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Medical encounters of the political kind

Dr R Neerunjun Gopee

Compared to my article of last week, ‘Medical encounters of the drugs kind’, this one is a bit trickier. ‘Political’ here not only refers to politicians of all ilk, grade, and background – from MPs to ministers --, but also those who are associated with them such as advisers, activists and agents, or those who use them either because they are close friends or to whom they are related – and on behalf of whom they feel they must show their influence or clout. All of the latter are as responsible or guilty for the irregularities which result, these being infringements of principles, procedures and regulations which in the first place have been established through due legislative-cum-legal process. Oftentimes the hangers-on of the politician act even more brazenly than their master, and to be fair, probably unbeknown to the latter.

Anil Gujadhur PDF Print E-mail

Green shoots for economic uptake?

The last six months have seen a synchronized resurgence in economic growth in different parts of the world. Are these the green shoots of a new phase of economic growth the world has been waiting for, almost ten years after the financial crisis of 2007? This may well be the case

Anil Gujadhur

It will be recalled that there erupted in 2007 a financial crisis of enormous proportion. Excessive amounts of fanciful loans of questionable recovery had been given by financial institutions to diverse borrowers (sub-prime in the US and inflated property loans in the EU, excessive lending to certain governments in Europe, mountains of failing corporate debt in emerging countries). By 2008, a wide-ranging financial and economic crisis was on the cards already. Millions lost their jobs. Consumers became over-prudent in their spending.

Dr Rajagopala Soondron PDF Print E-mail

That Private Tuition

-- Dr Rajagopala Soondron

After the introduction of the 9-year schooling system, generations of past school kids will still remember that much-hated screening that the old CPE had imposed on them. Some of us were somehow initiated into an archaic form of that latter system at an early age, and became part of that educational tragedy, though, sixty years ago, competition was less vicious.

Nita Chicooree-Mercier PDF Print E-mail

Udta Pradesh

-- Nita Chicooree-Mercier

A glaring example of the big gap between media opinion polls and the public is the recent Uttar Pradesh regional election result in India and a sweeping victory for the Prime Minister’s BJP in what has been a stronghold of other parties with Akilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party predicted as leading the battle. It is quite revealing about the loss of credibility of the mainstream media, mainly the written press in English and private TV channels which have been openly campaigning for Opposition and leftist parties. It looks like an anti-Establishment wave gaining ground in a number of countries. And the media is part of the Establishment which basks in wishful thinking and is estranged from the public on which it tries to impose its views. So-called independent media are downright biased and partial in their reporting of events, facts and public response.

Ramesh Beeharry PDF Print E-mail

Diplomacy: Time For A Rethink?

In a dynamic world where change is the only constant and today’s best practice can become obsolete tomorrow, it is imperative to keep updating our knowledge, and sharpening our expertise through refresher courses

-- Ramesh Beeharry

Soon after the PMSD withdrew from the Lepep Government (GM), there followed the usual spate of resignations of several heads of parastatals as well as municipal councillors and mayors. All of them PMSD candidates. We didn’t hear much of the lesser cadres, but I guess there must have been some there. However I must admit the one big surprise to me was the resignation of three ambassadors. But then again I don’t follow GM appointments that closely.

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