Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore aims big, takes an admirable stance


You have to be a part of system to fight its ills: Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore

The Times of India, 12th September, 2013

Former Olympic silver-medalist shooter and newly-inducted BJP member Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who is locked in a legal tussle with the national federation, said it is important to get inside the system to fight its ills. “I feel that sportsmen should have a bigger say in the administration. In a democratic set-up, people who are being governed should also be a part of the governing system. They should be drafted into the governance,” Rathore said.

MP Congress shuts its doors on Digvijaya – The Times of India

Suchandana Gupta, The Times of India, 12th September, 2013

He was the undisputed and absolute authority in Madhya Pradesh leading the erstwhile Congress government ten years ago. And yet on Wednesday evening, the Congress shut its doors on the AICC General Secretary, former chief minister Digvijaya Singh denying him entry into a press conference. For nearly 20 minutes, Digvijaya Singh and his supporters stood outside the doors of the state PCC conference hall banging on the wooden panels and requesting entry even as Union minister of state Jyotiraditya Scindia was talking to the media.

“Invites will be sent out to not just Muslim community but also to leading RWAs, traders and NGOs for the rally”

Naziya Alvi Rahman, The Times of India, 13th September, 2013

Delhi BJP has decided to invite many Muslim community leaders for a rally scheduled on September 29 in the capital in which Narendra Modi will be participating. Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel said he will be send out personal invitations to leading imams for the rally. “As an MP from Chandni Chowk I have been closely associated with Muslim community and expect a large turnout for the mega-rally,” said Goel. Invites will be sent out to not just the Muslim community but also to other groups like leading RWAs, traders and NGOs for the rally. “Invitation is just mark of respect,” he added.

Every journalist who has done a breathless story on “Gen X” politicians should read this editorial

The Indian Express, 13th September, 2013

Political change demands a mix of many qualities. It requires the skills to mobilise popular energies, enthuse party workers and officials, pound through the grit in the system, work around the resistance. The willingness to take risks and follow through on one’s agenda is not the prerogative of the young, and Akhilesh Yadav has been proving himself unequal to his challenges. He has continued to woo the SP’s traditional bases, but with less finesse than his father, through inefficient welfare schemes and token gestures. He has failed to control his party workers’ interference with institutions of government. He is happy following a script he didn’t author.

Will Foreign Universities Come to India?

Meeta Sengupta, The Times of India, 12th September, 2013

The delay in enacting the Foreign Universities bill has cost India. When it was mooted a few years ago, India was riding high on the growth curve. Markets were buoyant, and the size of the population made it an interesting place to invest. But the India story has paled, the market seems to have stalled. The demographic dividend is still expected if we manage to educate our young. But there are questions about viable models in higher education given the experience of the past few years.