Topic: Human Development
TN Ninan -
There is an India represented by Tamil Nadu, and another by Bihar. They are far apart on human development, but both belong to the same India on electricity and drinking water.
Mamata's West Bengal beats some BJP-ruled such as Gujarat & MP on human development, but has high interest burden and low investments.
Govt’s own NFHS, as well as many global non-Left institutions’ rankings have shown a drop in India’s development indicators. This will begin to hurt soon.
A sociological analysis of parameters like literacy and sex ratio reveals that Gujarat model is a myth.
Fieldwork has shown Paharis and Gujjars are deeply entwined, in ways that their political leadership does not acknowledge.
European Union ban on Russian crude imports from 5 Dec will drive European refiners to buy more Middle East oil, putting them in competition with Asian buyers.
The IAF chief said the model of integration that India adopts must be future-ready, must reduce levels of decision-making, and capitalise on the strength of all three services.
In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.