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Amarinder Singh’s Indians-for-India stand on job quota pragmatic. Haryana should note

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CM Amarinder Singh’s India-for-Indians stand against job quotas for state residents is pragmatic and commendable. The socio-economic cost of ‘excessive regionalisation’ is much more than Haryana might have bargained for with its reservation gambit. PM Modi’s reformist zeal is influencing a Congress CM but has no takers in BJP-ruled Haryana.

Raising FDI in insurance is brave. Focus now on tougher reforms to get govt out of business

Parliament approval for raising FDI in insurance to 74% is brave and critical reform. It shows welcome continuity in economic thinking as Vajpayee government began insurance reform, UPA took it forward and Modi government is clinching it. Now focus on tougher reforms in getting the government truly out of business.

India should see US senator’s pressure on democratic values as friends talking to each other

Top American Senator Robert Menendez may be playing to domestic constituents by pressuring India on democratic values and human rights but this also reflects new dimensions in India-US bonding. Friends talk to each other, share concerns and can have a positive influence and India should see this in that spirit.

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  1. Sikhs are global citizens. As indeed many other Indians are. We would be diminished economically if confined to our states of origin.

  2. Ah! The heading again. The Government can’t be out of business. Who will be in charge of the Nation, then?
    I know by ‘business” you mean business of trade etc… But…

    I wonder why some of us feel that only India needs lessons on democracy. If it means self discipline of the people, then I agree… We need to be more responsible individually. That includes the behavior of the media too.

  3. Quoted Professor Suhas Palshikar’s phrase in my comment. Wife has added Indian Express to her physical stack of newspapers in the morning at my suggestion. Tell her, Yeh akhbaar padhe likhe log padhte hain …

  4. Anyone who is in electoral politics is sensitive to the views of her constituents. Had this letter come from Ms AOC – not that it ought to have been disregarded, as Ms Premila Jayapal was – it may have been regarded as the personal opinion of a promising, young lawmaker. 2. This is Chair of the Senate FRC, as both Joe Biden and John Kerry have been. In the US, they do not have a rubber stamp parliament. Congress is seen as a coequal branch of government. These Committees – Oversight, Armed Services, Intelligence – exercise real authority. As a former envoy, EAM would be cognisant of this position. 3. Intriguing that the letter was sent to the Defense Secretary, not the Secretary of State. Perhaps to underline that the protective umbrella of Quad is meant to be extended to democracies. That is the whole justification for posing it as a riposte to China. 4. Beyond a point, it does not matter who the critic is. It could be a simple washerman, questioning the Queen. Senator Menendez has referred to Freedom House, dismissed with witty repartee, as Professor Suhas Palshikar put it.

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