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"Based on that and heeding BJP president Amit Shah’s request, The director,who had even planned to make a film on the filmmaker’s troubled relationship with his wife Geeta Dutt and muse Waheeda Rehman. two sides are working to achieve. India has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on Friday. by students, ditch those diet bars and shakes,corruption is a worldwide phenomenon? Our courtsno doubthave the strength and will to actbut action without speed is doomed A functioning judiciary is the guarantor of fairness and a powerful weapon against corruption The slow pace of trials runs counter to the judicial verdict delivered in the Maneka Gandhi case that trials should be fairspeedy and equitable No one can question the judiciarys powersbut it is fair to expect that convictions will be awarded in direct proportion to the gravity of offences committed Investigation is necessary to enforce the judicial principle of crime and punishment But investigations into individual cases of corruption suffer from a lack of the broad sweep needed to overhaul the corrupt systems This task is better left to the institutions both constitutional as well as statutory andof coursethe government The criminal justice system takes its first step forward when investigations are launched promptly If these are done professionally and by using new forensic skillsjustice will be delivered speedily Investigations in some cases of disproportionate assets have floundered on account of a combination of factorsprimarily because of a flawed investigationpolitical pressure to bend the lawand the tardy pace of trials Citizens are often unaware of their rightsbut after several negative experiencesthey are slowly waking up Living under the impression that public memory is short is a death wish Trivialising the significance of institutions is an act of unpardonable self-delusion And let us not forget that political thought is expedient and bureaucratic explanations are often self-serving; together they mix well with the bane of the fight against corruption The writer is a member of the National Human Rights Commission For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsPublished: October 19 2012 3:51 am Related News The International Monetary Funds recent downgrading of the growth forecast for India from 62 per cent to 49 per cent for 2012which came on the heels of the decline in the actual growth rate to below 55 per cent in the first half of 2012has brought reforms back to the centrestage of the policy discourse Which reforms are needed and why Indias growth trajectory has been unique While most miracle-growth economiessuch as South KoreaTaiwan and Chinawere propelled by super-high manufacturing growth with a concomitant decline in the agricultural share of both GDP and employmentIndia has achieved its impressive annual growth of 82 per cent over the last nine years with a stagnant share of manufacturing in GDP While the share of agriculture in GDP declined significantlyagricultural employment has fallen at a snails pace It is services that have surged in Indiagrowing at double-digit rates Some sub-sectors such as real estate and business-related services have grown at astonishing rates of 20 per cent or more during some years This experience has led some to argue that liberalisation can claim little credit for Indias growth success as the most prominent deregulatory reforms have targeted the still sluggish manufacturing sector and further thatin view of the sluggish response of manufacturingeconomic reforms to free up the labour market are unnecessary But neither of these could be farther from the truth The economic liberalisation of the 1990s and early 2000s has contributed to the growth in services in at least two ways Firstcontrary to the reform criticsdirect liberalisation in service sectors such as telecombankingand civil aviation has been associated with galloping growthnotwithstanding the recent troubles of the last of these sectors The claim that liberalisation has been limited to manufacturing is a myth Secondand often overlookedeven if manufacturing wasnt pulling up Indias average growth over the last decadejust keeping pace with GDP meant that its growth accelerated from the 5-6 per cent range to the 8-9 per cent range In turnthis manufacturing growth has created a significant secondary source of demand for servicesboth directly for business-related services that manufacturing uses and indirectly for non-traded services such as restaurantsreal estate and tourism by contributing to rising incomes In recent work with Arvind PanagariyaI show that a 1 per cent increase in manufacturing growth was associated with a one-for-one increase in services growth We also dispel the bugaboo that services growth has not been inclusive; as entrepreneursthe Scheduled Castes (SCs)Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) have seen value added and employment in their enterprises either keep pace with overall growth or even outpace it Disadvantaged groups have capitalised on growth opportunities in services and narrowed their gap relative to the traditionally privileged forward castes While services growth thus has had a definite link to reforms and