The Goa Parallel

Apart from Tamilnadu, another state in India where the Mining industry is facing elephantine issues now is Goa. On 16th of March this year, the Govt banned iron-ore mining in the state following a supreme court order cancelling 88 mining leases. The erstwhile Congress CM, Mr. Digamber Kamat was indicted by a judicial commission for allowing illegal mining. The Justice M.B Shah Commission’s report tabled in by the UPA Govt cited instances of abuse of power by Mr. Kamat. The commission estimated the loss to the exchequer at a massive Rs 35,000 crore. But now, the BJP chief minister Mr. …

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Part 6: Blinders – Needless Ideological Wars

Another of those constricting elements holding us back is the ideological blinders we’ve been wearing for long. Tamilnadu in the post-independence era has been a fiercely ideological state, drunk high on the ‘Dravidian doctrine’. What started out as a voice of rationality and dissent against upper caste hegemony has been an all-pervading force that drove the political engine in the state for several years. But now, unfortunately, it has morphed into a parody of what it stood for, or rather for what it stood against. This is hardly surprising because as Abhijit Naskar in his book ‘Let the Poor be …

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Tamil Nadu is getting it all wrong

The government of Tamil Nadu is getting good at the cleanup job. But are they throwing the baby with the bathwater? The textile industry and the fireworks industry have almost come to a grinding halt. The recent closure of Sterlite is another great example. Instead of mediating between businesses and the activist groups the Tamil Nadu government has been taking the easy way out by succumbing to populist pressure. This is not going to help in the long run and in the short run.

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