“NREGS necessarily challenges the prevailing power structures, in some cases quite substantially. Therefore attempts to oppose or subvert the correct and full implementation of the scheme in rural areas are only to be expected. Nevertheless, the extent to which the scheme is being implemented with even partial success in many parts of the country, including some very backward pockets, is already a source of optimism.” Jayati Ghosh examines the NREGS experience in this paper presented at the International Conference on NREGA organized by the Ministry of Rural Development and ICAR. Online exclusively on Pragoti.
"The White Tiger is selling good in the market as it expectedly should". Siddharthya Roy reviews Arvind Adiga's "The White Tiger".
Ghajini is a violent tale of individual retribution and revenge, in essence no different from hundreds of other such films, from Hollywood to Bombay to Madras to Hyderabad to Lahore, about a super-strong hero destroying, single-handed, an evil villain. Ghajini is an assault on the audiences’ intelligence. Actually, many parts are just an assault – loud, jarring, over the top. The movie is just plain dumb. The film could have been, but is not, the nightmare that could have haunted the head honchos of Enron and Satyam, and indeed countless others, as they face meltdown, liquidation, bankruptcy and pauperization.says Sudhanva Deshpande.
Member of the Central Secretariat of the CPI(M),Nilotpal Basu shares his thoughts on the terror attack in Mumbai. Rebuffing the parochial campaign that has been launched by media and the frenzied right wing apparatchiks , Comrade.Basu highlights the need for a political solution which should include the strengthening of democratic institutions, and which should be distinct from the US directed “War on Terror”.