More than two weeks days down the radical decision to demonetize the high value currency notes, it is now transparently clear that the government had not thought deeply enough. The myriads of problems that this move would throw up and the commensurate logistical response to it had not been visualized in all their multifariousness.

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Year after year hundreds of new trains are introduced but the number of employees handling safety services in Railways has been declining. As on date with 1.5 lakh unfilled vacancies related to safety alone, how the Railways can ensure a safe and secure journey? The improvement of safety systems has not matched the railways incessant expansion.

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Media has changed substantially over the last several decades. Sadly, despite the incorporation of new and advanced technologies that changed media for the better, the noble mission of media – especially its role in a democracy, appears to have gotten lost somewhere along the way.

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Mr. Modi’s decision to demonetize big denomination currencies has cast a spell of black magic on the entire political opposition, and even the high-minded and hypocritical parties, have been forced into a stance they would not have taken in normal times.

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The decision to demonetize the high denomination currency notes has sharply divided the national opinion which is not quite unexpected. Such is the political climate today that if someone takes a stand against cannibalism, there are bound to be people in support of human beings eating other human beings. Obviously, no one has quite lamented, "Oh! My precious hoard of treasured currency notes, the result of years of dishonest toil."

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Evidence from across the country shows a weak banking system trying to cope with this demonetization emergency and failing. The limits on deposits and exchanges are ridiculous. Unless those are lifted massively, this liquidity crunch is going to drag down the economy.

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भ्रष्टाचार पर अंकुश लगाने के प्रयासों को अमलीजामा पहनाने के लिए ये जरूरी है कि ऐसे प्रयासों को निष्पादित करने वाले अधिकारी, कर्मचारी भी भ्रष्ट नहीं हों. क्या हो रहा है नोटों के बदले जाने के सरकारी फैसले के मामले में? आम जनता घंटों लंबी कतारों में खड़ी हो कर खाली हाथ लौटने को मजबूर है. रोजमर्रा की जरूरतों का पूरा करना माउंट एवरेस्ट पर चढ़ने से भी कठिन साबित हो रहा है. वहीं रसूखदारों, पहुँच वालों, सही मायनों में कालाधन रखने वालों को कोई परेशानी नहीं हो रही.

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When it comes to cars, I have been experimenting. Initially I was an avid fan of Maruti. We had both the Maruti car, a status symbols among the Ambassadors and Fiats of that era, and the Maruti van, a truly multipurpose vehicle. While moving on my Maruti I noticed a very beautiful car with large lights. The vehicle was new to Indian roads. I craned my neck to read the make and model of the vehicle. It was the Tata Indigo. I landed in the showroom and purchased a blue Tata Indigo, mainly for its looks. That was the beginning of my romance with Tata vehicles.

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November is the cruelest month for Delhi and you may survive, if you lock yourself indoors, denying yourself the much needed fresh air (such as it is, polluted several times over beyond permissible limits!) and sunlight (whatever miraculously seeps through the blanket of haze, smoke and dust which must now be declared Delhi’s official dress).

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With the recent narrative of zero tolerance to terrorism, hyped nationalism and bashing of so called liberal thought in the country, I too tried to convince myself that the killing of the escaped terror suspects from Bhopal jail was justified. But I could not. Try as I did, I found it indefensible. Killing terrorists is OK, but killing unarmed ones in cold blood, when they could have been captured easily, is not correct. Neither law nor my conscience allows accepting this act as tolerable in a civilized society, let alone praiseworthy.

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चर्चा एनकाउंटर पर नहीं सुरक्षा में हुई बड़ी चूक पर होनी चाहिए थी हल्ला मारे गए कथित आतंकियों के कपड़ों पर नहीं शिवराज सरकार के भ्रष्ट जेल अधिकारियों पर होना चाहिए था बिना जेल-प्रशासन की मिलीभगत के आठ लोगों का त्रिस्तरीय सुरक्षा-घेरे को तोड़कर आठ किलोमीटर दूर तक पैदल पहुँच जाना संभव है क्या ? सवाल उठाना ही है तो शिवराज सरकार के गृह-मंत्री के पल-पल बदलते विरोधाभासी बयानों पर उठाईए

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यूपी में समाजवादी पार्टी में बिखराव का फायदा सीधे तौर पर काँग्रेस और बहुजन समाज पार्टी को मिलेगा.... सबसे बड़ा निर्णायक वोट बैंक मुसलमानों का होगा... प्रदेश का मुस्लिम मतदाता अपने वोटों का विभाजन करने के मूड में नहीं है… भाजपा-मोदी ब्रिगेड को सत्ता से मरहूम करने के उद्देश्य से वो जिस तरफ भी वोट करेगा एकमुश्त करेगा...

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