Newspapers have been saying there is clear stamp of PM Narendra Modi all over on the Union Budget 2015. The corporate economists, the World Bank type of advisors are going gaga over the budget. But, I beg to differ. I am also suspicious about such a high approval by all corporate people and economists.
We were highly critical about previous state government increasing FSI in Mumbai every now and then, and gifting it to builders like largesse of Nawabs. Trouble with FSI is that it is a 'concept' in the air. There is no apparent cost to it. You simply allow more square feet on the same piece of land. Builder makes money, a few lucky get their homes though at astronomical cost and ruling party enjoys the fruits of this jugglery of a few strokes of pen. It seems like a rare win-win situation.
There have been many sincere looking, fiery and amusing debates about Freedom of Speech with reference to criticism and possible legal action against AIB event. Many a young college kids have got carried away with this idea of freedom of speech as I could sense in NDTV programme of Barkha Dutt. The whole debate has been deliberately veered towards freedom of speech while it should have been about its direct abuse of and attack on civilizational values.
Relevance of Arvind Kejriwal is not his good electoral debut and his crowning as the Chief Minister of Delhi for a few days. He may or may not win Delhi elections. However, if he wishes AAP to become truly relevant to the Indian politics at national level, he has to occupy the Left space of national political landscape abandoned since decades by the Socialist and ex-Congress groupings.