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Promoting Hindi as medium of news over Kokborok will backfire

Discarding the importance of indigenous language will backfire. Promoting Hindi will not be done by sidelining Kokborok

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The failure to recognize local or indigenous languages was one of the major sources of conflict in many countries. Even it played a profound role in the creation of Bangladesh, as Pakistan adopted Urdu as the national language. This alienated those who spoke Bengali in East Pakistan and the students protested. The rest is history.

Tripura government’s move to make Hindi as medium of news leaves Kokborok, the indigenous language of the state, sidelined

So, local languages have their own importance. An indigenous language is intertwined with the very culture of people living in the respective locality. India’s powerful nationalistic organization, the RSS, has been the advocates of promoting local languages since its inception. Even though they are the staunch supporters of the Hindi-movement, the RSS organizations are known for their sensible stands on indigenous languages.

But some reports appeared in national media outlets in last two days state that Tripura’s ruling BJP-IPFT government has given a proposal to make Hindi as medium of news on all local TV channels instead of Kokborok. If the reports are credible, the BJP government got it wrong this time on languages. It will definitely boomerang.

The unfortunate part is that the BJP government has nothing to gain from this move

Kokborok, a Sino-Tibetan language of the Bodo–Garo branch, was declared an official language of Tripura in 1979. Nearly one third of Tripura’s population speaks Kokborok. A proposal like this will definitely hurt the sentiments of the people and make BJP’s prospects bleak in the long run.

During the assembly election campaign, the BJP had promised that Kokborok will be included in the eighth schedule of the constitution, so that it could get the official status. But the same does not seem to be fulfilled yet. The indigenous people are skeptical on the promise in the backdrop of the latest Hindi-promoting move, and the Left has started to corner the BJP.

With this proposal the BJP is giving a ‘good’ political opportunity for the Congress and the Left to attack them. And the unfortunate part is that the BJP government has nothing to gain from this move.

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Why Modi is at No.9 in the list of most powerful people on earth; Indian economy speaks for him

India’s economy speaks for prime minister Narendra Modi. Just look at the fiscal deficit figures. Now, Modi is the new hope for an open world

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Indeed, it’s good news for Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, when the assembly election for Karnataka, a south Indian state under the rule of Indian National Congress, is at the corner. Forbes magazine has included Narendra Modi in the list of world’s most powerful people this year. Modi has secured a commendable spot at nine in the top ten list, just behind Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

According to Forbes magazine, the list is topped by Chinese supremo Xi Jinping followed by Russian president Vladimir Putin and US president Donald Trump. German chancellor Angela Merkel comes at fourth spot followed by US billionaire Jeff Bezos.

It should be noted that for the last four years India’s fiscal deficit has been less than 1 per cent of GDP

When it comes to India, Modi’s elevation to the top ten is something to celebrate as he still remains a controversial leader for many so-called intellectuals, both in India and outside.

Why Modi matters

Forbes magazine observes that Modi has raised himself as a global leader, playing a profound role in combating climate change and global warming.  The top rank needs to be seen as recognition for Modi as he has taken some risky moves to change India’s economic scenario since he attained power in May 2014.

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Modi has succeeded in establishing himself as a global leader challenging China’s Xi Jinping in Asia with his diplomatic masterstrokes and bold policies.  In an article appeared on Forbes website, its contributor Salvatore Babones state that India’s tremendous achievement in balancing the fiscal deficit gives Modi an edge in the upcoming general elections.

According to him India is going to achieve a fiscal deficit under .2 per cent of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in 2017-2018 fiscal year. It should be noted that for the last four years India’s fiscal deficit has been less than 1 per cent of GDP.

The economy has recovered at a tremendous pace, marking India again the fastest growing major economy in the world

Now, most of the international financial organisations are upbeat about Indian economy, putting the financial figures for the second most populous country on earth in an ambitious manner. Indian economy has witnessed some structural changes in the past four years of Modi government including the biggest tax reform, GST (Goods and Services Tax). Even though this resulted in a temporary slowdown, the economy has recovered at a tremendous pace, marking India again the fastest growing major economy in the world.

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Centre's Adopt a Heritage initiative matters a lot; Red Fort sold. What's next campaign is nothing but petty politics

Red Fort sold. What’s next? The question aired by Modi’s detractors has little substance as the Adopt a Heritage project is all about exploring the possibilities of CSR initiatives to preserve our heritage sites

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“If you hire someone to clean your house doesn’t mean you are selling your house to them. No, Red Fort is not being sold. It’s an innovative way to save the government some money and preserve a monument,” celebrity Indian writer Chetan Bhagat tweeted amid the controversies on the so-called handing over of the nation’s pride, the Red Fort, to Dalmia group, a powerful business empire in the country spanning across sectors from cement to energy.

