4th BRICS Summit in Delhi- A Mile Stone in World Geo-politics

The BRICS, association of five major economies of the world i.e., 
Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, is a clear signal for 
the re-odering of the world economy and the geo-political power 
balance in the modern world. The dominance of the western countries 
must be checked and an internationally accepted monetary regime free 
from the clutch of a country-specific currency like dollar must be 
developed. The charter of the UN must implemented in true spirit of 
term. The long delaying of the reforms in UN can be compensated by 
BRICS. The sovereignty of many small Asian and African countries are 
at stake at the hand of the two-century-old hegemony of the West over 
the modern world.
from:  Shashikant Nishant Sharma

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/article3297589.ece

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Crisis in Indian Aviation Industry

Indian aviation industry in undergoing a drastic loss due to unforeseen impacts of the measures taken in last few years. The multiplicity of taxes in aviation industry, merger of Air India and Indian Airlines, rise in crude oil (petroleum), acquisition of air carriers by the private and public airlines etc has made the aviation industry think of new avenues for bringing back the industry on right track. The private and public sectors players in this aviation industry must sit together to work out strategies to tide over the crisis. It government should come forward with innovative solution and other air carriers must learn from Indigo which is still making profit in spite of the looming crisis in the aviation sector. One suggested measures can be the opening up the sector for foreign direct investment and adopting open sky policy to give way to the foreign airways services. Direct import of petroleum by the domestic carriers may not be so easy as loosening the taxation mechanism.
from:  Shashikant Nishant Sharma

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/editorial/article3294276.ece

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Political Solution of Tamil issues in Sri Lanka

India can hope that the Rajapaksa government takes up seriously the 
issue of a political settlement and do some substantial homework and 
further implements the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission 
recommendations. The country is undeniably under watch of the 
International Community and there will be enough follow up for 
tracking the actions taken in the direction of devolution of power to 
the provinces. Unless and until the Sri Lankan government makes a 
genuine attempt to reach out to the Tamil political leadership and 
people, the international community will continue gear pressure which 
may increase overtime if no action is taken. India can try to make 
sure that the Tamil leadership play an important and constructive role 
in helping Sri Lanka. The government should take up reforms on its own 
rather than under the pressure of the international community for the 
benefit of the nation and all ethnic and lingual groups. The government cannot deny the plurality of society there. 

from:  Shashikant Nishant Sharma
Source: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/article3288136.ece

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Irony of Indian Judicial System

It is really an irony of Indian judicial system to treat very citizen 
with an equal amount of offence and defense but when it comes to 
the punishment to the erring politicians and VVIPs, the judicial 
system become ignorant of the practices prevalent in the various jails 
of the country. There should be special drive to bring justice and 
equality of status and treatment to the offenders of the laws. What is 
meaning of jail if the person imprisoned is getting all the benefits 
he or she used to get outside the jail. The legal system should be 
amended to incorporated heavy fine and penalties as per the capacity 
and nature of crimes done by the politicians and VVIPs who get such 
relaxed privileges in the jails. There must be some sort of 
rationalization of punishments. The time has come when the nation 
should look into the matters related to the privileges enjoyed by the 
politicians during the term of imprisonment so that the faith of 
public in the Indian Judiciary and Executive is intact
from:  Shashikant Nishant Sharma

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/editorial/article3288318.ece

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Dawn of Democracy in Mayanmar

The election of a member of the parliament who is of opposition party can be seen as a mark of dawn of the democracy shining on the western horizon of the country. The victory for Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy, in the by-elections recently held in Myanmar has confirmed deep faith of people in the institution of democracy. The military rule has done more harm than benefits to the people and country as a whole. The world community is strongly in the support of the democratisation of the governance world over which aims to give supremacy of public in the affairs of the governance and an outcome of which will be free and open economy which the western economies are trying hard to achieve in disguise of democracy. The world will welcome every step in the direction of democratisation of the society. The western countries will surely loosen the sanctions if they feel that the government is ready to adopt changes and modifications in the present governance.
from:  Shashikant Nishant Sharma

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/editorial/article3288316.ece

