Friday, January 21, 2011

Baltimore

I Went to Baltimore with my Friend Sunish Patrick to attend his American Citizenship swearing in Ceremony, here are some photos of Downtown Baltimore.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Reston, Virginia

Reston is a planned downtown in Fairfax County, It's a very well organized town, something I always imagined how a downtown area should be, neat, clean, well organized with all necessary amenities.

Some photos of Downtown Reston

Reston, Virginia

Monday, January 10, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Explaining Manipur’s Breakdown and Mizoram’s Peace: the State and Identities in North East India

I was surprised coming across an article comparing Mizoram & Manipur's development & the role of peace researched by Hassam M Sajjad in London School of Economics, one of the best institutions in the world for studying Economics and Research. Please download from the link given below if you are interested in reading the whole article.- http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/28150/

I once had an interesting conversation with an International Aid consultant from Australia where we discussed about economic development and one thing he mentioned to me that really struck me was that "peace" is a pre requisite for development and I think we will find that to be very true. We can prove this by comparing just two states in India, Mizoram & Manipur.



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Mizoram with the Highest Human Development in Northeast India


I came across this document which has been prepared by Delhi business Review in collobration with UNDP and I am very certain that this figures are right. With regards to Human Development Index, it basically deals with Literacy, Life expectancy & Living standard. It may come as a surprise to many that Mizoram tops the list, but to a certain extent, the reason that Mizoram has come out on top of the Human Development Index despite of proper infrastructure like Hydro Projects, Railway line, Industries, Factories, Medical & Engineering college because of the strong sense of community, the coming of Christianity and growth in literacy & awareness of healthy living practisce , the community action taken by Young Mizo Association, the strong check & balance against corruption taken by Church, the high level of urbanization due to grouping of villages during the MNF movement and many other factors.
Some of you may be surprised that big states like Assam do not come on top, but let's remember that Assam is a big state with lots of natural resource but much of the development work does not reach the urban & rural poor befitting it's size. It may also surprise some that Meghalaya does not have a very high development index, but Meghalaya is not Shillong, shillong maybe urbane & sophisticated but there is a huge gap between shillong & the other rural areas.