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Aspirations are more complex than basic needs People in Bengal resented being ruled by a party machine They had difficulties in getting access to goods provided by the state if they did not belong to the Party They wanted fairness and inclusion human aspirations that are more difficult to measure and deliver than material needs Political leaders must recognise and fulfill such aspirations or they risk being thrown out In Singaporea party that has produced a remarkable improvement of living conditions for Singaporeans has been troubled by a decline of its popularity in recent elections The reasonanalysts sayis growing resentment of an arrogant party machine Wherever there are free electionsas in Indiapolitical change will happen sooner Where there are noneas in Chinathough there is already evidence that people want more than material growthchange will come later Indian leaders have three tasks before the next elections: offer the people a fresh view of development; accelerate reforms; and improve democratic institutions From the peoples perspectivethe reform agenda must be much broader than financial and economic reforms Reforms of the financial system are necessary no doubt Howeverlike changes in the electrical systems in a housethey are only one part of what inhabitants expect from the architect they commission to improve their home They want the architect to provide them more space and improve the ambience of the house too This requires more creativity and boldness Corruption will not be reduced or public service delivery improvedwhich are peoples demandswithout bold administrative reformselectoral funding reformsand political reforms especially the devolution of powers to local bodies While preparing the approach to the 12th Planthe Planning Commission has listened to peoples expectations more widely and deeply than it has ever before It has received the views of almost a thousand civil society organisationsthrough common platforms constructed by civil society organisations themselves Business associations have also given their views on the countrys challenges And through the internet and social networksthousands of citizens have spoken up too All sections want vastly improved implementation And they want a new approach to improving the country and their lives For thisadministrative reforms are imperative; and also devolution of powersand citizens participation in implementation People want not just government for the peoplewhich Singapore has and the Communists had also delivered in Bengal initially They want a government genuinely of and by the people Growth is necessary But the principal objective of the 12th Plan cannot be only economic growththey say It must also be more inclusion in governance and growth India can conduct free and fair elections on a scale that no other country can It has developed the vertical threads of democracy for the upward representation of people Howeverto be strongthe fabric of democracy needs lateral threads too These are processes of deliberation to reconcile interests of stakeholdersand for their participation in governance between elections Such processes transform governments for the people into governments by and of the people When Anna Hazare demanded action against corruptionsome took the position that unelected civil society organisations should not be allowed to represent the people: this task should be reserved only for their elected representatives The truth is this would weakennot strengthen democracy Citizens participation in the management of their affairs cannot be completed in only a few minutes every five years with the casting of their votes They must continue to be engaged with issues that matter to themand they must be heard from more often In the USas in Indiathere is disenchantment with the performance of assemblies of elected representatives There is a surge of interest in institutions of direct democracy referendums and direct ballots of citizens on specific issues But these too are methods to merely ascertain the majority preferencenot methods to reconcile opposing points of view which must be the spirit of a deep democracy Institutionalised processes of dialogue between diverse interests are the lateral threads that strengthen democracys fabric These processes require democratic institutions to aggregate and represent peoples interests Therefore improvement of the quality of political partiestrade unionsbusiness associationsand civil society organisations is essential for democratic governance These institutions must be democratictransparentand competent The agenda of Indias leaders must be to improve the quality of these representative institutionsand also the dialogue amongst them They are the foundations for shaping and implementing reforms that matter to people The writer is a member of the Planning Commission For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Raakhi Jagga | Bhatinda | Published: December 8 2015 2:37 am Related News Taking a leaf out of the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP’s) book the Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) will look into investing