Planning Commission is dead. Its successor must focus on ideas over implementation.
Rajasthan’s decision to ‘target’ free medicines and diagnostics is contrary to the recommended role.
But will a nodal ministry at the Centre solve all issues in a federal structure such as ours?
We are now in the slog overs and shall soon know who will be crowned champions. It’s as fast and furious as the ICC T-20 in Bangladesh or the IPL, except the winning score is 272. The final looks one sided, with the reigning champions as underdogs. Limited overs cricket and politics are both games of strategy, spin and big hitters.
Here are some cricketing terms in alphabetic order that best describe the action on the electoral field:
Arm ball: Being bowled by Rohini Nilekani as she campaigns for husband Nandan, with one arm in a sling. In Bangalore South, it could be a fractured verdict but she has taken on his opponents single handedly and, in the process, earned the title of “broken arm-aadmi party”, and says she has inside knowledge of the main player. This would be match-fixing in cricket, but could be a wicket-taking delivery in IT city.
Ashes: The original is between two teams, but now Congress hopes could turn to ashes after having held the title for two decades. If the latest opinion polls are to be believed, that tiny urn would symbolise the number of seats it is expected to get, a batting collapse in cricketing terms, and a huge setback for captain RaGa and team owner SoGa.
Corridor of uncertainty: The red light area outside the official stump in central India where Maoists are the team to beat when elections are held. Or not, depending on the crowd response for what could be described as a dead rubber.
Doosra: A very Indian word which describes a delivery that turns the opposite way from what is expected. Editor and columnist M J Akbar had earlier played for team Congress and compared Modi to Hitler; but now says he is the only hope for India to become world champions. But no one can bowl a doosra like Ramesh Tomar, who filed his nomination as a Congress candidate and switched to the BJP just before the elections, leaving the Congress no time to field a substitute. The ultimate doosra? The constituency is named after Gautam Buddha.
DRS: The Decision Review System has stung the BJP the most, the latest being it asking the EC for a ban on the beamer by CobraPost on the Babri Masjid demolition, claiming there is match fixing with a rival team.
Declaration: By the Chris Gayle of politics, Narendra Modi, whose big hitting has made him the crowd favourite. He declared Mission 272+ and has since raised it to 300. He has declared the UPA out and claimed the winner’s trophy even before the match is over.
Man-of-the-match: Arvind Kejriwal, for having retired hurt and yet continuing to project himself as a championship contender. For sheer pace and consistency, he deserves the title.
Man-of-the-match-fixing: There are a few contenders, but with the BCCI boss having been given the raised finger from the judicial umpire, it has become a relative issue. continued…