Universal Health Coverage

The High Level Expert Group (HLEG) of the Planning Commission on
Universal Health Coverage has given very good reasoning how the
availability of free medicines will relieve the general public. The
Universal Health Coverage (UHC) should be integrated in the existing
National Rural Health Mission and such other health related drives and
mission. An expanded National Essential Drug List is badly needed for
the elimination of irrational drugs from prescriptions by government
doctors, priority for generic medicines and, crucially, a good
centralised procurement system should be developed at national level.
Government should promote indigenous drugs and medicine companies
should be given incentive so that we can become self dependent for
medicines as a good percentage of high quality drugs are imported from
other countries or the foreign companies deliver in India. The
percentage of GDP expenditure on medicine need a review. Creating a
healthy environment is also necessary for all citizens.
from:  Shashikant Nishant Sharma
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A scandal and its cover-up

The whole process seems to be a political drama taking place in the name of appointing enquiry committee to silence the uproar and media’s criticism and comments. It is sad that instead of doing justice the committee has proved to a tool in the hand of the politician to supress matters. The recommendations of the committee in the case of ‘viewing of pornography by three prominent Bharatiya Janata Party Ministers during a session of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on February 7’ is not a rational and seems highly inluenced by the political powers. The recommendation for penalising the media for such coverage and banning the private channels from recording and publishing Legislative Assembly proceeding is a clear violation of the ‘Freedom of Speech and Expression’. The recommendations of the committee has opended up new avenues for media attention and criticism which will further expose their nature and intentions of protecting the erring politician. People and press must come forward
from:  Shashikant Nishant Sharma

Source: http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/editorial/article3273968.ece

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Ban on Tobacco Products

The tobacco products production and marking is a big business in today’s world. In spite of strong legal provisions and general consent of public for banning such products, menace of the tobacco products is going on unabated in the world.
From various studies conducted so far it is well proved that consumption of tobacco products in any form is injurious to health. Sometimes the written warnings are misinterpreted by youths e.g., on Gutkha (packed in tobacco product in small pouches) have a warning like ‘Tobacco is injurious to health. Not for young’. When we combine the two statements the message get distorted and reversed.
It has been seen that the advertisement of bad effects of tobacco like oral and lung cancers deter youths and more to the rural people as the visual messages have strong effects on the mind of the people. Many tobacco products manufacturer don’t follow the guidelines provided in the Tobacco Product (Control and Regulatory) Act, 2011 enacted by Government of India

Shashikant Nishant Sharma
School of Planning and Architecture,*
(under the Ministry of HR&D, Govt. of India),
New Delhi-110002

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Election Commissionof India’s Commendable Job

Our Election Commission(EC) has been doing a good job in upholding the values of democracy in India. We have seen the commendable jobs done by the Election Commission in past during the assembly elections in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. It is another praiseworthy step taken by the EC to countermand an election to the Rajya Sabha: in Jharkhand, following ‘incidents of horse-trading’ and attempts to influence the electors – Members of the Legislative Assembly – by offering cash for votes. This will surely go a long way in paving the smooth way for the future of Indian Democracy. Our society is blessed to have a rational and educated middle class and well trained civil servants who are heading such esteemed positions as the secretaries and commissioners and steering the governance in the right direction. Corruption and malpractices are prevalent in our society and it is our responsibility not to accept then and whatever,however and wherever we must oppose them and with due rationality.

from:  Shashikant Nishant Sharma  

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“Spare the rod A n d spoil the c h i l d ”

If we raise our children the right way, with respect and ma n n e r s ,   t h e r e  wi l l   n e v e r be a need to put hands on t h e m .   S c h o o l   s t a f f   g e t a b u s e d   b y   s t u d e n t s ,   a n d w h e n   p a r e n t s   a r e   c a l l e d t h e y   s a y   t h e y   w i l l   h a n d l e i t .   N e x t   d a y ,   t h e   s a m e student comes and laughs at the staff member, calling t h em  n ame s ,   t e l l i n g   t h em thei r  parents did nothing. Parents do their children a great disservice when they p r e v e n t   t h e m   f r o m   b e i n g p u n i s h e d   a t   s c h o o l   f o r misbehaving. There must be a balance between affection and punishment .

Shashikant Nishant Sharma
School of Planning and Architecture
New Delhi

Source: http://www.niscair.res.in/jinfo/sr/2011/SR%2048(10)%20(Point%20Counterpoint).pdf

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