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Administration for New Cities..

  SUMMARY India has to build many cities to meet the pressing need for Urbanization. However to ensure that such cities do not fall prey to the same failures that the earlier cities have succumbed to, it is necessary that clear Municipal Rules are laid out in advance and the Authorities s..

Justice System – Comments on..

Summary: A good Judicial system, properly implemented, is what keeps the other elements of a Democracy functioning properly and effectively.  Faith is belief and, in human interactions, is trust that truth and Justice will always prevail (Satyameva Jayate!). Faith may at times be a serious matte..

Water Crisis – the Solution..

Summary Water crisis of today is a man-made crisis arising from extensive deforestation, inefficient and insistence on growing water-hungry cash crops and other inefficient, wasteful and environmentally polluting Industrial andAgricultural practices. The value of water should be recognized and it..

URBANIZATION – Planning for ..

SUMMARY Urbanization is ongoing and inevitable, urban population today is about 65 percent, by 2030 it is likely that our urban population will become 50 percent and continue to grow. Cities should thus be planned to absorb such growth and provide the right environment and grow vertically so a..

The Sabarimala Temple Case..

Summary Equal rights and gender discrimination have been made the cause for entry into Temples where custom calls on Women of a certain age to not enter the Temple. No such case is being taken up where in some Temples, Men are not allowed. Temples being centres of a variety of energy fields, deci..

THE GRAND IRRIGATION AND POWER..

Summary: India is blessed with generous water availability, but only during the short monsoon period, and as much of this water goes waste, our Country suffers intensely under a recurring annual cycle of floods and drought which costs the Country dearly both by way of damage to crops and prop..

The Ayodhya Case..

SUMMARY The Ayodhya Ram mandir case is a long pending issue due to the inability of those concerned to understand the importance of Faith, Justice and what is a simple property dispute and to take an equitable decision thereon. Politics has given it an undue importance and led to procrastinat..

Smaller States - How Small? - ..

Summary The demand for the division of existing large States into Smaller States has long been pending. Some States such as Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Telangana have been carved out, though in the case of Telangana it was against the will of the State Legislature. Decisions on the division of St..

PRICING AND TAXATION POLICY - ..

Summary: Pricing of Public Resources for sale or lease to Private Parties should be vide a proper auction process that protects the interests of the Public. Taxation should be fair, comprehensive and equitable. All Goods and Services are not the same. Some are Enablers whose consumption enable..

Money and Financial Boom and B..

Summery In ancient times, the concept of Money allowed for a steady loss of value in accordance with Nature’s laws? Overtime as the Money transactions become safer or more secure and the financial systems allow for the concept of increasing value of Money due to compounding interest the financial..

Job Creation & Labour Regulati..

SUMMARY In the old days, wealth mostly came from agriculture and the landlords treated the farm workers as serfs. Then came the Industrial Age when he mostly illiterate workers needed the protection of the Unions to avoid exploitation. Under the Communist ideology regulations were passed and Capi..

Girl Child - Protecting & Impr..

Summary: A practical and actionable way to greatly improve the condition of the Girl Child of a poor Family. The girl child from a poor family faces the threat of abortion, of death at birth and, if allowed to be, a life of disadvantaged, malnutrition and discriminatory consideration that effects..

‘Gays’ Rights - A Secular ..

Summary Human relationships between two persons can be sexual or civil unions. Historically what was recognized as a Marriage was a commitment between a man and a woman made in a religious ceremony. However, today unions between two people of the same sex also need to be recognized as a Civil Uni..

Temples & Earth’s Energy gri..

SUMMARY All life on earth is sensitive  to some level or the other to the energy fields that are present across it. The fields are especially strong when the field line cross to form nodes. The energies at such nodes have some specific effects on all living creatures and those consciously aware..

Foreign Born Citizens -Their R..

Summary Citizenship can be acquired as a birthright or as a legal/ naturalized right. A born citizen is assumed to have a certain attitude, loyalty and commitment to the country. A naturalized legal citizen may or may not have a similar attitude or share equal loyalty and commitment to the adopte..

