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UPA 2 Is Not Getting Right

Illustration:  Anand Naorem

1. DIRECTION ON LAND POLICY
Naxalism, mining, tribal rights, industrialisation, SEZS, etc., are related to land and there’s no sign of coherent central direction.

2. MANNING THE PARAMILITARY
The mentoring is terrible and the aproach bureaucratic, undermining the forces.

3. TALKING WITH THE MAOISTS 
Getting the CPI (Maoist) to sup needs sacrifice, which it is not ready for.

4. REVIVING AGRICULTURE 
There’s fear in the farms, but the Centre hasn’t budged. Even Sharad Pawar now wants out.

5. CREATING AN ATMOSPHERE OF EXCELLENCE
India has the biggest number of unemployable people in the world. We have degrees, but not the ability.

6. IMPROVING URBAN LIFE
India’s cities look ugly and feel stressed. There’s a suave minister, but there’s no sense of getting a move on.

7. HANDLING JAIRAM RAMESH 
Ramesh is not afraid of sticking to what he thinks is right. He needs space, but doesn’t seem to get it.

8. NEW COST OF LIFE
New poor are being added to the numbers of the already needy. And there’s no sign of a fix on prices.

9. DEMANDS FOR FRESH STATES
Andhra Pradesh changed the map of India. Telangana also could and we are unprepared.

10 PACKAGING MANMOHAN SINGH
We don’t know our Prime Minister enough, and that’s never a good thing.

By vijay Simha

& 10 THINGS THEY ARE GETTING RIGHT

Right To Education bill 
2
 Temperance on 26/11 
Handling Mayawati
4
 Giving state governments space 
5
 Recognising civil liberties 
6
 Getting black money from tax havens
7
 Opening up insurance
Mentoring Rahul
9 Not sacrificing progress for climate 
10
 Decontrolling Petrol

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