proclamation of financial emergency – the only way out of this nationwide crisis

let’s talk real. majority of citizens are struggling with their finances. factories, offices, shops are shut. since there is no way for anybody, save those employed with various governments and government bodies, to make money, the onus lies on governments to provide relief. agreed, a few big corporates will pay salaries during the lockdown period from their reserves and some bosses driven by ethics and morality will also do so. but india is a big, big country. nearly 90 percent of total workforce is employed in the informal sector and most of the employers will find it impossible to pay their workers due to nil cash flows and unavailability of reserves earmarked for such situations. amid all this, the governments are charging for electricity and other supplies. they are doing so since the employees of the state and state-owned enterprises will be paid their salaries in full. but is this justified? at a time when companies are laying off workers

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re-inventing higher education – rationalize the duration of programs

an undergraduate program in commerce takes at least 3 years, for engineering degree, one has to give at least 4 years and so on. whenever we talk of reforming education, the debate revolves around making education more skill-oriented and advanced in view of the prevailing industrial landscape. do we ever deliberate over re-thinking the duration of programs? no because we are now used to think that an undergrad degree needs a minimum 3 years commitment. but ask yourself. being a degree holder in some discipline you too have spent at least 3 years in learning the advanced aspects of some domain, say law, commerce or engineering. but what if the institution ran only a 1-year specialized program instead of 3 years, the successful completion of which would have secured you the degree? isn’t the argument sustainable? the rationale here is access to information has evolved in past few years. today, learners do not have to rely on classroom sessions for

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from ‘news’ to ‘fake news’

when donald trump targeted a cnn reporter saying that you represent ‘fake news’, not many media persons were amused. the fact is, why will they be? After all, they were a unified lot that worked to prevent trump from occupying the most powerful office in the world. many news outlets even explicitly endorsed hillary clinton in the 2016 presidential race. but is this how media houses are expected to function? ‘news’, but where is it? today, we just watch and listen to analysis, debates, deliberations and like. just a few percentage is what that can be categorised as ‘news’. so, they are not reporting news, they are, rather and sadly, making news, distorting truth, and serving the public with nothing more than insensible, and many a time, unsubstantiated, non-sense stories. but why did this reach such heights? why did ‘sensationalism’ overshadow ‘genuine reporting’? there is no hard guessing, it’s the unprecedented rise in the number of media houses and the cut-throat

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common man in bank queues, government or banks at fault?

who is to be blamed for the hardships faced by common man? who stands accountable, the government or our banks, let’s discuss and conclude. demonetization and its effects, repercussions, pluses, minuses are being debated all over the country. tea shops, newsrooms, rails and roads are overwhelmed with discussion over this, everyone is portraying herself as a master of economics, a predictor of future events. is this what we need? let us put an end to this fruitless debate and focus on what matters the most. the common man is ending up frustrated, unserved and underserved at bank branches and atms. it is not to be forgotten that any government is tasked with framing policies and programmes, implementation rests on public institutions. and banks were the foremost implementing agency when it came to serving citizens post-demonetization. we ask- was it the job of the government to direct banks on how to manage exchange and withdrawal of currency post 8 November announcement? we ask-

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