Why did Narendra Modi allegedly allow horse-trading overtures in Karnataka though he swears to uproot corruption from public life? Which is part of a bigger question: Why don’t political leaders keep their promises? This phenomenon is best enunciated by Machiavelli in his seminal work Discourses on Livy, where he compares how the dilettante politician recognises the impracticality of the promises he made in the plaza (public square) when he reaches the palace. Where the hyperbole and … [Read more...] about Why did Narendra Modi allegedly allow horse-trading overtures in Karnataka?
Machiavelli said, "the ruler's virtuous actions can also bring harm". He cites the example of Pertinax, the Roman emperor who after taking over from his predecessor Commodus, mandated his soldiers to live an honest and Spartan life. These soldiers were accustomed to living licentiously under Commodus. They started hating Pertinax for withdrawing their privileges and he was overthrown and assassinated soon. His army then even auctioned the post of the emperor, bringing the state of affairs to an … [Read more...] about Centre’s Move To Scrap MP Airfare DA Draws Flak Across Party Lines: Narendra Modi Faces Side-Effects Of Political Reform
Any account of how the Modi government has fared on this front should begin with what the BJP promised in the 2014 election manifesto and whether and to what extent has it been able to keep these promises. Staying within the area of my expertise, I will restrict my argument to the medical technology and hospital sector and assess the government’s performance on some of the most important indices. These two sectors, coincidentally, are those where the government has been most active. The BJP … [Read more...] about Modi: The Much-Needed Antibiotic – Some Side Effects too
On Saturday, Ravinder, an e-rickshaw driver in Delhi, perhaps inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swachh Bharat initiative, objected to two young men urinating in the open. He requested that they use a public toilet. They responded by returning with a dozen others and bludgeoning him to death. File image of Narendra Modi. PTI File image of Narendra Modi. PTI It would be simplistic to attribute their rage to our society’s feudal instinct where offenders from a higher socio-economic … [Read more...] about Narendra Modi’s Swachh Bharat: A mission without backing of law makes guinea pigs out of eager votaries
Originally Published in BioSpectrum Sept 2017 … [Read more...] about Demystifying The Medical Technology Sector