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Richard Nixons legacyit seemshas been reduced to a four letter word [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Devendra Pandey | Published: April 12 2014 2:36 am Related News TheIPL’s earliest years had sought to have more local talent in its ranks among the franchises and it certainly changed the lives of several cricketers who were discovered from catchment areas Franchises brought newer localised talent and these unknowns — rookies and at times journeymen — were thrown onto the mega-stage to dream big and dazzle bigger However with the BCCI deciding to throw all players into the auction pool IPL 7 will see many different players from different states playing for a franchise quite apart from their own state or zone The trend is towards scouting across the whole country casting a net far and wide and not staying reliant on only the locals For instance Rajasthan have five Mumbai players in Ajinkya Rahane Dhawal Kulkarni Abhishek Nayar Iqbal Abdulla and Pravin Tambe These players till a few years ago were best-known as Mumbai’s Ranji boys but now they’ll don very different hats and a more royal hue of blue than the MI colours Delhi Daredevils meanwhile have just one from the capital in Milind Kumar whereas Mumbai Indians only have Aditya Tare and Sushant Marathe amongst its non-international Mumbai boys Kings XI Punjab continue to invest heavily in players like Mandeep Singh Manan Vohra Gurkeerat Singh Mandeep Singh and Karanveer Singh but Royal Challengers Bangalore don’t have a single player from their own state Sunrisers Hyderabad may have retained Ashish Reddy Ricky Bhui and Chama Milind and Kolkata Knight Riders have brought two Bengal players Sayan Mondal and Veer Pratap Singh but the local flavour has paved the path for a more pan-Indian palate However for some players this trend might come as a blessing in disguise For instance Mumbai’s Kulkarni and Abdulla have been part of Mumbai Indians and KKR earlier but having a star studded line-up meant both had to wait for their chances back then Kulkarni stayed buried in a team-sheet that boasted seamers like Munaf Patel Lasith Malinga Keiron Pollard and even Zaheer Khan It wasn’t easy to break into IPL sides teeming with international players This rejigging might force the local boys out of their comfort zones but that isn’t necessarily a bad outcome (Devendra Pandey is a special correspondent He is based in Mumbai) [email protected] For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by P Chidambaram | Updated: July 3 2016 12:33 am Crowd at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi (Source: Express photo by Praveen Khanna/File) Top News The people of the United Kingdom (UK) have decided to leave the European Union (EU) More accurately a divided people of a disunited kingdom have voted by a majority of less than 4 per cent to quit a Union they had joined 43 years ago Scotland Northern Ireland and London were on one side of the divide while England and Wales were on the other Most young people voted to ‘remain’ while most older people voted to ‘leave’ The vote to leave may not unravel the European Union but it threatens to unravel the United Kingdom and has raised the question ‘Why did Prime Minister Cameron decide to hold a referendum’ Share This Article Related Article Watch Video: What’s making news The UK is a parliamentary democracy not a plebiscitary democracy Policies and laws are made by Parliament not by the people directly Mr Cameron gambled on a referendum to quell an internal rebellion within the Conservative party and failed The cardinal rule of politics is that ‘never call a referendum (or a vote) unless you are certain that the outcome will be in your favour’ Mr Cameron violated the rule Why Because he assumed like many elected leaders that since he enjoyed the support of a majority in Parliament he enjoyed the support of a majority of the people as well That was a fatal mistake The people’s vote is defined by the time and the context of the vote But times change the context also may change The majority that a leader won in a parliamentary election will endure for the duration of the term but the leader may have lost the support of the people at large The leader may indeed be standing where he stood but the ground may have shifted under his feet Most Prime Ministers are loath to accept the fact that they may have lost the support of the people — at least on some crucial issues Mr Cameron miscalculated his support on issues such as immigration jobs and multi-culturalism He was absolutely right in taking the position — as any decent thinking man would — that Britain was a better country because it was multicultural; that jobs that the British people did not want to do had to be done by someone and the immigrants were willing to do those jobs; and that being part of the EU despite the obtrusive and oppressive bureaucracy in Brussels was good for the British economy Many people thought like Mr Cameron but many more thought otherwise As a result of the vote taken on June 23 British politics has imploded The UK is effectively without a Prime Minister and without a Leader of the Opposition 31% vs 69% Prime Minister Modi’s party the BJP was voted into office by 31 per cent of the people who took part in the voting A plurality of voters not a simple majority preferred his party In a first-past-the-post system that 31 per cent was sufficient to give the party a majority in the Lok Sabha Unquestionably it is a legitimate majority Yet I am sure the Prime Minister has often pondered on how to wean some of the 69 per cent to his side What the 31 per cent and the 69 per cent will do is not predictable One thing however is certain: the two numbers will not remain frozen for five years There could be an erosion of support for the government there could be an accretion Going by the results of elections held in different states since 2014 my guess is that Mr Narendra Modi has perhaps retained the support of the 31 per cent but has not won over any of the 69 per cent that had voted against the BJP in 2014 Is there a disconnect There is another way to look at the dichotomy between a majority in Parliament and a majority among the people Suppose we put the following questions to the electorate and ask them to vote on each question (a sort of a referendum): 1 Do you approve of the permission given to the Pakistan investigation team to visit Pathankot without extracting a promise from Pakistan to allow an Indian investigation team to visit Pakistan 2 Do you approve of the Prime Minister’s silence in the wake of provocative utterances by some of his ministers and Members of Parliament 3 Do you