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Time to Revisit the Indian State

Covid-19 has laid bare many deficiencies and shortcomings of the Indian State and the weaknesses of the civil society. This article traces them and argues that in the light of the developments in the post Covid-19 scenario it is necessary to revisit and reimagine the Indian State.

Parakala, Covid-19, Indian State 17-08-2020 0 Comments

JNU Should Remain an Anomaly

The article describes the academic and intellectual life in JNU and argues that all universities should remain bastions of questioning and inquiry. That culture in JNU has produced persons of eminence in every field of public and professional life in India and overseas.

JNU, University, Indian Education, Education Policy 21-12-2019 0 Comments

Digital Revolution: Can a Leader Choose Between Escape and Embrace?

A Lecture on the Fourth Industrial Revolution that is sweeping the world today.

Parakala, Digital Revolution, Fourth Industrial Revolution, AI, Robotics, Nanotechnology, History 14-11-2018 0 Comments

Our First 100 Days

We were quiet. That’s what we were on the day we completed our 100 days in office. While we were quiet, our actions were loud. On the 16th of this month the government of Andhra Pradesh under the leadership of Sri Chandrababu Naidu completed 100 days in office.

Andhra Pradesh, Chandrababu Naidu, Parakala Prabhakar, Piyush Goyal 21-09-2014 0 Comments

Finance Commission and Telugu Signature

I was in Tirupati the other day. Our government met the 14th Finance Commission. Chief Minister Sri Chandrababu Naidu had made a compelling presentation to the Commission. He told the Commission that Andhra Pradesh needed to be treated on a completely different basis.

Andhra Pradesh, Chandrababu Naidu, Finance Commission, Parakala Prabhakar, Telugu, Tirupati, YV Reddy 14-09-2014 0 Comments

It’s Two Months!

It’s two months since I have taken over as the Advisor (Communications) to the Government of Andhra Pradesh. I have now an opportunity to use communications to contribute to the building of a new state. Almost from foundation. We are making an effort to make communications a tool for development.

Andhra Pradesh, Parakala Prabhakar 09-09-2014 0 Comments

Introduction : Refuting An Agitation

This book is an effort to carefully examine the claims, assertions, and allegations that are made by the separatists in Telangana. These have gone unexamined for a long time. Therefore, they went unchallenged and unquestioned. Not only those who want the state to be divided bel

Andhra Pradesh, Hyderabad, Justice Srikrishna, Parakala Prabhakar, Telangana, TRS, Visalandhra Mahasabha 01-02-2013 0 Comments

Deconstructing Telangana March

All the spurious critiques, filthy abuses, fretting and fuming rants, and gratuitous remarks on my earlier posts are despatched to where they should belong. The gutter.

Andhra Pradesh, Necklace Road, P V Narasimha Rao, Parakala Prabhakar, Prof Kodandaram, Telangana agitation, Telangana JAC, Telangana March, Visalandhra Mahasabha 11-10-2012 0 Comments

Suspend Your Disbelief!

Very strange news came in today. Some ‘parents’ in Hyderabad, it is reported, took out a procession to say that they don’t mind losing their Children’s education for the sake of achieving separate Telangana State. They are reported to have said that no school bell should ring until Telangana State is achieved.

Andhra Pradesh, AP State Politics, School Closure, Telangana 13-10-2011 0 Comments

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 again in Bangalore.

India urbanization, indian cities, Indian planning, Indian urban life 11-02-2011 0 Comments