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For whom the bell tolls? Towards speedy justice Demise of a media baron... China invests in India Kudos to NDTV... Silver Years of Madras Musings Adharma of opposition politics A think tank for Chennai When nations steal growth from one another… A friendly business group A yen for wastage… R Sridhar steps down as CEO of Shriram Capital Roaring Ro-Ro facility Bihar – Nitish Kumar adopts the Lalu model ONGC at KG Basin Reliance’s TV – 18 ready to launch Tamil News Channel Delhi Chalo... There was flood of milk. Reason: no milk commissioner! TELANGANA at last…BUT The brown list of Venkitaramanan The star of Spencers is no more Road development slows down Russi Mody – a tribute Protest masters... Valli, they are more marginalised The few handicaps... The balancing act Modi storms Silicon Valley Come elections, come advertisements... Lalu’s envy, India’s pride Fortune 500 review Streamlining mandatory third party cover Tribute How Air-India loses customs... GM Technology at last! 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Convulsions in The Hindu New IT products of Ramco in the pipeline… Fall in crude prices help in oil sector reform The ‘Ayyo-yes’ is no more …and of a popular trade leader Padma Bhushan for A Ramakrishna Tribute – Manikam Ramaswami Kinetic Karnataka Recognition to role of NBFCs.... The Jan Dhan bonanza The Swadeshi Trump More Shakti to resource mobilisation... Return to king coal for urea... Chennai and Kolkata miss opportunity to grow as Delhi and Mumbai Solar thermal shines… All eyes on Sankara Nethralaya Wise Presidents CSR and CMI: promise of another Srinivasan Ramanujan... Liberal imports idling indigenous capacities Where is Rajaji? Multi-faceted Venkat TIAM turns a full cycle Of course, Gujarat is vibrant Air Asia India will set new benchmarks for budget travel SoA @ 80 Permanent secretariat for TN GIM The Ports’ Pasha expands into Tamil Nadu Why land prices zoom in TN? 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Adharma of opposition politics

A dominant feature of regional politics seems to have spread in full measure to the federal government in Delhi: parties in opposition routinely oppose every move of the party in power. The AIADMK versus DMK tussle over any and every issue has been well-known for decades. Quite sadly such an approach is increasingly seen in Delhi. In this every major political party has to take the blame. Remember, Arun Jaitley eloquently justifying his party’s success in paralysing Parliament over several issues, demanding fervently and frequently the resignation of then Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh?

This is nothing new to Congress. Remember the Young Turks in the 1970s and subsequently the shouting brigades of the Grand Old Party disrupting Parliament’s functioning? Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mayawati, et al so effectively copied these tactics. And our witnessing its worst form over the Telangana issue with the traditionally docile southern MPs turning violent?

So the tradition has now become a convention. Now the Congress so effectively stalls several of its own well-thought out schemes. eg: Land acquisition bill, GST bill and the Aadhaar bill. It could have graciously taken ownership of these beneficial legislations and paved the way for governance built on consensus among political parties. One can understand the congenital deformity of a Mani Shankar Aiyar to pour venom and vitriol over anything Modi and BJP do. A Digvijaya Singh, Anand Sharma, P Chidambaram and Jairam Ramesh have routinely joined him with unabashed unconcern.  How eloquently these people advocated the very issues they are now vehemently criticising!

The Aadhar Bill is the first major attempt to deliver the subsidy benefit directly to the beneficiary. Its effectiveness in regard to the LPG subsidy has been proved beyond doubt. In the process it has drastically reduced bogus claims and brought about humongous savings to the exchequer. Extending this to cover fertilizer and food subsidies would fall in line with the UPA government’s desire to contain subsidies. Look at the enormity of the subsidy involved, of over Rs 250,000 crore!

The immediate need is to build consensus on issues of great concern to the nation. Leaders of major political parties would do well to work on this.

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