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Embed: 02-03-15 -- Jayshree Venkatesan Budget article/The Incredible Rise of Arvind Kejriwal/Ruchika Singh/ Arkotong Longkumer

Copies of the Union Budget 2015 being brought to Parliament House for distribution to MPs and the media after Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget-2015 in New Delhi on February 28, 2015. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

Budget 2015-16

A Vision Beyond Subsidies and Sops for Growth

Jayshree Venkatesan

The Budget presented by the Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, on Feb. 28, 2015, makes a case for inclusive growth within the framework of "business-like development". Though these are important steps, the uptake of services and the long term success of programmes also depends on building individual capabilities, says Jayshree Venkatesan, emphasising that the outcome of this vision for growth will depend on the manner in which the policies outlined are implemented.

Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi. - FILE PHOTO: SHANKER CHAKRAVARTY

Essay

Reaching for the Stars: The Incredible Rise of Arvind Kejriwal

Vidya Subrahmaniam

Five years ago, Arvind Kejriwal was far from being the man of the masses he is today. He abhorred politics and politicians and was in no quandary about enlisting the right wing in his anti-corruption fight. From that to his emergence as a natural leader of the poor and minorities, is a riveting story as riven with contradictions as it is full of surprises.
The Hindu Centre's Senior Fellow Vidya Subrahmaniam, who as a correspondent with The Hindu followed Kejriwal's public life since 2006, traces his rise from activism to political stardom.

Ruchika Singh_Policy Report No.7

Policy Report No. 7

Intra-party Democracy and Indian Political Parties

Ruchika Singh

This report examines the status of intra-party democracy in the two major political parties of India — the Indian National Congress (INC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). It focuses on understanding the inclusiveness and decentralisation in two main aspects of intra-party democracy: the candidate nomination process and the selection of leaders and office bearers. Analyses presented in this report are based on an extensive literature survey, data analysis and interviews conducted with party officials, former Election Commissioners and representatives of civil society organisations.

The Arena

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Governor of Nagaland, B.P. Acharya (left), at the inaugural function of the Hornbill festival in Kisama Heritage village in the outskirts of Kohima on Dec. 01, 2014. - PHOTO: RITU RAJ KONWAR

Inserting Hindutva in Nagaland

Arkotong Longkumer

The Naga resistance, which is as old as Indian independence, has consistently fought for a homeland. South Asia's longest running political conflict has only been tempered by ceasefire agreements between the Indian government and specific Naga groups.

Resources

Union Budget 2015-16

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the Union Budget 2015-16 at the Lok Sabha on February 28, 2015. The Key features of the Budget [274 KB], Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's budget speech [124 KB], Budget at a glance [613 KB], Finance Bill 2015 [364 KB] and the Macro-economic Framework Satement [245 KB] can be accessed here as PDF documents.

Events

Rajya Sabha MP Jairam Ramesh adressing the public lecture on Climate Change and India's Energy Policy in Bengaluru on Monday. Photos: The Hindu : Sampath Kumar G P

Individuals can reduce India’s carbon footprint: Jairam Ramesh

In a public lecture on climate change, Jairam Ramesh explores the various energy alternatives that the country has in reducing its carbon footprint and says that India has a pivotal role in global climate change negotiations. The lecture was organised by The Hindu Centre and the National Institute for Advanced Studies on November 10, 2014, in Bengaluru.

Constructing Heritage : Lecture by Romila Thapar

The Second Rukmini Devi Memorial Lecture delivered by Romila Thapar, Emeritus Professor in Ancient History, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, on Dec. 20, 2014, at Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai.

It is indeed an honour for me to have been invited to give this lecture, and I greatly appreciate it. Kalakshetra has been something of a legend from the time it was founded by Rukmini Devi and subsequently for the work that it sustains. The respect for the institution grows both for the attention it gives to what we regard as our heritage and for helping in the construction of an on-going heritage. Since both history and heritage conduct a dialogue between the past and the present, we have much to talk about.

‘Heritage’ means that which is inherited. It is used for many things – from genes to geometrical patterns, from property to culture. It was once assumed that heritage is what has been handed down to us by our ancestors, neatly packaged, which we pass on to our descendants, as is implicit in the term, parampara. We sometimes call it tradition. This is what goes into the making of our cultures and our civilization. Heritage is thought of as static whereas tradition is said to mould our way of life. We prefer to think that these have been passed down from generation to generation, relatively untouched. But the more we seek to understand them, the more we realize that each generation changes the contents, sometimes marginally and sometimes substantially.

    Editorial

    There are several features of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s first full-year Budget presented in Parliament on Saturday that are notable, such as the effort to widen the social security and pension net, the plan to severely penalise those holding illegal foreign accounts and assets, and the proposals to monetise idle gold holdings in the country.



    But for the Budget to click, it all depends upon implementation and delivery



    CONTROVERSY

    Preamble politics
    V. VENKATESAN

    There are rising concerns about a possible amendment to the Preamble to the Constitution to delete the words "socialism" and "secularism".


    The Economic Survey, 2014-15, was tabled in Parliament on Feb. 27, 2015. The two-volume Survey [6.8 MB] and the Statistical Appendix [746 KB] can be accessed here as PDF documents.