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Politics in its place by Pratap Bhanu Mehta

This article is Focusing all our attention on the state, we miss our own deeper failings of social trust.

One is tempted to remind them of M.G. Ranade’s eloquent warning:

“You cannot be liberal by halves. You cannot be liberal in politics and conservative in religion. The heart and the head must go together.You cannot cultivate your intellect, enrich your mind, enlarge the sphere of your political rights and privileges, and at the same time keep your hearts closed and cramped. It is an idle dream to expect men to remain enchained and enshackled in their own superstition and social evils, while they are struggling hard to win rights and privileges from their rulers.Before long these vain dreamers will find their dreams lost.”

Police Reforms still remains on paper

Though seven years have passed since the Supreme Court delivered a landmark judgment, most of the States have not complied with many of its directions to bring about police reforms.

Some States enacted laws and implemented the directions in part, prompting the court early this year to once again remind all of them of the need for compliance. The matter is still pending.

Today’s Links 30 October 2013


Today’s Paper October 1st 2013


Thus, the danger of a Balkanisation of the Internet is real and rings especially for countries like India, whose IT and IT-enabled services sector depend so heavily on it. It is in everybody’s interest that the U.S.-Brazil spat be resolved amicably. For those who believe that the knowledge society is here to stay, and that worldwide connectivity is its handmaiden, this should include a step back from the abyss of breaking up the internet. One way forward is through multilateral governance of the web and stronger penalties for violating our privacy.

Beyond the Brazil-U.S spat [cyber Security]

65 million people live in slums in India, says census data [poverty,welfare]

What is Furlough

In the United States, a furlough  is a temporary unpaid leave of some employees due to special needs of a company, which may be due to economic conditions at the specific employer or in the economy as a whole. These involuntary furloughs may be short or long term, and many of those affected may seek other temporary employment during that time.

What is Shutdown of Government ?

In U.S. politics, a government shutdown is a situation in which the government stops providing all but “essential” services. Typically, federal services that continue despite a shutdown include the National Weather Service and its parent agencies, medical services at federal facilities, the postal service, armed forces, air traffic management, and corrections (the penal system). A government shutdown is similar to a lockout in the private sector.

U.S. govt shuts down as Congress misses deadline

What would happen if US government shuts down?

ET this article  For FACTS and rankings

Biz in India:Take up slack on global competitiveness

IE Incase you missed the aadhaar judgement by Supreme court , and its effects

Undercutting Aadhaar  How the court’s order has complicated the UPA’s cash transfer plans.