Professor Rajvir Sharma

Promotion of the use of Hindi: A constitutional obligation

Constitution of India is a sacrosanct document, a guarantee for not only individual rights but also for the protection of democracy and democratic governance. Hence every provision mentioned in this document is mandatory for the state to implement for the sake of constitutionalism and constitutional governance. However, sometimes our constitutional vision is blurred by our political glass and by our political over enthusiasm covered under the garb of liberalism, diversity, choice etc. etc. currently, a debate has been initiated on the decision of the president to accept the recommendation of the constitutional parliamentary committee on official language, contained in the 9th report of 2011(the committee was chaired by Shri P Chidambaram, former minister in the UPA government).Decision is that the President of India, the Prime Minister and the union ministers shall deliver their speeches in Hindi. It is true that India is a multi-lingual country; it is also true that India is the best example of Unity in Diversity. However, the framers of the constitution, after due deliberations , reached a considered conclusion that Unity of India cannot be overlooked while pleading for the preservation of Indian diversity whether, social ,linguistic or regional.

Prof RB Singh

Reorienting Earth Day for Shaping Indian Environment

Earth Day is an annual event in India and the world. The scope of Earth Day must be widened for reshaping Indian Environment. We celebrate the planet’s environment and raise awareness about environmental pollution. The day, designated on April 22, is observed worldwide with rallies, conferences and other activities. Started as a grassroots movement, Earth Day created public support and contributed to the passage of the Clean Air Act, the Water Quality Improvement Act, the Endangered Species Act and several other environmental laws. The idea for Earth Day was proposed by then-Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin, who died in 2005.The first Earth Day was in 1970. Nelson, after seeing the damage done by a 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California, was inspired to organize a national “teach-in” that focused on educating the public about the environment.

Strong Focus Needed to Transform Earth Day from Ritual to Action

Indian people, academics and policy makers should utilize this day for revitalizing India taking lessons from global and national successful stories.

Pankaj Bansal Director M3M Group

Mortgage-to-GDP ratio may go up

The future outlook for the Indian real estate sector is bright. Rapid urbanisation, favourable demographic changes and increasing affordability are expected to drive growth over the next decade. Nearly five million of our countrymen migrate to urban areas annually increasing the demand for housing.
These factors over the last decade have pushed the average age of a first-time homebuyer in India down by more than 10 years. In fact, it is about 30 now.By 2025, increasing GDP and income levels will make property prices more affordable for a large number of Indians. The rising growth combined with an improving mortgage-to-GDP ratio and lowering interest rates will make real estate affordable for a large number of people.

Let’s now look at the specifics that drive the market sentiments determining the contours of a country’s development graph.

The Union Budget 2017 has provided more cheers for the real estate sector. It must be observed that due to demonetisation, the sector had been hit heavily during the last quarter of 2016.

Sarvesh Tiwari

Time to ignore ‘bijli-pani’ issue and cast our votes for development, stability

I came to Delhi  as a student in 1993 from a small town of Bihar called Bettiah. At that time, “Bihari” was almost a cuss word. Even in my school, Air Force School, Subroto Park, we would hear day scholars poke fun at us saying “yesterday some Bihari thieves were caught” or “a Bihari came to our house”. We were different. We were never a part of them. We were never a part of Delhi.

But 22 years later, I see a change. From being a point of ridicule to a potent force, we Biharis have come a long way and we are being wooed by all political parties. Why else would the three ABC – AAP, BJP and Congress – give Purvanchalis tickets to contest the February 7 election? These are different times. We hear Bhojpuri on FM radio. We hear political parties celebrating our Chhath and promising a gazetted holiday.

I personally feel this election is going to test the Modi wave. BJP has been upbeat since the 2014 general election and it has formed governments in Haryana and Jharkhand. Will the Modi Vijay Rath stop at Delhi? Can Kejriwal withstand the might of BJP?

Sidharth Mishra

UP's Dialogue Losing Out Hope

The first round of polls in Uttar Pradesh covering 73 of 403 Assembly constituencies is over. The worst fears of the BJP mandarins are coming true; if the poll percentage is any indication. The turnout was estimated at around 64 per cent till the close of polling. Though the first phase witnessed a three per cent rise in voter turnout, as in the same phase in 2012, covering these Assembly constituencies, it was 61 per cent, its district-level break-up which is throwing the real picture.

According to Election Commission records, Etah recorded 73 per cent turnout, Muzaffarnagar 65 per cent, Bulandshahr 64 per cent, Noida 60 per cent, and Ghaziabad 57 per cent. Taking the analysis to more micro-level, a case study shows that in the upmarket Kaushambi locality of Sahibabad seat on Delhi-UP border barely managed to cross 50 per cent mark, wherein minority and low-income group dominated booths of Pasonda village and Khora locality in the same constituency the turnout was huge. The Sahibabad seat overall recorded a turnout of mere 51 per cent. In the neighbouring Ghaziabad seat, it was worse touching just 50 per cent. The district-wise percentage of Ghaziabad managed a somewhat better show, thanks to the performance in the rural seats like Muradnagar.