The NDA government’s renewed emphasis on agriculture is a well thought out strategy to finally eradicate poverty and make rural poor an integral part of India’s growth story. Rather, such spending has proved to be of temporary relief without really changing the ground reality. It is experience that has prompted the government to initiate schemes meant to build durable rural infrastructure to motivate people adopt agriculture as a viable alternative career option.
The overwhelming finance sector reforms have begun transforming the system as New Deal. Currency crunch is still a problem, digital reach and efficiency not sufficient, yet the popularity of the measure, people’s patience to make it succeed and Prime Minister’s passionate appeals have created the atmospheric for monetary reform.
Every once in a while comes along a book which takes the reader on the journey of the soul. The ‘Book of Shiva’, a work of spiritual fiction, published in February 2016 by Ravi Shankar Etteth, editor, writer and political cartoonist, is one such novel.
The Sensex is booming. The frustratingly reticent RBI Governor has agreed to a rate cut and the usually reluctant rating agencies have loudly cheered after the first real Modi budget was presented on February 28, 2015.