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The Next Head of State

The volatile political situation, growing dominance of the regional parties, social activism and vibrant media have changed the dynamics of the Presidential election. The countdown has begun and so have the parleys among the political parties. With general elections, just two years away, the national and regional parties are eager to get their permutations and combinations right. No new names have emerged so far, but we can't rule out surprises. Here's my list of probable personalities (not in order of probability or preference) for the top post:
Hamid Ansari
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Surjit Singh Barnala
M.S. Swaminathan
Somnath Chatterjee
Mohsina Kidwai

Well, we don't have shortage of capable personalities, so many names may emerge as the days go by.

Elections 2012 - Across Continents

Democracy with all its inherent flaws is still the best bet for the world. Elections play a pivotal role in democracy. Election fever has set in many of the countries going to polls this year. Here's a look at some of the elections scheduled this year.
The Finnish will vote on January 22 to elect a new President. The Finnish elect the President by a direct vote. The Parliament enjoys more powers, but the President has say in foreign affairs. Eight candidates belonging to eight different parties are in the race for the President. Five of the candidates are less than 55 years of age. Paavo Arhinmaki, 34, of the Left Alliance is the youngest of the pack and Paavo Lipponen, 70, of the Social Democratic Party is the oldest among the candidates. In case none of the candidates succeeds in garnering more than 50% of the votes, the constitution provides for a second round of election between the top two candidates.
Election campaign is in top gear here in India as the five states of Goa,…

Normal Life Affected by Economic Blockade

The continuing economic blockade in North-Eastern State of Manipur is cause for concern. While one group has called off the blockade after government assurance of considering creation of a new district, blockade by the group opposing the demand still continues. While there is no denying that it is a sensitive issue, groups involved must find solutions by sitting across the table and find solutions as the ultimate sufferers are citizens, who are forced to shell out large amount of money on necessities. Economic blockades are no way to resolve disputes. While it is understandable that governments have to do the balancing act while dealing with sensitive regional issues, procrastination over such issues for decades only complicates the situation. Hope, issues are resolved to the satisfaction of all concerned, and normalcy is restored.

The On and Off Approach

The time has come to adopt a more decisive approach towards internal issues plaguing the country. While there is no arguing that issues such as creation of small states, and dealing with insurgency are complex issues, the "on and off approach" has not helped in resolution of regional disputes. Procrastination only sows the seeds of dissatisfaction among those who feel neglected or alienated, which is again passed on to their future generations. Unsettled issues also result in economic blockades affecting the lives of the common man. We can't afford to have economic blockades in any part of the country. Proactive engagement and decisive steps are required to resolve sensitive regional issues whether those in the North, the North-East or any other part of the country, and shift the focus of all regions towards growth and development.

65th Indian Independence Day and the Signs of Change

As we Indians Celebrate the 65th Independence Day, we have much to be proud of the country's achievements. We are certainly more privileged than citizens of other countries in the sub-continent. We have been fairly successful in capitalizing the opportunities and adjusting to the changes in global dynamics. Over the last few decades, we have made rapid strides in several spheres.

This Independence Day assumes special significance in the context of the massive campaign against corruption. The change was visible in the Prime Minister's speech, which did not contain any reference to the Nehru's and the Gandhi's. Corruption is deep-rooted. Corruption has been one of the topics of essays in school exams for decades, and continues to be one. What has changed though, is the belief among people that 'change is possible'. While people may differ on the forms of protests and the mechanism of dealing with corruption, the awakening of the Indian citizen assumes tremendous …

Chhattisgarh - From a different Lens

In the recent years, Chhattisgarh has caught the attention of the national media for a series of naxal attacks in the Dantewada district of the state. Here's a look at some of the positive developments in the state. Carved out of Madhya Pradesh in 2000, the state is now one of the fastest growing states of the country. More than 70% of the households are electrified. Last year, Mphasis opened a new Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) center at Raipur, the state capital. We can hope for further growth of BPO services in the state.
Bhilai, the  knowledge capital of the state is known for its regular contribution to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs). The town has witnessed emergence of many private schools and engineering colleges. The government has also set up a technical university in the town, which is set to further promote educational activity in the region. Similar developments are taking place in the state Capital, Raipur. The state is set to contribute substantially…