approve of the Prime Minister’s comment that MGNREGA was “a monument to the failure of the Congress party” 4 Do you approve of the manner in which the government handled the issue of a second term for the Governor RBI 5 Do you approve of the appointments made by the government to key institutions/bodies such as the ICHR FTII NIFT Central Board of Film Certification and Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts 6 Do you approve of the government’s decision to pass the GST law without putting a cap on the rate of tax which is an indirect tax and therefore a regressive tax I concede that none of these questions is as seminal as the ‘Remain or Leave’ question that was before the British people but it may be useful to the government to find out the measure of support My guess is that on each of these issues the government had (or has) the support of less than 31 per cent The wise course is to make corrections to avoid a disconnect with the people Website: pchidambaramin | Follow the author on Twitter: @Pchidambaram_IN For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Chandrajit Banerjee | Published: August 1 2014 12:29 am The effort should be to ensure transfer of land to the requiring body within two years Related News India needs a comprehensive shift towards better infrastructure more manufacturing and faster urbanisation all of which are dependent on the availability of land The legislation for land acquisition the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Resettlement and Rehabilitation Act was notified in December 2013 But it is believed to be under review by the new government and rightly so as many provisions included in the act make land acquisition almost impractical The new act which replaced the 1894 legislation was expected to cater to development imperatives while also providing a better deal for land-owners and others dependent on the land However it only freezes land acquisition through lengthy procedures and the imposition of high costs that render projects unviable The CII has taken up the onerous land acquisition legislation with the government over the years stressing that the principles underlying the process need to promote industrialisation and urbanisation and that the people impacted by land acquisition must be substantially better off after the process Land acquisition must be speedy simple and beneficial for all stakeholders The issues to be addressed include administrative procedures the definition of “project-affected families” and their resettlement and rehabilitation and compensation for land Technology and satellite imagery have made it possible to go in for scientific land acquisition beginning with the identification of fallow and unproductive lands These should be demarcated for land bank corporations in each state which would develop infrastructure and offer plots for industrial use in a transparent manner Digitisation of records must be fast-tracked to introduce transparency and facilitate detailed planning of land use for industrial agricultural and residential development Simultaneously ex ante zoning of land should segregate available land for different purposes over a 100-150-year horizon The act mandates consent of 80 per cent of the affected families when land is acquired for private projects This should be reduced to 60 per cent irrespective of land use by public or private entities Moreover there should be a specific time-frame for the possession of land after the required consent has been obtained so as to avoid prolonging the process by those who did not acquiesce Currently administrative procedures under the act are complex convoluted and lack clarity They require multiple public consultations for various environment and forest clearances lengthy and detailed negotiations and the setting up of several authorities and groups for different purposes The flow-chart would take a minimum time of almost five years if the schedules stipulated in the act are adhered to and more if not A socio-economic and cultural profile of the affected area is to be prepared through a social impact assessment (SIA) which would consider land required alternate land availability impact on infrastructure and many other issues Formal public hearings are to be held to present the findings of the SIA to obtain feedback and incorporate additional comments Hearings would also be held at gram panchayats whose land will not be acquired if they are found to be affected The number of such hearings is not specified in the act After the SIA report is finalised it would be disseminated and an independent multi-disciplinary expert group would be set up to examine it There is also a long process of identifying owners and affected persons to obtain consent that commences after the SIA The gram sabha would then pass a resolution giving or withholding consent to the land acquisition along with the negotiated and agreed terms of resettlement and rehabilitation (R&R) The required funds can now be placed with the district collector and the R&R process can begin requiring the construction of a township with specified infrastructural facilities The effort should be to ensure transfer of land to the requiring body within two years Some procedures could be carried out in parallel and a number of public consultations with the same set of people can be avoided The SIA is a complex procedure and requires professionals with uniform standards of assessment Model terms of reference may be prepared for different projects for standardisation and a representative of the requiring body should be included in the SIA team The compensation package in Schedule I of the act is another factor to be considered with respect to ascertaining if projects are viable As per CII calculations stipulated compensation increases the cost of land by about 3-35 times which might deter projects altogether The new act also mandates employment cash or annuity at the same rates for all project-affected families including those who do not substantially lose livelihood thus adding to land cost Industry has also been concerned about retrospective applicability of the act where awards under Section 11 of the earlier act had not been made and about the return of unused land within a short period We hope that the new government will take all these issues into account and review the current act The country and its young population cannot afford a long wait for the revival of growth and development The writer is director general Confederation of Indian Industry For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News not quite ready for Roland Garros after the birth of her son.

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