Vidya Bharati
To be of the left is to attract suspicion of having voted for those who aspire to be in West Bengal assembly very soon.However, one is looking at the tip of the iceberg and ignoring an organisation called the RSS that has functioned just below the surface of familiar political activity. As per their website, there are 301 Vidya Bharati primary schools in the state vis-a-vis 613 in UP. Saffron roots have been deeply embedded in this state for quite some time now.
Soumya Guhathakurta, Kolkata

Youth and Elderly Generations in Modi 2.0
Modi 2.0 has taken oath with huge people's mandate. What has brought this glorious victory that might be debated even upto 2024. This article seeks for clarifications from Modi 2.0 about its planning, policy and programme for the betterment of two generations- youth and elderly. India's most populous segment is youth and elderly. The census of India estimates 65% of the population is below 35 years. On the other hand, there are nearly 104 million elderly persons (aged 60 years or above) in India (Census Report, 2011) and a joint report of the United Nations Population Fund and HelpAge India reminds  that the number of elderly would be expected to grow to 173 million by 2026. Youth of India seeks a job to lead their future survival,and elderly expects an all-round measure for happily death, beside an agonized survival.

The slogan of Modi 2.0 is 'Sab ka bikash sab ka sath sab ka biswas'. It might be hopefully attractive. What are the strategies to meet the slogan in reality?  Perhaps it is just a theoretical slogan.

'Sankalp Patra' of NDA (election manifesto) did not show clear cut planning and programme for these two most populous segments. Although they have been voted for NDA with some hopes doubts for 2nd time.

There is need of Community based elderly resource centres for revival their condition true sense a national building.Beside this poor elderly, a minor percentage of elderly depends on the interest from various social security schemes (Monthly Income Saving). But government is deliberately trying to cut down the interest rate. How would it be made country's progress and development?
Harasankar Adhikari, Kolkata

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Vol. 52, No. 11, Sep 15 - 21, 2019