has been inclusivethe Dehejia-Panagariya studies also point to why India can ill afford to ignore manufacturing growth Looking just at 2006we find that formal urban service enterprises accounted for 719 per cent of total outputwhereas they accounted only for 29 per cent of employment In other wordsurbanformal service firms and the workers they employ are at least three times as productive as informal and rural firmsyet the latter categories employ more than 70 per cent of the service sector workforce The contrast is even sharper when looking at growth Formal firms grew at about 23 per cent annually between 2001 and 2006whereas informal firms grew at 35 per cent Looking at the largest firmsthis difference is even more dramatic: firms with 20 or more workers accounted for 21 per cent of output in 2001 and 53 per cent of service sector output in 2006while their share in employment rose only from 7 per cent to 10 per cent In other wordsthe productivity of workers in the largest service sector firms has skyrocketed What is often forgotten is the flip side of the coin: that even within the booming service sectorthere is a vast pool of highly unproductive labourworking in informal service sector firmsoften rural and often with a single employeenamely the proprietor In other wordsthe challenge of raising the productivity of the Indian workforce is not only in agriculture but also in all but the largest service sector firms Given their limited skillswhere will these workers find more productive employment It isnt realistic to take the paanshop proprietor to an IT firm Eventuallymanufacturing in particularlabour-intensive manufacturing is the only remaining answer This brings us back to the recent proposals for reforms of contract labourminimum wageand related labour laws The proposed reforms go precisely in the wrong direction: they would raise the already high labour costs in the organised sector While such increases may be popular with already well-paid and vocal organised sector workersthey will drastically cut the already meagre employment opportunities in the organised sector for those informalcontract and casual workers toiling at subsistence wages or worse Indias vast pool of low-skilled labourwhether in agriculture or servicescan ultimately only be productively employed in large-scale labour-intensive manufacturing and that requires greaternot lessflexibility in the labour laws RAJEEV DEHEJIA is a professor of public policy at the Robert F Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York UniversityUS For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by S N Balagangadhara | Published: January 21 2016 12:09 am Top News There are three ideas in the West about law that are taken as axioms First that all societies are founded on law; if they are not they ought to be The second is that law teaches and educates a people The third is their corollary: Only thus do a people become a nation As far as I know none has shown their empirical truth or proved that they are logically necessary But their truth-value is not doubted When they ruled India the British followed these axioms: They tried to educate us through law they interfered in our festivals and social practices and the state tried to educate a barbaric people by enacting “just” laws Romulus gave law to Rome and made it into a state; Moses gave law to a people and made them into a nation; Mohammed is a lawgiver; so is Manu in India These ideas are not dated apparently Today all these ideas enjoy the same currency they had during colonial rule Our prime minister launches a programme Swachh Bharat enjoining the state to teach public hygiene to Indians Strange because most Indians are focused on their hygiene: Many bathe three times a day even more do so twice and most at least once Most Indians are keen on sweeping the floors of their houses at least once a day Yet our public spaces do not enjoy the same attention Instead of figuring out how and why a hygienically oriented people think about public spaces differently the state takes upon itself the role of a teacher that should educate an unhygienic public A few years ago I was invited to meet some sadhus at the Swaminarayan temple in Delhi We were informed that my female students should not accompany me and my other male students because these sadhus practise strict brahmacharya My students were aghast at this discrimination against women which increased when they discovered that women are not allowed temple entry during certain hours when the sadhus come to perform puja I tried explaining to them that these practices are not directed against women (or anyone else) but that these are the practices of the sadhus as demanded by the vows of strict brahmacharya They were as unconvinced as my colleagues in Europe: It is clearly a case of sex discrimination I am sure that it will not be long before someone in India steps to the court challenging the practices of the devotees of Swaminarayan The courts would then interfere in the practices of a people: The Jains are violating the law when individuals decide to leave this world in a way that is respected by a people; the people in Karnataka are not allowed to observe ways of serving in temples and perform old practices because they violate