Graduate Student at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy
Tapish is an MIB candidate & Emerging Markets Scholar at the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy. Most recently, he was running a start-up in India focused on the niche Automotive e-commerce industry. He has a keen interest in the intersection of business and policy and has spent time in the government as an aide to Prof. PJ Kurien, Deputy Chairman of the upper house of the Indian Parliament, assisting him on Legislative and policy matters. He has also consulted for the World Development Forum and has worked with AT Kearney as an Analyst. He is a trekker and a travel blogger and writes on Team BHP. An alumnus of St. Joseph's College, Nainital, Tapish holds a degree in management from the University of Delhi and has attended an Executive Program in Leadership at the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad. He tweets @tapishbhatt
I take exception to the Delhi government's current strategy to check pollution because I feel that it tackles the issue only from the top. At the bottom of the problem lies the landlocked territory of Delhi surrounded by the most polluted areas of Faridabad and Gurgaon in Haryana, and Noida and Ghaziabad in UP. The increased measures in the national capital will not amount to much if these cities are allowed to go unchecked.
Despite the Simla Accord, where both countries accepted the demarcation, the LoC is not an internationally recognised border. This state of confusion pushes both parties to keep their claim on all of Kashmir alive. Pakistan openly supports the Hurriyat Conference, a self-styled "separatist" organisation. The Hurriyat, in turn, does not let the Valley return to normalcy. For long-term peace and prosperity in the Valley, the Indian government should relinquish its claim on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
We have 60 years of backwardness to catch up on and anything that speeds up growth and provides "better than yesterday" facilities, opportunities or education should be welcomed and not sabotaged in your hatred of one man.
In the case of a high-profile murder case in Delhi. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakhs to the family, but politely refused when he was asked to award the same sum to other victims of murder. Clearly, the lack of a national policy allows politicians to get into a game of one-upmanship depending on the media coverage an event receives.