more into social media mode of campaigning In a meeting of its office bearers on Sunday held in New Delhi the PYC decided to dedicate at least 100 of its workers to campaign via social media “The office bearers have been told to put a great show at the December 15 Congress rally in Bathinda apart from focusing more on social media in the coming days” said Amarinder Raja Warring president Youth Congress Meanwhile PYC president Amarpreet Singh Lally said “The Youth Congress workers are in an upbeat mood soon after Capt Amarinder Singh was made the PPCC chief” This year nearly 35 lakh new youth workers have been enrolled before elections against 10 lakhs of previous term’s record Warring said “These are quality members as we are enrolling them after proper verification More will join us soon” For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: March 12 2017 2:21 am Top News The State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission directed a real estate firm to give compensation of Rs 2 lakh for not allotting a flat within the stipulated time to a resident of Mohali Pronouncing the orders on March 10 the commission also asked the firm Unitech Limited to refund Rs 6229870 along with Rs 33000 as cost of litigation Watch What Else Is Making News The complainant Dr Sulakhan Singh Bassi stated in the complaint that he purchased a flat on the ground floor in the project named Uniworld City Mohali The price of the project was Rs 6229870 which included basic price external development charges etc The builder was supposed to give a compensation at the rate of Rs 5 per square feet per month if they were unable to give the possession of the flat by the stipulated date The real estate company had been asking Dr Bassi to deposit money time and again and he had deposited an amount of Rs 6229870 for the booked flat A part of the money deposited by Dr Bassi was through raising a loan of Rs 4983000 from a private bank Though Dr Bassi had made numerous requests to the builder to allot the flat they failed to do so After waiting for sufficient time Dr Bassi purchased a flat in Army Flats Phase 4 Mohali on July 19 last year He then served a legal notice to the builder in September 2016 and filed a case in the consumer courts in December 2016 In its reply the real estate firm said that the commission did not have the territorial jurisdiction to take up the case Pronouncing the orders the commission said “It is held that since there was a material violation on the part of the builder in not offering and handing over possession of the unit by the stipulated date after expiry of period of more than about five years the complainants are entitled to get a refund of the amount deposited by them For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Suanshu Khurana | Published: January 12 2017 12:27 am Jasleen Royal with Dear Zindagi director Gauri Shinde Top News In the days leading up to Shlok Sharma’s much-awaited film the Nawazuddin Siddiqui-starrer Haraamkhor the promotional piece doing the rounds has a Punjabi song with snatches of Hindi sprinkled in it Set in Madhya Pradesh it is the story of the relationship between a school teacher and his female student Composed and sung by 25-year-old Jasleen Royal alongside a surge of acoustic guitar riffs the song Kidre jaavan shares the vulnerabilities of a 15-year-old girl is confessional never shows off and has an emotional resonance “Jasleen’s voice sounds innocent and unlike anything I have heard She sings with a lot of heart; it’s fluid and moves so naturally” says Sharma Royal’s ingenuous voice is far removed from the overproduced voices that have become the toast of Bollywood these days If it attracted composer Sneha Khanwalkar’s attention in Khoobsurat (2014) and gave her Preet it also became the refrain in Kaira’s head in Dear Zindagi (2016) It also got lyricist singer and composer Swanand Kirkire to collaborate with her for the popular single Maye ni apart from her simple lyrical and lingering Kho gaye hum kahan with Prateek Kuhad in Baar Baar Dekho (2016) Among many jingles it’s her voice that sings Paytm karo every other day on radio and television “It’s all a bit surreal I wasn’t expecting these talented musicians to appreciate my voice The fact that these people appreciate an unconventional voice in Bollywood is super encouraging” says Royal who grew up in Ludhiana and moved to Mumbai’s Oshiwara a couple of years ago But before she caught the attention of leading composers in the country it was Panchi ho jaavan her mother’s favourite Shiv Kumar Batalvi poem set to tune that had people notice her for the first time She’d already been on India’s Got Talent where she earned the tag of “one woman band” for balancing singing while playing the synth the guitar and the harmonica “I worship AR Rahman and love Amit Trivedi’s work So one day I decided to make this single Panchi ho jaavan My friend shot the video and we put it on YouTube It was done on a zero budget and it reached people in the industry including Swanand Kirkire who also turned it into his hellotune” says Royal With her guitar on the sets of Haraamkhor with director Shlok Sharma and actor Shweta Tripathi It came