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Gujarat MLA’s eviction for wearing T-shirt is over the top. Don’t dictate personal choices

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Gujarat assembly speaker’s decision to evict an MLA for wearing a T-shirt is over the top. Lawmakers must maintain decorum, but why give T-shirts a bad name when there is no dress code? What to wear, eat, read mustn’t be dictated by the whims and fancies of those in power.

Modi govt’s bill on Delhi’s governance retrograde, reduces elected govt into a potted plant

Modi government’s amendment on Delhi’s governance is retrograde. It reverses two decades of quasi-statehood. Delhi becomes another Centre-run UT, which is how BJP wants it to be. This reduces an elected government into a potted plant. BJP wouldn’t have done it if Delhi had voted for it instead of AAP.

Rest of India should emulate Ludhiana’s vaccination plan, must not allow turf war

Ludhiana district administration deserves praise for expanding Covid vaccinations to judges, lawyers, bank employees, NGO workers and journalists. Rest of India should emulate this and cover frontline, essential workers. The country has adequate stocks to vaccinate more groups and shouldn’t allow red tape or turf wars to hinder the pace.

Modi govt should bring back Rs 1,000 notes. Rs 2,000 denomination was policy blunder

It’s good India hasn’t printed Rs 2,000 currency notes for two years now. This denomination was a monetary anachronism and policy blunder on top of the demonetisation horror. Modi government should bring back Rs 1,000 notes to ensure convenience as cash can never be done away with fully.

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  1. Please remember still ours is a Socratic country. Delhi has a elected house. There should be done norms to govern by elected representatives

  2. Where does the buck stop in Delhi. It is the most polluted capital in the world, for the third year in a row. We are now becoming a classic TV debate at 2100 hours, Team X and Team Y, full of Whataboutery and passing the buck, sometimes to people who died sixty years ago. For the average citizen, how does it matter which party is in power. Bring home the bacon for all Indians.

  3. So many years after the freedom struggle, and as home to one of the largest textile industries in the world, it should be possible for Indians in public life to trade in khadi for more conventional dressing. Whether T shirts should be allowed within legislatures, one cannot say, but it seems a lesser infarction than watching porn.

  4. When I was five – which almost takes us to the era Before Christ – there used to be a 10,000 rupee note. It bought one hundred gold sovereigns. One does not understand this self virtuous aversion to paper currency. The Japanese have a mountain of it. Closer home, there is more of it in circulation than there was on 7th November, 2016. One is certain commerce in legislators is not made by crossed cheque. All over the world, the US $ 100 bill is a symbol of globalisation. My vote would be to restore the 10,000 rupee note. And let its colour scheme be finalised by someone of aesthetic refinement, like Pupul Jayakar.

  5. After a lifetime of observing public affairs, one sees no reason why Delhi cannot be a full fledged state. Never mind if it is the seat of the Union Government. GoI offices are located peacably all over the country, collecting vast amounts of revenue, amongst other functions. States also host military cantonments. The people who really matter in Delhi have security cover which is not overly reliant on Delhi Police. As far as control over the police is concerned – often something as consequential as deciding the postings of SHOs – from what has been seen of the finest in the last year is a powerful argument for change. 2. Acquisition of power for its own sake, with little or no concern about how it will be used to advance citizens’ welfare. One more instance of that same tendency. Many recall with affection and respect the good work CM Sheila Dixit did over three terms.

  6. Bring back 1000 rupee notes for what? 500 rupee notes ought to be the most valuable denomination there is. Even the 200 rupee denomination ought to be taken out. Make it inconvenient to carry large amounts of cash. Even pan shops, puncture shops & small Kirana stores have Phonepe, Paytm, or Google pay in Bangalore. The same must be encouraged elsewhere across India. With smartphones becoming ubiquitous during the lockdown and thereafter, smartphone penetration is only going to increase and it makes sense to promote digital payments over cash. Kenya did it beautifully with roadside vegetable vendors accepting them, no reason why India can’t. Apart from the tax-evading traders and political parties, nobody really needs large amounts of high-value notes. We must instead focus on boosting cybersecurity and trust in digital payment platforms. Then, someday we could even pay DBT for Punjabi farmers via UPI!

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