Posts

Showing posts from November, 2015

Let's have Military Rule sans sudden coup...

A periodic dose of military rule will help us appreciate the value of 'Freedom' and the associated responsibility that ought to accompany it.
We often hear it said that we get the government, (and the municipal corporation, and the police) we deserve.
But methinks we are asking for, indeed we need a good dose of ... military rule. No don't look West to locate and quote a history of coups. Instead calm down and read on - For a period of about 6 months before every election, let us have the military personnel administer India, ie, the function of governance will be carried out by the three defence forces, supported by the paramilitary, the Territorial Army, and the Home Guards. A civilian will still head government, don't worry - the President, as S.C.A.F. A periodic dose of military rule will help us appreciate the value of 'Freedom' and the associated responsibility. "Responsibility is the price of freedom", ... whether it is freedom of speech, freedom of …

EFCC - is it Economy, Finance and Crony Capitalism?

MoEFCC is the acronym for the Ministry of Environment-Forests-ClimateChange, but it is headed by a Minister for 'Economy, Finance and Crony Capitalism' .... "Please see how systematically the so called MoEF&CC (because it is now doubtful if this Ministry is any longer the custodian of the nation's ecological security) is hell bent on diluting environmental norms left, right and centre: The first part of this series, by biologist TR Shankar Raman, showed how the ministry stopped considering the hydrological value of forests -- the rivers and streams they give birth to.  India is diluting forest protection by ignoring this one vital thingThe concluding part, by environmental lawyer Shibani Ghosh, focuses on the ministry's attempts to stop considering public health while granting clearances in critically polluted areas.Is India’s pollution control agency weakening pollution regulation? It is also a matter of grave concern when such issues do not figure in mainstr…