Dr Rathin Roy, member of PM’s Economic Advisory Council, blames ‘structural problems’ lasting years for plateauing domestic consumption, believes smart policy and not expensive schemes will help meet targets, and explains why he thinks railways and smaller cities are collapsing
IMD Director General K J Ramesh says the aim is to ensure that there are no casualties from cyclones, says Fani won’t impact the monsoon, points out that the Met Department’s rainfall predictions are “getting better”, and details how they are improving systems for other hazards
Baramati MP Supriya Sule sees defections from party as erosion of ideology, terms BJP a regressive party and says nothing wrong in Sharad Pawar’s “personal relations” with Modi, lists jobs and agriculture as prime poll issues, and says Cong-NCP will do better this time
Union Minister for Law and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad questions methodology of NSSO survey, clarifies the govt stand on judicial appointments, says Women’s Reservation Bill needs debate and calls for Ram temple hearing to be expedited
Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma talks about the challenge of catching up with the “well-funded” BJP’s digital campaign and says the Congress won’t cede seats to Opposition parties in states where there is a direct contest with the BJP.
The NSDC CEO says the problem is not jobs but wages, puts the difference in salaries of individuals after skilling at Rs 12,000 annually, notes that while automation is leading to loss of jobs, it is also creating many, and stresses need to introduce skilling courses in schools.
The NGMA Director General says Amol Palekar had every right to say what he wanted but he was misinformed, denies any move to curtail space to independent artists, explains why the gallery has not added new works, and talks about bringing art to children.
Trinamool Congress Parliamentary Party leader (Rajya Sabha) Derek O’Brien calls CBI action against Kolkata Police Commissioner “political vendetta”, denies cracks in Opposition’s unity, asserts foundation of next govt will be laid down by states, and says the BJP is not a threat in Bengal
Senior lawyer H S Phoolka is optimistic that the Sajjan Kumar verdict will have a bearing on all mob violence cases, calls for a law without loopholes to tackle such crimes, talks about his experience during the riots, blames the system for institutional authority not being fixed, and says any Congress apology must be sincere
Bengal FM Amit Mitra talks about demonetisation, the problems with GST, failing Centre-state relations, the need for protecting and building institutions such as the RBI and CBI, investments in the state, and what the BJP “doesn’t get about Bengal".
Chairman of the Dalit Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Milind Kamble says the word ‘Dalit’ binds the country emotionally, asserts that the 4 per cent procurement law ensures social, financial inclusion of Dalit entrepreneurs, urges the government to push harder to meet Stand Up India targets, backs the US model to encourage Dalit SMEs […]
A prominent Dalit leader from Maharashtra, Ramdas Athawale has been raising the issues concerning the Dalits in the government. In this edition of Idea Exchange, he talks about the community’s issues and answers questions on how India can counter cas
Before being a Minister Of State, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was an ace shooter who represented India at the world stage numerous times. Since taking Charge as MoS, Youth Affairs and Sports, and I&B, he has been busy implementing and promoting various sports schemes, including the ‘Khelo India’ initiative. In this snippet from the Idea Exchange […]
Before being a Minister Of State, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was an ace shooter who represented India at the world stage numerous times. Since taking Charge as MoS, Youth Affairs and Sports, and I&B, he has been busy implementing and promoting various sports schemes such as ‘Khelo India’, ‘Target Olympic Podium’, etc. In this edition of […]