Why do democratic governments hide trade negotiations that have dire consequences for public services?
THIS is the age of leaks. And thank goodness for that. Not just by WikiLeaks, the bête noire of secretive governments, but by bands of public-spirited individuals and organisations who have been instrumental in laying bare the machinations of corporate lobbies in shaping major trade agreements.
No dearth of funds for agri credit and new institutions
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley cannot be accused of unveiling a populist budget except perhaps with agriculture. In a budget speech which went on for 140 minutes, proposals on agriculture speckled it from the middle to almost the very end. There were huge funding announcements and a rash of new research institutes to be set up in various parts of the country but overall it gave no clue as to what the Narendra Modi government’s vision is to revive and revitalise the primary sector.
Khunti, the most tribal of Jharkhand’s districts, has gone to the polls. With nearly three-quarters of its people adivasi, the reserved seat has been through yet another campaign which can be termed “interesting” for want of a better word.