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My Notes 15-March-2017 15-03-2017

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Please Follow My Notes and My Video 15-March-2017


Refractions on the election of our time

Today in Indian elections middle class is playing an important role in determining the power at the centre and states. PM Modi has resonated the ideas of the aspirational middle class and young that is based in mobility, growth and prosperity.

On the other side, developmental narrative of today has shifted from caste, class and ideology to economic progress. A clear message was sent in favor of new energy, innovation and shedding of old class of politics.

On the other side, individual aspiration is replacing collective conscience of society built around Justice, equality. Right to dissent is being compromised to look forward for an aspirational future. It is a new captive mind that is being nurtured.


Prejudices make no distinction

Prejudices are increasing among Immigrant populations in general after the Trump has become the president in USA. These prejudices have no distinctions among the people, race and religion.

Very Nature of racism is treating all people of a particular color or ethnicity as an undifferentiated mass, erasing individuality, distinctiveness and humanity. So, a collective fight is necessary. Differentiating oneself from other victims of racism will not provide a solution. The way forward is

  1. Indian Americans shall engage on the issues of civil rights, political participation and racism.
  2. Indian Americans shall join in hands with all others who suffer from racism in the country to build a collective narrative.



Scotland first minister Ms. Sturgeon  has recently demanded for a second referendum on Scotland s separation from UK.  Brexit has fueled this demand again and it is neither in the interests of UK or Scotland.

  1. Economy of Scotland is not very strong and fiscal deficit is very high.
  2. Large share of Scotland trade is with UK.
  3. EU may not be readily welcoming Scotland in to its fold as it may send wrong signals to other countries like Spain that are facing a threat of secession.


Interview of Shyam Saran – important for personality test

Early visit of Prime Minister Modi to USA will have a positive impact

  1. India – USA relations

A)     Growing relations between two countries has bipartisan support and is expected to move forward. USAs foreign policy under Trump is not very clear. But it is still going to continue as global military and technology super power.

B)     Visas are considered as immigration issue rather than a trade Issue. Taking the matters to WTO will be of little help. Our narrative shall be on the business gains USA is making because  of immigrants. India’s market for technology products created in USA . Added to this, India’s tech Industry shall look beyond USA for opportunities.

  1. India china relations –

a)      Future of the relations between these two countries depend on the way they solve their bilateral issues. Border issue is dominant among them. The  Political Parameters and Guiding Principles concluded between the twocountries, it was agreed that settled populations would be taken into account in any settlement. Some indications are coming from china for settlement of border dispute.

b)      India – china relations shall not be seen from the prism of India- USA relations. There is no Zero sum game in diplomacy. China’s effort towards peace in Afghanistan is indeed benefits India.

c)      Trade – India shall enhance its trade competitiveness

3) India – Russia –  Russia has more focused on its relations with china and Europe. It s growing relations with Pakistan shall be a concern for India.


Not so accessible for all

Rights of persons with disabilities bill, 2016 has expanded the number of disabilities covered by law. Added to this, accessible India campaign (sugamya Bharat Abhiyan) has promised for making public documents accessible in all formats to disabled. It hasn t happened till date.




As per NSSO survey, computing ability remains very low for India. Regional, Inter state disparities are very high. An estimated 8.8% of rural population has computing ability and in urban areas it is around 30.2%. Chhattisgarh has the lowest ability with 2.9% and Kerala at 32.3%.



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