Certain reports appearing in local and national media outlets state India’s Red Fort was sold to Dalmia group. But the reality is that the hullabaloo has no logic as Chetan Bhagat said, hiring someone to clean house doesn’t mean we’re selling the house to him.

Dalmia group has adopted Red Fort as part of the government’s ‘Adopt a Heritage’ programme, an innovative initiative to preserve and maintain our heritage sites with the participation of corporates, making their corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative more meaningful and creative.

It’s a part of responsible tourism programme, where the corporates will get an opportunity to build quality tourism infrastructure in a non-profit mode, according to the government’s press note.

The MoU signed for ‘Red Fort ‘ with Dalmia group is ‘only’ for the development, operations and maintenance of tourism amenities in and around Red Fort. No handing over of monument’ is involved, claimed the clarification note issued by the government

“It aims to involve public sector companies, private sector companies and corporate citizens/individuals to take up the responsibility for making our heritage and tourism more sustainable through development, operation and maintenance of world-class tourist infrastructure and amenities at ASI/ State heritage sites and other important tourist sites in India,” states a press note issued by the government of India.

The website named adoptaheritage.in makes it clear that it is a project aimed at entrusting heritage sites to private and public sector companies and individuals for the development of tourist amenities there. It has to be noted that the tourist infrastructure at our historical monuments has little to offer for travellers and history lovers, and because of our bureaucratic inefficiency many important monuments are on the brink of losing its significance. Just look at the recent statement made by the Supreme Court of India on India’s wonder, the Taj Mahal.

The argument that the private companies would benefit a lot, in monetary terms, from this handing over process has no logic

What is wrong in inviting private players to be part of a noble cause? Protecting all monuments is a herculean task for the government. What the government and ASI need to do is supervising the maintenance without any compromise.  The argument that the private companies would benefit a lot from this handing over process has no logic, according to the terms and conditions released by the government.  Everything about this project is transparent and one can see it in detail on the website of Adopt a Heritage-from the list of heritage sites to making an expression of interest and signing MoU.

Moreover, this is implementing as part of their CSR initiative so that the issue of making monetary benefits seems to be not practical. This is what the official website of Adopt a Heritage project states on the benefits for Monument Mitra (in this case, Dalmia), “The ‘Monument Mitras’ would associate pride with their CSR activities. They would also get visibility in the monument premises and in the Incredible India website.”

“The Memorandum of Understanding signed for ‘Red Fort ‘ with Dalmia group is ‘only’ for the development, operations and maintenance of tourism amenities in and around Red Fort. It envisages limited ‘access’ of non-core areas and ‘no handing over of monument’ is involved,” claimed the clarification note issued by the government.

Then, what is the merit of the slogan, ‘Red Fort sold, what is next?’ It is nothing but a political vote-bank statement to make use of every single issue to corner Narndra Modi, indeed, a less civilized way of dealing things in politics.

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Chris Wood is right; Modi should be re-elected to drive India’s growth story

The reforms spearheaded by Narendra Modi government have made India the fastest growing major economy in the world

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The tumultuous phase is over. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with his noteworthy reforms including GST (Goods and Services Tax), has made India one of the fastest growing major economies in the world. It was a fact that Modi’s famous note ban in 2016 November had some impact on various sectors including auto and manufacturing.

But as many experts pointed out then, it was a short term impact. And, GST is also projected to be a tremendous milestone in the economic ecosystem of India as the transition to the new tax system is almost completed. The implementation of GST was a major political achievement for Narendra Modi government.

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Influential financial outlets like the IMF (International Monetary Fund) and the World Bank are upbeat on India, predicting good GDP (Gross Domestic Product) figures for the country in coming years. The recent statement of IMF supremo Christine Lagarde made it clear that India is on the right track. According to Lagarde great reforms are going on in India.

The IMF is optimistic about India’s ambitious GST initiative and bankruptcy law. It should be noted that the IMF is predicting India to grow at 7.4 per cent in 2018 and 7.8 per cent in 2019. This means the tiger is moving on leaving behind the Chinese dragon in terms of growth.

The reforms are aimed at strengthening economic growth and maintaining macro-economic stability

This is the reason why Subhash Chandra Garg, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, India, said the big reforms undertaken by the government have made the country one of the fastest growing major economies in the world.

The reforms are aimed at strengthening economic growth and maintaining macro-economic stability. Now, investors are more interested in India and they want Modi to be reelected in the coming general elections of 2019. Eminent marketing strategist Chris Wood, in his famous newsletter Greed and Fear, states India’s growth momentum would be in trouble if Modi is not re-elected.

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