Monthly Archives: May 2011

Powering Bihar, Alternative Route

The centre keeps putting in costly ads providing its success reports on ‘Bharat Nirman’ including that of rural electrification. When I visited Pipra last March, I noticed a board declaring Pipra already covered in Rajiv Gandhi Rural electrification scheme. In … Continue reading

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Bihar: Lack of Capacity for Post Matric Education

Nitish has brought about almost a revolution in primary education. The pink buildings all around even in the remote villages are those new temples built or refurbished in last few years. However, 100% enrolment with no dropouts is still a … Continue reading

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Raju, Raja and Kani- Crime, Punishment and Destiny

Years ago as a child, I read a story of Valmiki, the poet of the great epic Ramayana. Valmiki was a bad man. He looted and robbed. Once he met a hermit and tried to take away his belongings. The … Continue reading

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Bihar: Need of Water Conservation

I get amazed when I hear the news of water level in various parts of Bihar going down and wells for drinking water getting dried. It is happening in a state with large number of famous rivers flowing through it. … Continue reading

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A Conversation between an IITian and an Aspirant

OP Khanna, my friend from Bangalore mailed me this story. On a Sunday, it makes a good reading. Many a times, we hardly realize the worth of the man with whom we happen to talk. You enjoy and have your … Continue reading

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Mamata Miracle- Can She bring back Bengal’s old glory?

Mamata Banerjee fought as an indefatigable one-man army for three decade against huge and brute left, bruised physically and defeated many a times. But what a performance she gave in a memorable final assault that will be historic in every … Continue reading

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Why is Corporate India Greedy for Land?

For me who was attached with Hindustan Motors for almost 36 years, any good news however small it is becomes exciting. I was very happy to read such a headline in Mint- ‘Hindustan Motors posts Rs75 lakh net profit in … Continue reading

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Sashi Panja: HM’s own girl

Shashi Panja, 48 is the daughter of late PV Krishnaih who lived his whole life in Hind Motor colony, is the new MLA from Shyampukur. Mr. Krishnaih, then Chief Industrial Engineer was from the first batch of IIT, Kharagpur. I … Continue reading

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Insensitive Government, Meek Middle Class

I was surprised when yesterday Mother Dairy boy announced an increase of Rs 2 on a litre of all types of milk. In the evening news I was shocked when I heard that petrol will be costlier by Rs 5 … Continue reading

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Mamta and Nitish

I came across many columnists advising Mamta to take some lessons from Nitish and the way he focused on development politics that has made him win the assembly election second time. Nitish replaced Lalu’s clan with 15 years of indomitable … Continue reading

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