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Sunday Editorial:Is the word ‘development’ meaningful any more?

  By Ratnakar Tripathy Democracy: A Sisyphean struggle? No, is the sad conclusion I have come to with all my limitations – my limited brain capacity, my limited reading and experience, my limited ability to digest data, and of course my limited ability to hallucinate optimism where there isn’t any. But of course, it is not the word to blame but us, this world of ours that reduces and hollows words of their intended meanings, for reasons we need to find out and admit in a hurry. We have had hallowed words like ‘salvation’ and ‘progress’ in the past as life aims for humans. They... 

Is Planning Commission considering paradigm shift: letting state governments tweak plans and schemes?

Is Planning Commission considering paradigm shift: letting state governments tweak plans and schemes?   Planning cycles: a two way system! New Delhi: according to a very significant but perhaps ignored news report, the planning commission of India is to go through a paradigm shift with adoption of what it terms ‘flexi-funds’ for better implementation of its schemes. The new approach is a result of the country’s topmost planning advisory body, the panel panel’s consultation in different parts of the country regarding 12th five year plan. On the whole, there is no reason... 
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