It has been 10 years after P V Narasimha Rao, the country's Prime Minister from 1991 to 1996, died. India's history would have been different had Rao led the Congress to re-election in the 1996 general elections. Had it won, the Congress might have had the real chance to break loose of the Nehru-Gandhi family's vice-like grip. However, what followed a few years after the 1996 elections was political theatre. Within months, Rao had to quit as president of party, but his downfall was not complete until the representative of the first family, Sonia Gandhi, was anointed party chief in 1998.
Seasoned journalist Rajdeep Sardesai's 2014:The Election that Changed India is compiled to give the perspective and remedial thoughts, how elections in India are now much more complex than the conventional tussle of ballets.
For 60 years, banks have been using the excuse of lack of branch penetration for all round poor performance on priority sector lending, differential rate of interest lending and self-help-group linkages, even as poor remain largely unbanked.
As Narendra Modi government is rolling out various initiatives to accelerate growth and ameliorate the standard of living of the 1.2 billion people, Sameer Kochhar's new book titled Defeating Poverty: Jan Dhan and Beyond should be an eye-opener for policymakers of yesteryears as well as those at the helm right now. While poverty eradication has been a national priority since the day India attained Independence, the country still has about 300 million people surviving on subsistence income.
When we talk of government services, the image of long queues, unending delays, chaotic offices and piles of paper, automatically crops in our mind. This was true for all levels of government - the Centre, the states as well as the local bodies. However, things are changing gradually for better with the use of information and communication technology. Some of the organisations have successfully transformed their way of functioning and service delivery system with the help of modern technology.
Acquisition of land by government and corporates has lately drawn resistance in many cases due to inadequate compensation and loss of livelihoods of the affected people, as well as for involuntary displacement without proper rehabilitation. NC Saxena analyses the issues related to land acquisition in respect of the new laws and its impact on infrastructure and industry
Vinod Rai is not just accountant - he is an impulsive writer too who writes diary to keep the conscience of the nation, as confirmed by him through the title of his truly sensational book.
Inheriting a legacy of jobless growth is not a very happy situation for any new government. But Narendra Modi took up this daunting challenge as an opportunity to unleash some of the radical labour reforms - one that not only would please labourers but also meet the needs of India Inc, steps that remove irritants in doing business and help in reducing compliance time and cost.