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FDI in retail: an unfinished debate

Posted by [email protected] on May 8, 2012 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (1)

Thomas Mathew: I think all this'romanticism' around 'small retail businesses' is hog wash, these so called'small retailers' are not as 'small' as they project themselves to be, they arethe biggest tax evaders,in fact hardly pay any tax, their employees are paid apittance, a lot of times they employ child labor, their practices includeextensive use of counterfeit brands, widespread adulteration and what not. Iflarge retail brands come up they are certainly going to offer better wages,be...

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Systemic Change: Maintaining Decorum in Legislatures

Posted by [email protected] on April 21, 2012 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (1)

We propose a measure to bring back order in the organisation of every verbal debate in the country.

 

There should be only two microphones in the hall -- one with the Speaker of the House and the other, on a sound-proofed, closed, glass podium, next to the Speaker's seat. Any member, whose turn it is to speak, will have to walk up to the podium to address the house from the podium (like in the conferences of the UN General Assembly). Nobody will be allowed to speak -- le...

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Systemic Change: Science & Technology

Posted by [email protected] on April 21, 2012 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (1)

What systemic changes would you like to see in the field of science & technology?

 

Why has no Indian won a Nobel Prize in physics, chemistry, biology or mathematics since CV Raman won it decades ago? If you say the Nobel is not a good yardstick to measure innovation, what about patents? Why is our tally in securing international patents so poor? What the hell are the IITs doing?


Here's our idea of transformation of the said domain:

  1. The bes...
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Debate unleashed by Prashant Bhushan

Posted by [email protected] on October 23, 2011 at 1:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Sudesh Verma

We in Y4D condemn violence as a means to resolve differences. However, we also feel that those who think India to be a nation of nationalities should debate rather than provoke people by giving final statements. More so, when these people have occupied public space due to some other movement and using the new found status to forward a different cause.


Surajit Dasgupta

I wonder why Prashant Bhushan is blaming Sri Rama Sene for the attack...

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Core committee

Posted by [email protected] on October 23, 2011 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The Youth for Democracy (Y4D) Core Committee was formed on 9 October. It comprises the following members:


Arif Mohammad Khan, Ved Pratap Vaidik, Maloy Krishna Dhar, Maulana Junaid Ahmed Banarsi, Mohammed Seraj Ansari, Rambahadur Rai, MG Devasahayam and KN Govindacharya.


The core committee will guide Y4D in creating awareness about the need for a better system of governance and administration and mobilizing people for this cause.


Govin...

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Y4D's opinion about Team Anna

Posted by [email protected] on October 23, 2011 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

1. To say that the Congress or the Union Government led by it is trying to engineer a split in Team Anna is illogical. No ne asked Prashant Bhushan to give his controversial statement on Kashmir.


2. Instead of supporting someone in Hisar, Arvind Kejriwal should have contested the polls. When about 5 lakh votes are polled against the winning candidate, it cannot be said to be a victory for Team Anna, more so if INLD, a much maligned party, gets close to 3.5 lakh votes.

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Memorandum to VC, Delhi University

Posted by [email protected] on September 1, 2011 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

1 September 2011

Prof Dinesh Singh

Vice-Cancellor, New Delhi

Delhi University, Delhi

 


Respected Sir,

 


When injustice happens in the campus, we feel duty bound to bring it to your notice. We suspect that there is some connivance somewhere between the lower staff at the Dean Students Welfare Office and powerful students lobby.

 


Otherwise it was not ...

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Anna's fan denied right to contest DUSU election

Posted by [email protected] on September 1, 2011 at 4:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Statement by presidential applicant Bhawana


I am a student of first year BA Pass at Swami Shraddhanand College, University of Delhi. I came in touch with Youth for Democracy (Y4D), an organization working to create political consciousness among the youth and fight the corrupt.


Inspired by the ideals of my colleagues, I decided to contest Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections as its president. My organisation wanted ...

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Systemic Change: Bureaucracy

Posted by [email protected] on August 28, 2011 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (0)

What reforms do you want to see in BUREAUCRACY?


Surajit Dasgupta: ‎1. End of job security;

 

2. Performance-based incentives and punishments;

 

3. No government quarters;

... (10 July at 20:48)


 

Diksha Rajput: No govt. quarters?..why? (10 July at 22:17)


 

Vinit Kumar Upadhyay: No government quarters will create issues as bureaucrats will become inacce...

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Systemic Change: Intelligence

Posted by [email protected] on August 28, 2011 at 1:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Reforms in INTELLIGENCE gathering and ANTI-TERRORISM apparatus:


Harun Al Rashid: Musalmanon par bharosa kijay aor hamaray naojawanon ko police mayn dakhila dilwaiyay. kam az kam hamari bastiyon mayn say aaindah koi dahshatgard nahin niklayga. police mayn Musalmanon ki tadad itni kam kyun hay? (06 August at 19:14)


 

Nitya Shastri: ‎Harun Al Rashid also cops should stop arresting youth based on flimsy evidence but take the entir...

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Memorandum to Team Anna

Posted by [email protected] on August 21, 2011 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Memorandum to India against Corruption:

 


Youth 4 Democracy (Y4D) firmly believes that the country is poised for a giant leap for comprehensive reforms in the system. When on 15 August, Gandhian Anna Hazare gave a call for reforms in the system to provide succour to the ordinary citizens and declared that the Jan Lokpal Bill was not the end of the struggle for justice, Y4D was jubilant since this is what we have been saying all through.

 


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Grand alliance of 50 political parties

Posted by [email protected] on June 25, 2011 at 11:27 PM Comments comments (1)

Sudesh Kumar Verma

Former member of The Statesman bureau and ex-political analyst, British High Commission in India

 

SEEDS of an alternative to the oppressive system now represented by the Congress-led UPA Government (II) were laid on 25 June when various groups and individuals fighting against corruption formed a new grouping called the Save Democracy Front. More than 50 such organisa...

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Bid to unite all - I

Posted by [email protected] on February 25, 2011 at 11:22 AM Comments comments (2)

Surajit Dasgupta

Journalist, Researcher, Activist

AFTER getting a positive response from business houses friendly to West Bengal's Left Front dispensation for a new, independent media venture during this writer's recent visit to the state's capital and parts of its hinterland, last evening I had had the opportunity of interacting with members of the Jago Party and the greater Andhra Pradesh-b...

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