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Event report: How India’s Economy Changed Track: A Retrospective of Politics and Public Policy (includes audio)

India's achievements in education were mixed, says the Congress MP. Audio: How India’s Economy Changed Track: A Retrospective of Politics and Public Policy   The economic reforms that started in 1991 have helped cut poverty significantly even as inequality has widened appreciably, said Jairam Ramesh, Member of Parliament, and author of a book To the Brink and Back: India’s 1991 Story. “Poverty has declined significantly since 1991 while inequality has gone up during the same period. Inequality has become sharper; it has become worse. Inequality in health, inequality in access to education, the inequality in access to public services has certainly gone up after 1991. This is the paradox of reforms,” Mr. Ramesh said, during a panel discussion and interaction on “25th Year of Reforms: A Retrospective of What Happened in June-July 1991” with Mukund Padmanabhan, Editor, The Hindu. The former Union Minister in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government said if one did an analysis of the balance sheet of what happened after 1991, on the positive side of the balance sheet one would have the improved access to consumer goods. “The consumption side of life has become much better as people don’t have to wait for weeks to get a phone or gas connection or book a railway ticket,” Mr. Ramesh said. “But after 1991 on the debit side what happened was inequality increased, secondly public systems collapsed, health system collapsed, public education system collapsed. In education though enrolment rates have gone up when it came to quality it suffered,” he said. While India’s private health system has become world class, the public health system had suffered. Citing an example, he said, Hyderabad was now regarded among the best in the world in terms of tertiary health care but if one drove just half-an-hour outside the city one would find a primary health centre where there would be more mice, cats and cobwebs than doctors or patients. “To me this is one of the most significant things that we have not paid attention to,” he said. India's achievements in education were mixed, said Mr. Ramesh. In an introduction to the event, N. Ravi, Director, Kasturi & Sons Ltd. and former Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu, said, “Jairam Ramesh has tapped not just his memory but also his records in the keeping of which he was systematic and meticulous.” Mr. Ravi was referring to Mr. Ramesh’s book. Source: The Hindu

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Post-1991, inequality has widened: Ramesh

India's achievements in education were mixed, says the Congress MP The economic reforms that started in 1991 have helped cut poverty significantly even as inequality has widened appreciably, said Jairam Ramesh, Member of Parliament, and author of a book To the Brink and Back: India’s 1991 Story . Source: The Hindu , Chennai, July 30, 2016 Read More.. News reports from: The Hindu Business Line , 2016. " Jairam Ramesh points to irony of reforms: poverty down, but inequalities elsewhere ", July 29. The New Indian Express , 2016. " Collapse of healthcare system a concern ", July 30. Last accessed July 30, 2016. HTMedia Syndication , 2016. " Collapse of healthcare system a concern ", July 30. Last accessed July 30, 2016. Related links: Introduction by N. Ravi , Director, Kasturi & Sons Ltd., and former Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu. [PDF 89 KB] Background Note by The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy , How India’s Economy Changed Track: A Retrospective of Politics and Public Policy . [PDF 190 KB] Audio Link : How India’s Economy Changed Track: A Retrospective of Politics and Public Policy

How India’s Economy Changed Track: A Retrospective of Politics and Public Policy

The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy is organising a public discussion with Jairam Ramesh , Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha), Former Union Minister, Senior Visiting Fellow, The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, and author of To the Brink and Back: India’s 1991 Story (2015), on July 29, 2016 (Friday), at 5.30 p.m. at Kasturi Srinivasan Hall, The Music Academy, Royapettah, Chennai. Jairam Ramesh will be in conversation with Mukund Padmanabhan , Editor, The Hindu, on 25 th Year of Reforms: A Retrospective of What Happened in June-July 1991 , followed by interaction with the audience. This Background Note is prepared by The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy to set the issue in context. Click here to download the Background Note [PDF 3.20 MB]

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Event: 25th Year of Reforms: A Retrospective of What Happened in June-July 1991

The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy invites you to a Public Discussion with Jairam Ramesh , MP, Former Union Minister, Senior Visiting Fellow, The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, and author of To the Brink and Back: India’s 1991 Story (2015) , on July 29, 2016 (Friday), at 5.30 p.m. Jairam Ramesh will be in conversation with Mukund Padmanabhan , Editor, The Hindu on the theme, 25th Year of Reforms: A Retrospective of What Happened in June-July 1991 , followed by public interaction. Venue: Kasturi Srinivasan Hall, The Music Academy, Old no. 306, New no. 168, T.T. Krishnamachari Road, Royapettah, Chennai 600014. Registrations open on July 25, 2016 . Please send your name, email ID and phone number to email [email protected] or call +914428524445 (10 a.m. and 6 p.m.)

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Ruling in favour of a Tamil author, Perumal Murugan, the Madras High Court, on July 5, 2016, dismissed petitions which included seeking the forfeiture of all copies of a Tamil book, titled Madhorubagan, and its English translation, One Part Woman . The novel, set in Tiruchengode, a town in Tamil Nadu, describes the agonies of a childless couple. As the Judgment sums it up, "In essence, the novel seeks to relate the travails and tribulations of a childless couple and the barbs of the society against it, while the couple seeks to battle it out against social and familial pressures. Somewhere, the family pressures gain an upper hand and what transpires to assist procreation is the troubling area of the story." Petitioners had alleged, among other charges, that the novel was "blasphemous, outrageous, defamatory, offensive and morally unacceptable." The original Tamil novel was written in 2010 and released in January 2011, at the Chennai Book Fair. The English translation was released in 2013. Both versions won critical acclaim. However, Perumal Murugan's troubles started later, in December 2014, when "voices were raised against him that he had defamed Tiruchengode town and the womenfolk and the community." The controversy pushed the author to living in virtual exile, issuing an unconditional apology, and subsequently, posting his own obituary as a writer on his Facebook page. A Bench of the Madras High Court, comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana, observed: "If you do not like a book, simply close it. The answer is not its ban." The full text of the judgment can be accessed through the following link: Resources: Perumal Murugan Judgment by Mr. Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Chief Justice, and Mrs. Justice Pushpa Sathyanarayana, Madras High Court. [PDF 676 KB] Source: Madras High Court

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