to her as a huge surprise when the song was nominated at 2013’s MTV Music Video Awards alongside heavyweights such as Kailash Kher and popular rock outfit Indus Creed Not sure of winning the award she decided to skip the awards night but then changed her mind so that she could see Rahman and Trivedi On the day of the awards Royal decided to take an auto to the venue “Taking a cab didn’t strike me until my friend mentioned that an auto on a red carpet would be cool but a little out of place” says Royal and laughs with the same unworldliness that she sings She eventually received the award from Trivedi It remains the best moment of her life something that never allows her to go into the darkness of being in a highly competitive industry We are sitting at Bandra’s Bombay Salad Co and while sipping on her tomato and basil soup she tells us how it’s always music and not food that has fed her Her petite frame validates that Growing up in Ludhiana to businessmen parents with no musicians in the house Royal grew up on a diet of Bollywood songs She would find known tunes in a small synth at home and play guessing games with her brother where she would hum the song and ask him to identify the film “I come from a middle-class family so I didn’t want to burden my parents” says Royal who would give tutions to buy her music instruments The minimal adornment and child-like internal monologue-style verse her music follows faintly reminds us of the songs in Ellen Page-starrer Juno In an industry where most singers sing for other composers Royal gets to have the best of the both worlds She sings for leading composers and composes and sings her own somgs “When I compose it’s another feeling It’s my vision When I work with other people it’s a huge learning curve Because I am not trained I really like the whole experience of being in a studio and learning from them While recording for Dear Zindagi Amit Trivedi went and slept upstairs leaving me to record the song It’s huge if a composer can allow a singer that much space” says Royal whose upcoming projects include compositions in Fukrey 2 and Anushka Sharma and Diljit Dosanjh-starrer Phillauri She still aspires to work with Rahman though “It’s a bit of a dream something I have always wanted” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Jaithirth Rao | Published: March 24 2012 12:24 am Related News Indias arbitrary policy environment has shifted IT and BPO jobs out of hereto more reasonable regimes To The Honourable Finance Minister of India Dear sir I wish to introduce myself as the finance minister of the Philippines I am truly grateful for all the actions that your excellent ministry has been undertaking these past few yearswhich have helped the BPO industry in the Philippines a great deal You may be aware that the Philippines BPO industry has been growing much faster than its Indian counterpart and is now all set to overtake the Indian industrywhich till a decade ago was viewed by all of us with wondermentawe and envy We never dreamed that our country could be in the same league as India But then we were earlier not well-informed about your income tax departmentthe frequent and arbitrary changes in rules that emanate from this department and the vicious harassment of Indian IT and BPO industries which over the last several years has become a concerted strategy of this great department We in the Philippines count the Indian income tax authorities among our best friends We request you to give us the names of the individuals in this worthy department who have been behind this wonderful strategy of weakening this labour-intensive Indian industry and indirectly helping the growth of our own We would like to confer special Magsaysay Awards to these individualsrefer to them as Friends of the Philippines and invite them to have a holiday in our country The BPO companies in the Philippines have generously promised to foot the entire bill of their benefactors The Indian income tax authorities are particularly targeting captive BPO companies by asking them to re-compute their taxable profits based on arbitrary and changing transfer pricing guidelines without adequate safe harbour provisionswhich are commonplace in most countries We have decided to do exactly the opposite We are reasonable in our tax demandssimple and transparent in our transfer pricing rules and generous in our tax holidays This has resulted in many captives stopping the growth of their Indian BPO outfits and accelerating the growth of their units in the Philippines All the employees of these units in my country wish to express their gratitude to youyour government and your ministry Without the capricious behaviour of the Indian governmentmost of them would not have jobs I am now told that your officials are raising tax demands on captive units of global companies using their global profits as the basis What a wonderful idea I have no doubt that this one decision alone would cause several of these companies not only to stop growing their Indian subsidiariesbut actually start winding them down Nothing could be better news for the Philippines I have instructed my officials to come up with other distinctly business-unfriendly