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Here's the YouTube link for a discussion a couple of days ago on NewsX tv channel, titled "Modi vs The Rest." Senior journalist Priya Sahgal's old school style of asking all the tough questions but in a modest, restrained style works very well in having a real debate and not just squabbling. Panelists included MPs Rajeev Gowda of Congress, Bharatendra Singh of BJP, ex MP Pavan Varma of JDU,...
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The Roundtable: Is it Modi Vs the Rest?

The results of the five state assembly polls has given a huge mandate to the BJP or to say to PM Modi, which has set a sort of a reverse polarisation. Can th...

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03/25/2017 at 10:32. Facebook
Glimpses of my ongoing quarterly review of infrastructure projects construction in Kendrapada. The comprehensive report, with pics & notes will be updated next month. As always, all pics are freshly clicked, and are DATE-STAMPED & GEOTAGGED for accountability. Regular visitors to this page are familiar with my two detailed quarterly reviews. The pics here are all of much-needed projects...
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Paid my last respects to late MP Shri Pyari Mohan Mohapatra at his Bhubaneswar residence. We had both worked very closely together, as well as had political differences​. But our personal rapport had throughout been excellent & i had always treated him with high regard & respect. Irrespective of how his relationship with the Biju Janata Dal ended, it is undeniable that for a dozen years till...
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I wrote this piece for the Prime Minister's innovative app, which now includes opinion articles among its already impressive content. It's not praise to recognise his dominance in Indian politics today but simply a recognition of fact, which even very senior opposition politicians have now begun to acknowledge openly. But what are some of the characteristics that it takes to achieve such...
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The Modi Effect

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A few pics from the many places i visited today, these from Gunupur in Rayagada and Tumudibandha in Kandhamal districts, both deep in the interiors of southern Odisha.

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My article on data protection. As digital India surges ahead, there are huge gains to be had, but there are also dangers against which we must safeguard. My argument is to not throw the baby out with the bathwater. I support Aadhaar and the many other initiatives for digitisation, but at the same time there must be new legislation on data protection & privacy. Do read. Comments, questions,...
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My monthly OpEd column in today's Times of India, "How BJP Secured Pole Position." The headlines and box captions capture the essence of the article, but not all aspects. Do read the article for more details and nuance. My analysis has touched on various other parties as well, including BJD. As always, comments, questions, suggestions & constructive criticism are all welcome, both here and on...
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My Zero Hour intervention in the Lok Sabha today (link to video below), on the dramatic new turn in the terrorism threat to India after the first ISIS-affiliated attack. Though we have faced more than a quarter century of state sponsored terrorism from across our western border, not to mention domestic terrorism from Maoists and others, this is different. Not even Al Qaeda was as much of a...
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Births, deaths, weddings, and walkabouts meeting people, today was a typical day in the constituency for me. It can get hectic, but if you like people (i do!) then even when it gets long and tiring, it doesn't feel so. I cherish the bond that i have with my constitutents, and they give me enormous affection...

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Yesterday was the latest of my policy workshops for college students & young professionals, conducted at the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) campus at Delhi University. Participants were not just from FMS, but many institutes & organisations. I've been holding these for several years around the country, at Bangalore, Pune, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Bhubaneswar, and Delhi. These are non partisan...
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Was in different parts of my constituency today, making condolence visits, catching up with families whose wedding i had missed and so on. Of course, as always, I walked around, met constituents, chatted with people at tea shops about various issues. Once the post Panchayat election hubbub settles down, the district councils, chairpersons etc finalised, i will soon be resuming my...
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Today i called on ailing 90 year old former Speaker of the Lok Sabha Hon'ble Shri Rabi Ray in Cuttack's SCB Hospital. He is an icon in Odisha's political arena, having reached the pinnacle of India's legislative branch. Afterwards, i caught up with some political colleagues, both local leaders as well as some youngsters, and chatted over tea. Some media persons were there and asked a few...
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Yesterday in Delhi, among many other events, these two stood out. In one, i participated in an engaging round table discussion with Hollywood actor and activist Ashley Judd, along with some other MPs and anti-trafficking activists. I discussed my involvement with Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi's efforts, as well as my work for exploited brick kiln workers. It was hosted by Rwitwika...
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Please check out this showcase of upcoming artists from Odisha, supported by established ones (Jatin Das, Jagannath Panda etc) organised by Art Tree. No passes needed, open to public, do visit and spread the word. I will be there at the opening, look forward to seeing you there!

Odisha Artists' Showcase: Hues Of Neelanchal

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My monthly Times of India column in today's editions, on the importance of following due process in conducting IT raids. The headlines & box items point out the problem, but do read the full article, where i propose a solution. My approach, as always, is to analyse both sides of an issue, compare how other nations have handled such problems, and look for solutions in our context. Comments,...
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My question today in the Lok Sabha, on railway safety, especially on the topic of delayed overbridges (with an example from Tangi in my constituency). Btw, Railway minister Suresh Prabhu is a friend, whom i admire for his high ethical standards, professionalism and ceaseless pursuit to improve our rail system. He has also overcome decades of railways' neglect of Odisha and responded to the...
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Baijayant Panda raises issue of rail safety in Odisha

Baijayant Panda asks a question to Honorable Railway Minister about rail safety in Odisha, giving specific example of the railway overbridge(ROB) at Tangi in...

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If in Delhi Feb 19th-25th, please join me in checking out this showcase for struggling artists from Odisha at the Lalit Kala Academy. Odisha's long tradition of the arts (the reason one of its ancient names was "Utkala") continues even today, with many artists passionately pursuing their dreams. This they do even without recognition or support. Come, let's change that. I'm sure you won't be...
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Hues of Neelanchal

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Participated in a post budget discussion on NewsX television, alongwith Dr Subramanian Swamy, Rajeev Chandrashekhar, & Manish Tewari, moderated by the excellent Priya Sahgal. It was as policy discussions ought to be: no shouting, solid debate. Do watch...

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The Roundtable: Decoding the Budget

This week on The Roundtable, we try to decode the Union Budget announced for the financial year 2017-18 by the Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley. An eminent pan...

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Here is my article in the February issue of Swarajya magazine on how to root out black money in politics. Though it was published yesterday, which also saw the Budget announcement in the Lok Sabha on some steps to cleanse political funding, the article was actually written several days earlier. Regular visitors to this FB page & my website will know that I've been pushing for political funding...
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Driving Black Money Out Of Politics, Step By Step

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Here's my latest quarterly review of ongoing infrastructure projects in my constituency, for Oct-Dec 2016. Regular visitors to this page will be familiar with these reviews of big, medium & small projects, as well as separate quarterly reviews for MPLAD-funded projects, which was posted last week. Since many people ask, i should mention one of the flagship projects is Kendrapada's FIRST...
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Jan 2017_Ongoing Kendrapara Projects Review.pdf

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