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on January 31, A conspiracy is now underway to reopen it and an effort is being made to make it a political and legal issue.000 notes. “And that too,Written by Alok Sheel | Updated: May 19 2014 8:22 am Related News Economic growth declined sharply across the globe following the trans-Atlantic financial crisis of 2008-09. Despite what is arguably the greatest growth potential amongst major economies in the world the Indian economy is stuttering After a recovery to 86 per cent in 2009-10 and 89 per cent in 2010-11 after the global meltdown of 2007-08 India’s growth rate declined almost continuously over several successive quarters from Q1 2010-11 to Q1 2012-13 As a result annual economic growth moderated significantly to 67 per cent in 2011-12 45 per cent in 2012-13 and is estimated to be below 5 per cent in 2013-14 Economic growth declined sharply across the globe following the trans-Atlantic financial crisis of 2008-09 Growth in emerging markets (EMs) still overly dependent on final consumer demand in advanced economies has also declined sharply India was expected to weather the storm better than its EM peers because of its greater reliance on domestic demand Over the last three years the decline in Indian growth has however been steeper than in several major Asian EM peers including China and Indonesia and indeed emerging Asia taken together Except China the BRICS are no doubt growing slower than India but Indian growth trends need to be assessed by Asian standards Domestic factors seem to have played a large role in the decline in growth The downturn is not simply cyclical Macroeconomic stabilisation policies — monetary and fiscal — can therefore play only a limited role in remedying the current stagflationary mix of low growth and high inflation Fiscal and monetary tightening to target inflation would further reduce growth at this juncture Monetary policy is also a blunt tool for targeting inflation emanating from supply side constraints in agriculture On the other hand monetary and fiscal stimulus to target low growth will only add to inflationary pressures without ramping up supply in the short run Recent incremental capital output ratios indicated that it was nevertheless possible to accelerate growth over the short run This is because the decline in growth was much sharper than the decline in investment pointing to a decline in the productivity of capital rather than in growth potential A number of measures to stabilise growth by de-bottlenecking projects under execution and accelerating new projects in the pipeline were consequently put in place over the last 18 months but they have yet to yield the expected outcome Although the decline in growth seems to have bottomed out since the second quarter of 2012-13 manufacturing exports and new investment remain flat Current data on lead indicators such as purchase of vehicles consumer durables and housing also suggest that the recovery is far from certain There is also a sharp decline in the pipeline of fresh projects that underpin medium-term growth The overall investment sentiment remains weak and macroeconomic imbalances (the twin current account and fiscal deficits and a continuing demand-supply gap reflected in high inflation) continue to be high by EM standards Recent declines in the CAD and inflation are more a reflection of the sharp decline in growth rather than a return to a virtuous cycle of robust growth and macroeconomic balance India’s economic potential deriving from rising savings declining poverty a big and growing middle class and good demographics continues to be good According to the IMF’s World Economic Outlook of April 2014 India has the potential to overtake China’s growth rate within five years To realise this however confidence-boosting political signals are needed to turn around investor sentiment Beyond this key challenges emanating from current macroeconomic and structural imbalances and institutional weakness need to be addressed to put the economy back on a sustainable high-growth trajectory Market expectations from a new executive frequently lead to bull runs that can revive animal spirits essential to re-ignite the investment-growth cycle But these sentiments can be sustained only through credible signals from the new government of a strong commitment to address the sticky issues that had adversely impacted investor sentiment in the first place This would inter alia mean major reforms in policies on land labour and agriculture which have been largely untouched by economic reforms since the 1990s These reforms should be seen to be done within an overall institutional framework of free markets simple easy to enforce rules transparent governance and policy coherence The overall objective should be to create opportunities for investment employment and personal income growth rather than simply redistributing incomes through tax transfers and subsidies Specific policy thrusts in four broad areas that target the current structural weaknesses of the Indian economy are also required First an investor-friendly policy environment needs to be created which is conducive to private investment in labour-intensive manufacturing and physical infrastructure This would address the CAD create employment and improve the productivity of physical and human capital Second reform of agricultural markets would strike the inflation problem at its root Third fiscal restructuring should improve tax buoyancy and redirect public expenditure from untargeted non-merit subsidies to public infrastructure while keeping the overall deficit within prudent limits Fourth governance and policy coherence can be improved through effective enforcement of a limited number of simple non- discretionary rules and by conflating the large number of government departments that have fragmented policymaking over the years into about 15 ministries Consensus on bold policy initiatives in a challenging political environment can be made easier by taking states into confidence and giving them the policy space to adapt and implement what is acceptable to