Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jul 2018 17:13:42









THE reason Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi gave for not publishing a White Paper on the Indian economy in 2014 when he came to power, is absolutely legitimate. He said in an interview that the Indian economy was in a terrible shape and the nation stood on the brink of a collapse. In such a situation, what was needed was to keep the national morale up rather than push it down by publishing gory details of the damage to the system. By stating this, the Prime Minister has made a pertinent point that the economy is not a system of just money fiscal management, but is also a major point of holding the nation and the larger society together. That is also why so many economic decisions are kept hidden from public domain because their exposure to common public can create shock-waves and leave the commoners bewildered. What Mr. Modi did was he cared for the collective mindset of the people. His Government kept saying the economy was in a bad shape, but did not talk of frightening details of the near-collapse in 2014.


FOR all the thrills the sensational 3-3 draw between Portugal and Spain produced a fortnight ago in Russia, there was a clear undertone of discomfort the 2010 World Champions were facing in their tactics (if there were any!). It transformed into a real mess as Spain, the title contenders, struggled to find the net in the next games, drawing two and winning just one before underdogs Russia ended their agony in a sensational shoot-out on Sunday night. The scorn that the Spanish media is heaping on their national team is not far off the mark. A team with a line-up of Andrés Iniesta, Sergio Ramos and Gerard Piqué was not supposed to go down with a whimper. The tone was set when Julen Lopetegui was sacked hours before the first game. Administrative chaos descended in the dressing room soon and Spain entered with a messed-up game plan, depending upon a highly predictable ‘tiki-taka’ style, where passes become a maze to trap the opponent. The plan boomeranged when Spain could not find a way ahead despite maximum possession.