Author: Jinendra Parakh

बस्तर के लोकतंत्र को बयां करती ‘न्यूटन” फिल्म

फिल्म ‘न्यूटन” में बस्तर के अबूझमाड़ क्षेत्र के एक ऐसे दुर्गम  पोलिंग बूथ की कहानी दिखाई गई है जहाँ पहुँचना काफी मुश्किल है। यहाँ सिर्फ 76 मतदाता हैं और शांतिपूर्ण चुनाव संपन्न कराने के लिए की गई कवायदें दिखाई गई हैं। इस कहानी की पृष्ठभूमि पूरी तरह सच्ची है, सिर्फ किरदार काल्पनिक हैं। कहानी में न्यूटन नाम के किरदार ने एक ऐसे सरकारी नौकर का चेहरा दिखाया है जो नक्सलवाद जैसी बड़ी समस्या का एकमात्र समाधान लोकतंत्र के पर्व यानी चुनाव और सुशासन को मानता है। भले ही देश 70 साल पहले आजाद हुआ हो  लेकिन बस्तर आज भी...

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Awanish Sharan’s story that people should know

One of the most underrated positive aspects of the advent of privatisation and commercialisation in the Indian education system is that it has brought rampant efficiency and cut-throat competitiveness in the Indian schooling system. At that the mushrooming of international and private schools perennially has turned out to be a healthy diet for our education system. The official statistics, however shows a different reality off the record. It says 29% of kids are sent to private schools while the remaining ones are directed towards government or, for state-funded education. Thus the reality of Indian education system lies in the...

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600 million people in India still practice open defecation

The Modi Government is all set to celebrate the successful completion of three years through various progra-mmes. But the policies of the government, and its strategy of perform, reform and transform are to be evaluated. The very first policy in the index of evaluation is the Open Defecation Free scheme, under the Swachh Bharat Mission, the flagship scheme of the govern-ment. One billion people worldwide still practice “open defecation.” India alone has an estimated 600 million people defecating openly, according to a study by the United Nations, accounting for more open defecation than any other country in the world....

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Chhattisgarh leaps towards ODF status

Chhattisgarh, the predominantly tribal State is leaping towards open defecation free status. Perhaps, Chhattisgarh is the only Indian State where the State reviews achievement of open defecation free (ODF) villages, from the districts, and not, the number of toilets constructed. This shows the emphasis of the State on achievement of collective change for health benefits. The State has also actively roped in the key district officials – District Collectors and CEOs of Zilla Panchayats – to lead the programme proactively. The programme has high priority in the overall development agenda – in fact, the State has linked development schemes...

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UP polls: Unsettled road for the BJP

Now that the Modi government’s second anniversary celebrations and the demonetisation fever are over, it is time to have a look at the 2017 assembly election numbers. The figures are stark for the BJP. In fact, the results of Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala elections only prove that Delhi and Bihar were no blips on the radar but actual signboards to future. The BJP had peaked in 2014 after which it has only been able to win bipolar contests that too in states that have been ruled by the Congress or its allies for one or more...

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