initiates steps to close down bars and rid the State of liquor sales and consumption within a decade.
Expert Opinion

‘A gesture to the corporate sector’

Cover Story
THE liquidation of the Planning Commission is a symbolic gesture from Narendra Modi. The gesture is intended for the assimilation by the corporate ...
Expert Opinion

‘What was required was a course correction’

Cover Story
This is like throwing out the baby with the bathwater. The Ekta Parishad has been critical of the manner in which the Planning Commission has been ...
Expert Opinion

‘Talk about alternative does not inspire confidence’

Cover Story
I do not think there will be any nostalgia over the Planning Commission as it has functioned now, since it was a source of red tape. The institution ...
Expert Opinion

‘We are vigilant on the concerns of the marginalised’

Cover Story
I DISMISS all apprehensions regarding the wrapping up of the Planning Commission. If we look at the larger scenario, we will all agree that the ...
Expert Opinion

‘A welcome move’

Cover Story
THE Narendra Modi-led NDA government’s decision to do away with the Planning Commission is a welcome move. This is a decision that was long overdue.

‘Goa must appeal against High Court ruling’

PAMELA D'MELLO The Nation
Interview with Claude Alvares, director of Goa Foundation and petitioner in the illegal Goa mining case.

‘Getting leases renewed is priority’

Pamela D’Mello The Nation
Interview with Shivanand S. Salgaocar, president of the Goa Mineral Ore Exporters Association.
Labour Issues

Class concerns

The Nation
The labour reforms introduced by the NDA government are aimed at benefiting employers and have the potential to undermine working class rights and the trade union movement.
Development Issues

Height of controversy

Lyla Bavadam The Nation
The Modi government’s permission to increase the height of the Sardar Sarovar dam by installing radial gates on it is met with stiff opposition from the Narmada Bachao Andolan, which threatens to launch another phase of its struggle.
West Asia

War without end

John Cherian World Affairs
Bombing the Islamic State fighters, who have made the sectarian divide in Iraq permanent, may not solve the problem as the U.S. and its allies in West Asia had allowed the I.S. a free run in Syria to fight the Bashar al-Assad government.
China

Leapfrog growth

Data presented at the “2014 Forum on the Development of Tibet”, held in Lhasa in the second week of August, show that Tibet has been undergoing transformational growth, narrowing the developmental gap with the rest of China.
Expert Opinion

Key mediator

Cover Story
THE decision to replace the Planning Commission with a “think tank” has important ramifications for Centre-State relations. The States have ...
Expert Opinion

‘We are vigilant on the concerns of the marginalised’

Cover Story
I DISMISS all apprehensions regarding the wrapping up of the Planning Commission. If we look at the larger scenario, we will all agree that the ...
Expert Opinion

‘A welcome move’

Cover Story
THE Narendra Modi-led NDA government’s decision to do away with the Planning Commission is a welcome move. This is a decision that was long overdue.
Expert Opinion

Key mediator

Cover Story
THE decision to replace the Planning Commission with a “think tank” has important ramifications for Centre-State relations. The States have ...

A mixed bag

SAGNIK DUTTA Cover Story
The Planning Commission’s policies and functioning have resulted in centralisation of power and it has been only partially successful in removing regional imbalances in economic development.

Limited success

The Planning Commission, which has addressed socio-economic deprivation fairly well, has not succeeded fully in ensuring the implementation of the Five-Year Plans. But then it never had the power to take uncooperative governments to task.
Interview: Ajay Chhibber

‘The Planning Commission has become a hindrance’

Cover Story
Ajay Chhibber, Director General, Independent Evaluation Office, laid the ground for the dissolution of the Planning Commission. He is an eminent ...

Neoliberal spirit

The Independent Evaluation Office, set up by the previous government to evaluate key Central schemes, goes to the extent of examining the role of the Planning Commission itself and recommending its abolition.

Modi’s manoeuvres

Cover Story
RIGHT from the inaugural week of the Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in May, a keen discussion on the fate of the ...

Unplanning, Modi style

C.P. CHANDRASEKHAR Cover Story
By choosing to dump the Planning Commission rather than strengthen and expand its role to suit the changed environment, Prime Minister Modi has signalled that he does not want even the minimal checks and balances that an organisation like it can exert on his neoliberal adventures.
Development Issues

Height of controversy

Lyla Bavadam The Nation
The Modi government’s permission to increase the height of the Sardar Sarovar dam by installing radial gates on it is met with stiff opposition from the Narmada Bachao Andolan, which threatens to launch another phase of its struggle.
India & Pakistan

Back to square one

The Nation
The Modi government’s decision to call off the scheduled talks between the Foreign Secretaries of Pakistan and India will for all practical purposes mean the suspension of meaningful peace talks between the countries for the duration of the NDA’s term in office.
Natural Resources

Mines of scam

The Supreme Court’s landmark judgment on coal mines has led to the demand for the withdrawal of illegal allocations to private companies. It is pointed out that they have already made huge profits from their initial investment in the blocks.
Mining

Turning over a new lease?

Pamela D’Mello The Nation
The Goa government decides to renew 27 mining leases on the basis of a High Court order, but this contradicts the Supreme Court directive in April to governments to garner maximum returns in the commercial use of natural or national resources.

‘What kind of nexus is this?’

T. K. Rajalakshmi The Nation
Interview with Virjesh Upadhyay, general secretary, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh.
Environmental clearances

Clearance mela

With development high on its agenda, the BJP government is pushing through environmental clearances in order to remove all perceived bottlenecks that hinder growth.

Voice of conscience

Obituary
U.R. Ananthamurthy (1932-2014), who inhabited a bilingual world, turned a searching gaze on the community in which he was born and remained committed to the idea of a secular and non-sectarian India.
Readers write

Letters to the Editor

Letters
Israel’s war THE Cover Story (August 22) was a brilliant and impartial and also heart-rending account of Israel’s war on Gaza. The Jewish state has ...