EQUALITY for ALL’ or are ‘..

Summary: The concepts of being ‘Equal’ and of being treated with ‘Equality’ are different and not understanding the difference between them leads to a great sense of deprivation and unhappiness. Equality is a matter of opportunity and consideration and should rightly be insisted upon ..

Education - in the 21st Centur..

Summary: Proper Education is a must to prepare our children for the Future world they would be growing up to live in. In the Agricultural era, education mainly meant the ability for counting, paying taxes and measuring of land. In the industrial age, education meant the ability to be timely in..

DREAM BUDGET- Version - 2.0 - ..

Summary A Dream Budget should not only be an exercise in Accounting, it should be a Policy statement about how to bring about general prosperity for All. Populism and Protectionism should be minimum and based on rational appreciation of the long term prosperity expected therefrom. History teac..

Counterfeit Currency and Black..

Summary: Counterfeit Currency debases the value of the lawful currency, increases inflation and acts against economic progress. Counterfeiting Currency and circulating it is a crime and, if done in a Country by another Country, is an act of War. Demonetization of all high value currency and encou..

Ayushman Bharat - Make it prac..

Summary: Health Care for All is the ideal to aim for and that can be assured only vide a comprehensive National insurance scheme with proper guidelines to determine and lay down the costs of medicines and procedures and of additional facilities demanded. (See-“Health Care for All”). The Ayush..

Armed Forces Special Powers Ac..

Summary The Armed Forces Special Protection Act (AFSPA) comes into effect only for the period and, where the Government has declared the area as disturbed and beyond the control of the administration and the police, when action is needed to keep the country together and failure is not an option. ..

Public Policies – Making the..

Summery Right decisions about Public Policies arise from proper understanding of, ‘Right’ from ‘Wrong’ and ‘Good’ from ‘Evil’, and of the concepts of morality, equity, justice and fair play. Don’t allow your personal desires to demand more from others than they are voluntarily ..

Wealth,Market Economics and En..

Summary: Wealth was always seen as representing such tangible resources as given by nature or those grown or domesticated or extracted. Obviously such wealth was limited and sharing of such wealth was always a ‘zero-sum’ game, in which if one got more, the other got proportionately less, ..

Religious Cultures and Dharmic..

Summary Ignorance may be bliss, but little knowledge is definitely dangerous. What is even worse is little knowledge of what you think you know and ignorance of what you oppose. An understanding of the Golden Rule and a willingness to learn to live in harmony with those you see as ‘others’ is..

Understanding, Varna, Caste/Ja..

Summary Availability of resources dictates location of settlements and their growth. Water is an essential for all life on the planet and is the most important resource. Geography and the climate determine how water is available at various locations and this dictates how life organizes itself and..

Equity in TAXATION & Comments ..

 Summary: Taxation, to the extent of enabling the Government to provide essential services is inevitable, but it should not be too burdensome on the real wealth creators. To be equitable its burden must fall on ALL proportionately. The Indian Income Tax (I.T.) regime is a spider-web of compli..

Lands / Rights - Acquisition &..

Summary Development at many times calls for acquisition of Property, curtailment of some Rights, of the people affected. It cannot be anyone’s rational argument that we deny development or leave resources unexploited. We should only seek to do so with equitable compensation to those affected an..

Electoral Reforms and Election..

Summary: A Democracy is only as effective as its electoral system. Our present electoral system suffers from many short-comings that, given the will of the people and support of the Election Commission and the Judiciary, canbe corrected easily. We need a system that selects the right cand..

DEMOCRACY - Effective, Account..

Summary: Democracy is a method of Government of the ‘People’ for ‘All the People’. Not a dictatorship of the ‘Majority’ non appeasement of any Minority, but with an understanding of the interests of All. However as any such system cannot really be designed for all times, a good syste..

Minority – What is it?..