their civil societies Policy convergence is more likely through the demonstration effect from implementation and outcomes in other states than through a top-down approach Views are personal For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Waris Mazhari | Updated: August 11 2016 12:23 am Some Muslims incorrectly believe that any rule whose origin is from outside the four schools of Sunni jurisprudence is prohibited and that is why they oppose the argument for making three talaqs in one sitting to be counted as just one Top News The issue of triple talaq in one sitting has once again become a subject of heated discussion Many Muslims continue to oppose the argument that uttering the word talaq in one sitting cannot dissolve a Muslim marriage This is because triple talaq in one sitting as constituting an irrevocable divorce has been the position of many (though not all) of the scholars affiliated with the four major schools of Sunni jurisprudence for centuries Some Muslims incorrectly believe that any rule whose origin is from outside the four schools of Sunni jurisprudence is prohibited and that is why they oppose the argument for making three talaqs in one sitting to be counted as just one However this concept has no authentic foundation in Islamic jurisprudence In Sunni jurisprudential history there are many instances of practices which were followed earlier by others and were later adopted by the Sunni ulema or scholars of Islamic jurisprudence due to changes in socio-historical circumstances Since the period of the companions of Prophet Muhammad a considerable number of Muslim scholars and jurists have insisted that if a Muslim husband utters the word talaq three times in one sitting it constitutes one talaq According to Ibn ul-Qayyim (d1350) the Islamic jurist and theologian some noted companions of the Prophet such as Ali (the fourth Caliph of the Sunni Muslims) Abdullah bin Masood Abdullah bin Abbas Zubair bin Awwam and Abdur Rahman bin Awf viewed the utterance of the word talaq in one sitting as one not three and thus as not resulting in an irrevocable divorce (al-talaq ul-mughallaza) When formulating the law about divorce it appears that the Quran tends to restrain quick divorce since it clearly suggests that “a divorce is only permissible twice: after that the parties should either hold together on equitable terms or separate with kindness” (2:229) According to this verse there must be room for retaining the wife after uttering the word talaq This would not be possible if triple talaq in one sitting were considered irrevocable It seems illogical and unnatural that a marital relationship of say 30 years breaks off within 30 seconds without leaving a chance for reconciliation The Quran (4:22) refers to the agreement which a husband and a wife pledge together as a ‘strong covenant’ and obviously that cannot be so vulnerable and easily broken by a one-sided decision taken in a state of anger or depression Those who claim that three talaqs in one sitting count only as one and not three — and so does not result in the end of a Muslim marriage — infer their opinion from a hadith recorded in the Sahih Muslim a collection of hadith reports widely respected among Sunni Muslims According to this report Abdullah bin Abbas a companion of the Prophet said that triple talaq in one sitting was considered as one in the period of the Prophet the period of the first caliph Abu Bakr and during the early years of the second caliph Umar (Sahih Muslim 1482) Another tradition relates that a companion of the Prophet Rukanah bin Yazid divorced his wife thrice in one sitting He then regretted what he had done and approached the Prophet The Prophet asked him how he had divorce his wife Rukanah answered that he had done so by pronouncing the word talaq thrice The Prophet asked him if he had pronounced it in a single sitting to which he replied in the affirmative The Prophet then said that it had the effect of one divorce and that if he wanted to take his wife back he could Defenders of triple talaq in one sitting often cite the enforcement of this practice by Umar the second Caliph In response it can be said that this was intended for the welfare of society in that particular socio-historical context Umar thought it an appropriate ruling as men had made talaq a joke by taking back their wives even after uttering the word talaq several times because of which their wives had to suffer being stuck in a vicious circle and not being able to gain their freedom The issue of triple talaq is a sensitive one Traditionalist Muslim scholars wrongly regard even the slightest deviation from the opinion of their school as unlawful On the other hand are the thousands upon thousands of Muslim women whose lives are being destroyed by the effects of this method of divorce It is incumbent upon Muslims to find a balanced solution to this in accordance with the teachings and spirit of Islam Muslims must take initiatives for the reform of the practice of talaq This reform needs to happen at the level of laws Many Muslim-majority countries have reformed their laws and consider three talaqs in one sitting to be just one Indian Muslims must come forth to support this sort of reform realising that it is essential for their own welfare The writer a graduate of the Dar ul-Uloom Deoband is a PhD from the Department of Islamic Studies Jamia Millia Islamia where he is presently teaching For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top News former mayor SC Rai and senior counsel of the High Court, city mayor Dinesh Sharma, including the secretaries, With Modi focusing on building an "accountable" system that will curb the culture of sensational journalism.

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Muslim women show their inked fingers after casting their votes for Lok Sabha polls at a polling station in Murshidabad district on Thursday.Kolkata: Three presiding officers in the Jangipur Lok Sabha constituency were removed today by the Election Commission after Trinamool Congress candidate SK Nurul allegedly influenced voters and violated prohibitory orders