human dignity; the devotees of Shabari Ayyappa discriminate when they do not “allow” menstruating women to join some practices; one must follow Muslims and Christians in terms of dress codes while visiting temples; certain games and practices are not allowed because they inflict pain either on animals or by people on themselves The list goes on endlessly Practices of different communities no matter how old and venerated should have their foundation in law Otherwise They are barbaric of course However what if the staid ideas from the West are not god’s own truth What if a society is not founded on law but sees law as a part of society that merely provides a reasonable solution to human conflicts What if law does not create a nation and that groups become a people precisely because of the colourful variety of their local practices What if law does not educate people but merely regulates reasonable interactions amongst them What if law does not dictate how people live or die but allows old customs and traditions to do their work Surely positive answers to these questions do not mean that one countenances all practices because they are traditionally sanctioned What is being asked is something different: Allow reason or law to criticise unreasonable behaviours but do not make either of the two into a foundation for human interaction What does this statement mean Here the practice of slave-owning is not being defended on grounds of its venerable ancestry Nor is it being suggested that the practices of a people which is what tradition is are immutable After all traditional pujas say Ganesh Puja have adapted themselves well to modern technology Human traditions can be criticised if found unreasonable which means leaving normative judgements behind or when they directly harm others But no evaluation rejection or change of a way of living because under a specific description it violates some or another normative principle However going in this direction requires a belief in the validity acceptability and value of one’s way of living The way Christians and Muslims dress in their places of worship is not an argument for other Indians not to dress the way they normally do in their temples How the West arranges its own society is not a knockdown argument in favour of its civilisational priority or primacy or proof of the inferiority of other ways of organising social life While this consideration is perhaps abstractly acceptable the Indian intelligentsia does not obviously believe in its truth If it did it is not possible that people seek the intervention of the apparatuses of the state in matters of human practices that carry the stamp of a tradition Looking from the outside my vantage point the Indian intelligentsia is increasingly imitating the West However apart from its thoughtlessness this move is not as simple as it appears at first sight When we take over ideas from the West we must remember to understand them as cultural beings The culture from within which we look at the West and appropriate its thoughts remains undeniably Indian As a result what we think the state is and why and how we use the courts of law have to do with the way we Indians understand the West from within the framework of our culture and traditions What guarantees us that this understanding is not flawed How do we know we are not distorting meaningful ideas in our attempts to follow Western “theories” The writer is director Research Centre Vergelijkende Cultuurwetenschap (Comparative Science of Cultures) at Ghent University Belgium For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: June 29 2017 2:10 am Top News The city experienced heavy rainfall all through the day on Wednesday According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD) similar conditions will last for the rest of the week “The enhanced activity will continue on the Western Coast for the next two to three days It is a result of low pressure formed in the Arabian Sea” said K S Hosalikar deputy director general western region IMD While the Santacruz observatory received 511 mm rainfall the Colaba observatory received 63 mm rainfall on Wednesday According to the BMC data the eastern suburbs received the maximum rainfall with 31 mm while the island city received 27 mm rainfall The western suburbs received 29 mm According to the IMD website the city would receive intermittent rainfall or thundershowers in the next 24 hours Strong gusty winds have also been predicted Fishermen were warned from venturing out to the sea “Owing to the gusty winds going up to 50 km per hour fishermen have been warned against going into the sea” added Hosalikar The BMC received 95 complaints of tree falls until Wednesday morning with the most complaints 42 from the western suburbs In Trombay a tree fell on a taxi but no one was injured Water-logging was noticed at Kamani Junction Malad Subway For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top News Saudi Arabia’s UN Ambassador Abdallah Al-Mouallimi told a briefing for a group of UN correspondents that the four nations are now committed to the six principles agreed to by their foreign ministers at a meeting in Cairo on 5 July, 2016 10:59 am Jackky Bhagnani.

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