Summary: Too many people seek to receive special consideration by claiming to be from a disadvantaged minority and hence worthy of such consideration. It hence becomes necessary for us to understand who really is from such a disadvantaged minority and how to define such minority, before we talk o..

Burkha and the Ability to Comm..

Summary Civilization developed because of the ability to communicate with each other. Anything that prevents proper communication must be done away with. Also any religious tenets or calls for modesty must be seen in the context of the culture as it varies from time to time and place to place. ..

"Equality for All or All are E..

Summary: The concepts of being ‘Equal’ and of being treated with ‘Equality’ are different and not understanding the difference between them leads to a great sense of deprivation and unhappiness. Equality is a matter of opportunity and consideration and should rightly be insisted upon ..

"Gays! Out of the Closet – A..

Key Concepts: Same Sex physical relationships may not be perceived as necessary or desirable but they are a fact of Social Life. Society must find ways to allow for such relationships without disturbing the Social fabric. The amended interpretation of article 377, by the Delhi High Court ..

"Languages - Make Us Strangers..

Summary: Language is for communication, both Nationally and Globally and, enough importance must be given to the Mother tongue / Local language and also to develop our ancient language Sanskrit. Especially today as the world is recognizing the importance of Sanskrit and is seeking to learn it. ..

"Accidents - Prevention & Miti..

Introduction: Increasing vehicular traffic especially within urban areas, and the resulting congestion of available road space, is leading to an ever increasing number of serious traffic accidents. Homes are also increasingly becoming scenes of accidents due to ever more appliances & chemical d..

"Bureaucrats – Selection & D..

Bureaucrats - Selection & Development (Also solving the problem of Officer Shortage in the Armed Forces) SUMMARY Qualified, competent, industrious Bureaucrats with high integrity and loyalty to the Nation and an attitude of ‘Service before Self’ are essential for a Government to functio..

"Urbanization - Planning for t..

"Urbanization" by P.T. Choudary, Chairman IDEAz www.ideaz4india.com Key Concepts: Rapid Urbanization of India is an ongoing and inevitable phenomenon. Restricted Land availability in cities requires vertical growth and designated mixed use areas. Urban Cities in India are unable..

GARIBI HATAO! - A Practical an..

Summary: A practical and actionable way to remove Poverty. Eradication of extreme poverty is a goal to which everyone subscribes, however no effective action has been taken these many decades after attaining Independence. Organized labour unions in the Government and Public sector have taken c..

Foreign Born Citizen – have ..

'FOREIGN BORN CITIZENS-Are all Citizens the Same; all the way, or only to a Limit?' by P.T. Choudary, Chairman IDEAz www.ideaz4india.com Quotations for consideration: “The test of good citizenship is loyalty to the Country.” – Bainbridge Colby . “Each one of us, by virtue o..

"War & Domestic Conflicts – ..

Highlights: Understanding the costs of war & conflicts in all their facets - waging war economically - controlling the size of the Military yet keeping it effective - considering costs of development vs. cost of domestic conflicts. Quotations for consideration: “War is not a word, i..

Girl Child - Protecting & Impr..

Summary: A practical and actionable way to greatly improve the condition of the Girl Child of a poor Family. The girl child from a poor family faces the threat of abortion, of death at birth and, if allowed to be, a life of disadvantaged, malnutrition and discriminatory consideration that effects..

Comments on Goods & Services T..

Comments on Goods & Services Tax (GST) and Income Tax (IT) by Maj P. Tuhinikar Choudary (Retd)  Chairman - Institute for Democratic & Economic Affairz (IDEAz) www.ideaz4india.com Summary Taxation is a necessity, it should however be fair and equitably applicable to all. Understandi..

"Health Care for ALL"..

Quotations for consideration: "Health is not valued till sickness comes."- Dr. Thomas Fuller . "The belief that all people are equal and that no one should be denied the best of medical services is idealistic, but impractical and leads to ballooning costs. The British National Service ..

Common / Uniform Civil Code - ..

