Archive | February, 2011

World Class Cities or Livable Cities?

Urban infrastructure is riveting our policy-makers’ attention.  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has recently said that the Indian ‘cities can no longer continue to develop in a haphazard manner.’ He exhorted that the cities need to ‘invest in world-class public infrastructure and improve quality of living’. Recently he said that in Mumbai. And he said that […]

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Deconstructing Campus Brutality

I wrote this after the revolting incidents of ragging reported from various campuses around the country in 2008.

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The State And The Challenger

I wrote this immediately after the first reported massacre in Chattisgarh in the year 2008. There is quite a lot which is still relevant today.

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Praja Rajyam Dissolves into Congress

A phase of consolidation seems to have begun in the volatile political market of Andhra Pradesh. Praja Rajyam Party (PRP) merged with Congress. Its founder President and matinee idol Chiranjivi announced in Delhi after meeting Sonia Gandhi that his party’s merger with Congress was unconditional. What is remarkable in this development is that he and […]

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Launch of RightFolio – Inaugural Address

On 14 Jan 2011, at a programme in Hyderabad we have launched RightFOLIO. It is a company which emerged from the integration of different successful verticals which are into Corporate Communication, Brand Building, H R Consulting, Market Research and Event Management. Shreya Ghoshal, the popular bollywood singer rendered her hits from Hindi, Telugu and Tamil […]

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Candour Unbelievable

Sometimes I look at people with dismay. Their candour unsettles me. I will give you only two examples of people unhesitatingly speaking their mind out. Nothing prevents them from expressing what crosses their mind. The questions that pop up in their mind perhaps pop up in my mind also. But something prevents me from asking […]

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Srikrishna Panel Report & Fallout

Now that Srikrishna Committee has completed its job, it is for the Union government and the political process to take a call on the situation in Andhra Pradesh arising out of the articulation of two demands: for the creation of separate Telangana State and for keeping the state united. Although the committee talked about 6 […]

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His Father’s Son

Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy’s resignation from the Congress was not unexpected, but it was sudden. It has brought his running battle with the Congress high command to a head, one that began with his father Y. S. Rajasekhar Reddy’s sudden death. Even as his decision has thrown Andhra Pradesh politics into a tailspin, the advantage to […]

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Are You Free If You Are At Home?

Ever since I attained adulthood I’ve been battling two misconceptions harboured by people around me. I’ve been unsuccessful. Battling them is robbing me of tranquillity. I know that it is best to accept them as given, smile, and cohabit with them. With the misconceptions as well as with the people who hold them. But I’m […]

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News Channels

Somebody raised an important question on his facebook status: ‘why only newspapers? Shouldn’t news channels also have a holiday on festival days’? Why not? They should also have, I think. Why do Television News Channels think that they are quite different from the Newspapers? Or is it true that they think they are different from […]

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