regulatory ideas We will share them with your officials when they visit us As and when such ideas are implementeddoubtless the Indian BPO industry is bound to shrink and glory days are sure to be ahead for our country We are told that in many cases these rapacious tax demands will in due course be struck down by your independent tribunals and courts In the meantimethe companies will have to pay upbe out of cash and will be spending their time and money on expensive tax lawyers instead of focusing on their operating businesses Of coursein some yearsthe whole problem will go away as all of them will close shop in India and move to the Philippines We will then be more generous with Magsaysay and Friend of the Philippines awards In forums like the WTOyour country and mine have been arguing in favour of free movement of labour where it is associated with trade in services For instancewhen an IT project has to be implemented in the USoverseas service-providers are required to send staff on-site to help supervise and implement the project Some political groups in the US have been arguing that these activities constitute body-shopping and have been making the case for using visa restrictions as a non-tariff barrier against trade in services It is gratifying to note that our two countries have been on the same side in this argument HoweverI am informed that your income tax department has now taken the position that such revenues do not constitute service exports and that in fact they are really body-shopping They are in effect supporting those in the US who wish to impose trade barriers on Indian firms At firstI was a little puzzled as to why one wing of your esteemed government would so fatally undermine the sovereign position of your government But the more I dug into itthe more obvious it became to me that the Indian government is full of Friends of the Philippines and Friends of China Your tax authorities are actually going back several years in time and raising demands on service export revenues (sorry they are right body shopping revenues)forcing your largesuccessfulworld class companies to pay upmake provisionsissue guarantees and generally get weakened financially It is particularly heartening to note that there are persons in India who are determined to wreck one of the few industries where India has achieved world class and where Indian companies are considered formidable operators I brought to the attention of the finance minister of China the fact that Indian IT companies who till the other day were poster boys of India are now being harassed despite earlier explicit and emphatic assurances that on-site project implementation revenues would be treated as export income The finance minister of China was salivating He is now looking forward to global corporations and for that matterIndian IT companies are moving more and more of their activities to China He plans to write to you in order to congratulate you on the wonderful steps that your government is taking that will be of immense benefit to China Sincerely yours Finance Minister of the Philippines The writer is a Mumbai-based entrepreneur For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Desk | New Delhi | Published: January 19 2017 6:27 pm Randeep Hooda expressed his view on Jallikattu ban Related News The ban on Jallikattu and the protest against it in Tamil Nadu is touching Bollywood too Actor Randeep Hooda took to Twitter and expressed his stand on the entire issue Calling it an aspect of culture the actor wrote “Feel #Jalikattu is a sport & breeding selection #tradition #NotCruelity great 2 c #peacefulprotests 2 save culture” While Randeep has spoken on the issue from Bollywood’s end Kollywood celebrities have come out in large numbers in support of the sport Actor Vijay took to Twitter and in a video said “The concept of law was created to protect the rights and culture of the people and not to snatch them away Jallikattu is an identity of a Tamilian I salute all the youth who have joined this movement without any other motives and political affiliations” More from the world of Entertainment: Vikram wrote “Jallikattu represents valour and tradition of Tamilians I want this tradition to continue and I unconditionally support everyone protesting against Jaillakutti ban especially college students There is no doubt that this protest will succeed” Also read |Jallikattu: AR Rahman to fast in support of Tamil Naduprotesters Some actors like Sivakarthikeyan Raghava Lawrence RJ Balaji among others visited Marina Beach where thousands of people have been camping in protest over Jallikattu ban Even in Madurai thousands of people took to the streets protesting a ban against Jallikattu the ancient and popular bull-taming sport Oscar winning music director AR Rahman said he will observe a day-long fast on Friday along with members of the Nadigar Sangam — the South Indian Artistes Association — to express solidarity with people protesting against the ban on Jallikattu For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related News Spain and Mexico. the ‘parental effect’ was found to be the lowest for the thinnest 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