Yogi Aggarwal

Yogi Aggarwal

Yogi Aggarwal

The promise of building India

One of the sectors where finance minister Arun Jaitley has been forward looking and has reflected the Narendra Modi-led government’s priorities is in his budgeted expenditure on infrastructure.

Vultures circle promised land

When the Land Acquisition Act was passed by the colonial British government in 1894, it was mainly used to acquire land for the then growing railway network.

Vultures circle promised land

When the Land Acquisition Act was passed by the colonial British government in 1894, it was mainly used to acquire land for the then growing railway network. The sarkar’s prerogative ruled over all lowly matters like peasant rights to compensation and livelihood.

Modi & big business

Amidst euphoria over Narendra Modi’s victory in the Lok Sabha election, his cohorts might take the raising of any uncomfortable questions as arising from mere ill will. But the questions are relevant and will not go away.

The rescue capsule

The balance between guarding the potential damage to the environment by an industrial activity such as mining and its benefit to society is a delicate one.

The mystical manifesto

Is it better to vote for a devil you know or for one you don’t? The question assumes relevance on reading the manifestos of the two leading political parties for the 2014 elections, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party. They both make their usual quota of promises, without any assurance that these will be met, but there is a difference.

Transfer of cash & responsibility?

The curious thing about subsidies being replaced by the so-called direct cash transfer scheme is that the initiative is unlikely to have the effect the government hopes for and the Opposition fears.

Despite being a hack for more than three decades, I am yet to be invited for any political iftar party. Thereby, no one can accuse me of holding a grouse against any leader for not marking an invite to me. Throughout his 13 years as the chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi never hosted one, breaking a tradition that his predecessor Keshubhai Patel followed.

Rarely in a diplomat’s career is one lucky enough to have a posting that is important and interesting, combining the elements of classic diplomacy with the new tools of development diplomacy, new media and social networks. Israel and India established full diplomatic relations just 22 years ago during the time of P.V. Narasimha Rao.