Common / Uniform Civil Code - How to implement it? by Maj P. Tuhinikar Choudary (Retd)  Chairman - Institute for Democratic & Economic Affairz (IDEAz) www.ideaz4india.com Summary A Nation must have ONE system of Law for all its citizens as all citizens should have equal rights and be consi..

“Faith, Justice, Law & Order..

Quotations for consideration: “For those who have faith, who believe, - No evidence or proof is necessary: For those who don’t - No evidence or proof is sufficient.” – Anon “Now it has become clear to me, that it cannot be wisdom to assert the truth of one faith over another. In o..

Major Riots / Terrorist Attack..

Quotations for consideration: “When faced with a (sudden and unforeseen) challenge, do not rush forward with the ‘Answer’. (Unless the ‘Answer’ is a predetermined response to such a challenge. Otherwise) if at all possible find ways to steal time to allow matters to settle and clarify..

Leadership – or the lack of ..

 Summary The 26/11 terror attack at Mumbai was enabled to grow from an incident into a major terror attack due to lack of preparation or of standard operating procedures and due to a systemic absence of leadership willing to stand-up and be accountable. Quotations for consideration: “I..

"Stone Pelting - A Perspective..

Highlights: Stone pelting is a common provocation by rioters - Situation is escalated to trigger a hard response - Injuries and even deaths are then unavoidable - Soldiers / Security Forces are then blamed - Media used by rioters to exaggerate and escalate the blame - Proper perspective required ..

RAM SETHU - The Controversy..

RAM SETHU - The Controversy Summary Ram Sethu is the alleged land bridge, more a causeway, connecting India to Lanka as said to have been constructed by Lord Ram and his army at the time of the Ramayana. Recent attempts to dridge a passage through it for ships his led to great controversy, diving ..

SWADESHI - self-sufficiency/pr..

Summary: Swadeshi is a concept that calls for Protectionism and leads to making do with less and with lesser quality. Whilst trading what you make best for what others make best allows for better products and also saves your TIME to do what else you desire to do after doing what you need to do th..

"Pricing & Taxation Policy - F..

Quotations for consideration: “If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street. If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat. If you get too cold, I’ll tax the heat. If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.” – George Harrison… on the attitude of a Tax man. “Governments view of the economy..

"Indian Money in Foreign Banks..

Summary Confiscatory and ill-concerned tax regimes have motivated citizens to move their monies out of India.  We need to now seek to incentivize them to get it back into India for the overall benefit of the Country. A single broad-based Goods and Services Tax regime and doing away with Income ..

"Disaster -Management & Mitiga..

Highlights: Causes of Disasters - Prevention - Management - Mitigation - NDMA - Response to Disasters - Training & Preparation of NDMF - Dealing with Media - Responsibility of NDMF and transition of site to local authorities - Necessary Policies. Quotations for considerations: “The ..

Ecological Catastrophe – Man..

- Mainly due to Human activities? Summary: Per capita consumption of energy is the true measure of progress of civilization. The effects of the Industrial Revolution and the depredations of Colonization have ensured that such progress has been disproportionately applicable to the western w..

"Education in the 21st Century..

Summary: Proper Education is a must to prepare our children for the Future world they would be growing up to live in. In the Agricultural era, education mainly meant the ability for counting, paying taxes and measuring of land. In the industrial age, education meant the ability to be timely in..

Agricultural Reforms - Krishi ..

Summary: A practical and actionable solution to the Agriculture and Farmer problem. Agriculture faces the stress of smaller and uneconomical land holdings and of ever growing demands, from the ever growing population dependant on each acre, for food grains, proteins and fruits etc. the tiny ..

"The Grand Irrigation And Powe..

A follow-up to the GARLAND Canal Scheme as originally proposed by Capt. DINSHAW J. DASTUR and the recommendations thereon by Col. P.L.N. CHOUDARY , AVSM in 1977. Objective: “A solution to the problem of drought and flood that affects our Country” Our Country suffers intensely under a re..