Guest Columns

THE GST EXPERIENCE – by Arun Jaitley

Goods & Service Tax (GST in India

It has been one year since the country’s switchover to a new indirect taxation system – the Good and Services Tax. One single tax replaced seventeen taxes and multiple cesses imposed by the Central and the State Governments. This had obviously necessitated every assesses to file multiple returns, have an interface with multiple inspectors and assessing authorities, suffer the cascading ...

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Dedicated soul: Sister Nivedita, an inspiration to today’s India

28th October 2017 will mark Sister Nivedita's 150 Birth Anniversary.

“I doubt whether any Indian loved India the way Nivedita loved her”, said Bipin Chandra Pal, the great freedom fighter. Tagore called her the “Lok Mata’, for her self-sacrificing services to India. Margaret Elizabeth Noble, was rechristened as Nivedita, “the dedicated” by Swami Vivekananda. Inspired by Swamiji’s fervent call for upliftment of Indian women, Nivedita reached the shores of India, ...

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For Gandhi Non-violence was akin to Swacchta and must for a healthy mind in a healthy body

(File Picture) PM Narendra Modi at exhibition “Swachchhagrah – Bapu Ko Karyanjali - Ek Abhiyan, Ek Pradarshani”, to mark the 100 years of Mahatma Gandhi’s first experiment of Satyagraha in Champaran, organised by the National Archives of India in April 2017.

India’s decisive battle against cleanliness and hygiene has got a fillip through ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’, Cleanliness is Service, which draws attention to making sanitation a shared responsibility. Embedded in the idea of this top-up initiative to the already ongoing ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’ (SBM) is a clear invocation for the masses to shun the entrenched notion that cleanliness is but the ...

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Swachhta Hi Seva Campaign to create a clean, healthy and New India

The President of India Ram Nath Kovind administering the pledge at the launch of a nationwide sanitation campaign, ‘Swachhta hi Sewa’, at Ishwariganj village in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh on September 15, 2017. In presence of the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Ram Naik, the Union Minister for Drinking Water & Sanitation, Uma Bharti, the Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath and several other other dignitaries.

Mahatma Gandhi had once famously said “sanitation is more important than political freedom.” This statement underscored the criticality of sanitation in society. Inspired by these words, on August 15, 2014, the Prime Minister gave a clarion call to the Nation from the ramparts of Red Fort to fight filth and open defacation, change old habits and achieve a Swachh Bharat ...

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“Decoding PM’s Speech”: Article by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi addressing the Nation on the occasion of 71st Independence Day from the ramparts of Red Fort, in Delhi on August 15, 2017.

As a colleague I feel the need to appreciate certain remarkable and distinct patterns emerging from his address, which reflect in his entire concept of governance almost like mantras. Broadly, there are several underlying themes into which the thrust of every single point he made can be placed. “We have completed 70 years since Independence and now we are in ...

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Power Apps to empower Digital India

Determined to provide Power to All and instil- Piyush Goyal addressing at the launch of the Energy Conservation Building Code 2017, developed by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency, at a function, in New Delhi on June 19, 2017. (File Picture)

Every government comes to power with the promise of serving the people and making their country a better place to live in. When this promise is broken, by inefficiencies and corruption, people’s trust in their leadership is shaken, and they demand answers. In elections then, the people give their own answer to the government, and expectations are transferred to the ...

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India’s fast changing multimodal transport landscape

The Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari striking the Gong at the Listing Ceremony of Cochin Shipyard, in Mumbai on August 11, 2017.

The progress of a country is closely linked to the efficiency with which it transports its man and material. A good transport system aids economic growth by providing essential connectivity between available resources, centres of production and the market.  It is also a vital factor in promoting balanced regional growth by ensuring the delivery of goods and services to the ...

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India perceives robust statistical systems: A tool for good governance

Sadananda Gowda with the Governor of West Bengal, Keshari Nath Tripathi, Former President of India Pranab Mukherjee at launch of pictorial album on Prof. Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, at the 125th Birth Anniversary Year of Prof. Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, at Kolkata, in West Bengal on June 29, 2017.

The role of Statistics in formulation, monitoring and evaluation of developmental policies needs no emphasis.  Statistics is also required for improving transparency and accountability in the implementation of policies through better understanding and control on delivery of public services. To cater to the requirements, a robust statistical system needs to be in place for collection, validation, compilation and dissemination of ...

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A happy customer is best brand ambassador: Experience Hyundai with Gour Kanjilal

An eye opener account on consumer expectations and likely rewards on making them happy

India is a big market, where most of the global brands today are competing to win a sizeable market share and grow. But, then the dynamics of the Indian marketplace are changing so very fast. Here is a happy story by Gour Kanjilal, executive director, Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), who formerly retired from Ministry of Tourism and had represented ...

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Online boom helping convert Indian middle class international vacation aspiration seamlessly

Bollywood Movies for long lured Indian travellers to overseas destinations. Yash Raj Films here had always been loved for destinations it features in its movies like the one above

In the pre-millennium era, international travel was luxury so rare to the point that it was a celebrated event, except for the rich, as it required really deep pockets. But as we crossed past the millennium mark, things gradually began to change. The next generation showed signs of true wanderlust and aided by strong changes in employment and economic trends, ...

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Statistics play key role in nation building

The President, Pranab Mukherjee addressing at the National Celebration of 125th Birth Anniversary Year of Prof. Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, at Kolkata, in West Bengal on June 29, 2017.

In the words of Prof. Mahalanobis “Statistics must have a clearly defined purpose, one aspect of which is scientific advancement and the other human welfare and national development.” And in both the aspects his contribution has been immense. He is rightly referred to as the chief architect of Indian statistical system as well as father of statistical science in India. ...

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Pilgrimage tourism in India traditionally connect people to nature

Rail connectivity to boost tourism through char-dham-yatra

Traditionally the pilgrimage centres in India are mainly located in the natural surroundings, especially in the mountains or banks of the rivers. The Char Dham Yatra in Himalayas is an excellent living example of how our culture provided opportunity to people across the country to enjoy the beauty of nature with reverence to the trees, rivers and mountains. The bridle ...

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