April 17, 2017

Silly Season and the Stampede of Mad Hatter Notions

Visiting Fellow, Shankkar Aiyar, writes in this New Indian Express article, about the influx of notions for 15 mintues of fame, which may be dangerously driven by political considerations and 'non-application of mind stemming from the lack of capacity and inadequacy of processes'.

 

"It is no secret that waste is both a class and cultural issue in India. Apparently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged this on his radio talk. And it is an issue that needs to be addressed in a country where millions cannot afford two-square meals.

 

Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has suggested that eateries specify the amount of food served per portion—ostensibly, the subsidised canteen serving the Members of Parliament will be a starting point. It is an idea stakeholders will debate. The moot point is how this will curb wastage? Where does one start—at the brazen waste or…? 

 

Earlier this month, bars and liquor shops near highways were shut down following a Supreme Court order. There is no denying that drunken driving has and does lead to accidents, injuries and fatalities. It is equally true traffic accidents are caused by a multiplicity of causes...

 

Last week, a two-judge bench of the apex court ordered BSNL to shut down a tower. A petitioner approached the highest court of the land and argued that he was afflicted with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, caused by continued exposure to radiation due to the presence of a cellular tower in the neighbourhood...

 

A few weeks back, the government announced that schoolchildren receiving mid-day meals will be required to enroll for Aadhaar. The law on transfer of benefits (Aadhaar Act of 2016) does call for recipients of welfare to be enrolled. Equally, the Supreme Court order says Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory..."

 

Read the full article here

Topic : State Capacity / In : OP-EDS
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