RTI Act Amendment: Killing One More Institution?
The issue of RTI Act Amendment basically is: Should the truth about the arbitrary, autocratic, corrupt and opaque functioning of government and its instrumentalities be brought in the open and made accountable? When the government is killing the Information Commission it is expressing its own fear of the truth and is projecting a false image before the public.
Rob Peter To Pay Peter
PSUs were assiduously built from the blood and sweat of the taxpayers. Their sales were controversial and scandalous. Some were sold to other PSUs at high prices, they were purchased by private players at ridiculous prices, and the government used the proceeds largely to lower its looming fiscal deficits
India Inc. In Distress
A fear psychosis has pervaded India Inc. unleashed by a mountain of bad corporate loans and a dictatorial insolvency law. Alam Srinivas explores how financial terror has gripped the country.
Hamster On A Wheel
The demand to ban TikTok and break the encryption technology of WhatsApp highlights the challenges that rapidly evolving digital technologies pose for India. The absence of data protection laws further exacerbates the problem, leaving millions of Indians vulnerable to behavioural manipulation by vested groups. Vivek Mukherji reports.
Bengal At Peril, Naturally
Bengal is staring at all round environmental disaster, from north to south. But nobody except some environmentalists is concerned
The Future of China-India Relations
China and India are rising almost simultaneously.
Should IAS Be Discredited?
There is unspoken anguish and agony among those who came into the IAS as a mission and not mercenary service. Some of them are imploding and this could turn into explosion if not promptly addressed and remedied
Honey Trap Scandal - MP Power Elite Exposed
Shocking disclosures of a middle-aged woman’s perverted ingenuity has brought to the fore the debauched underbelly of bureaucracy and politics of Madhya Pradesh.
Adhir Chowdhury - A Local Phenomenon On A National Stage
Adhir Chowdhury, the Congress leader in this Lok Sabha, has led a controversial life. he decimated the Left in his constituency Baharampur in Bengal and soon became a strongman of the region. Charged with a number of cases, it remains to be seen how Chowdhury fares at the national level
The New Logistics Messiah
Karnataka cadre officer N Sivasailam has been creating ripples with his no-nonsense approach to the critical logistics department. he’s the single window bureaucrat blue-pencilling the logistics matrix to take the economy to the uS$5 trillion trajectory over the next five years
Much Ado About Nothing
In a new world order, dominated by a multi-polar world, India needs to establish herself strongly along with the uS, Russia, Eurozone, China, and Japan. Modi’s personalised diplomacy is a huge attempt to achieve this objective. his endeavour is to leverage India’s status as an economic power to achieve political and diplomatic clout. Naturally, the spectacular extravaganza at Houston has been hailed by many as a shining feather in Narendra Modi’s cap. but as the show was watched by millions, Modi’s blatant endorsement of Trump’s candidature – ab ki baar Trump sarkar – left diplomats and bureaucrats baffled. diplomacy has always been a behind the scenes activity – nuanced and sensitive – and not a roll of the drums. as Prime Minister of India, Modi represents over a billion Indians and yes, he was voted back to power with a resounding majority to lead India. No, he was probably not given the mandate to support Trump. Now, diplomats and analysts the world over are keeping a close watch on his fast-paced diplomatic marathon. Implicitly, the question that begs an answer is whether India has a stake in Trump’s re-election. Can any country have a stake in another’s politics? Let us recall the noise over Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 American elections. So what if Modi was on a stage and loud and clear – the implied effect is the same. after all the Indian diaspora in the US is over 3 million and represent a sizeable vote bank. This at a time when Trump is fighting to extricate himself from possible impeachment, not to mention the various alleged scandals that have clouded his four-year-term. Modi’s hurrah for Trump is sure to have a cascading effect and whether it is positive or negative in nature only time will tell. Seema Guha explores Modi’s diplomatic forays and analyses whether India has gained any leverage so far.
Need For Power Projection Beyond Doklam
China’s pull out from Doklam is a confirmation and acceptance of India’s assertive power in the region. But, India needs to speed up not only the modernisation of its military power but also integration of military in its geo-political and foreign policy discourse and implementation
BSNL Buying Outdated 2G Technology
This is a story of a flawed business strategy being pursued by one of the most powerful, and allegedly a not-so-clean, CMD of a mega public sector entity. He has incurred the wrath of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), reportedly got rid of his Secretary, allegedly caused a huge loss to the exchequer, and possibly crafted tenders to favour select foreign suppliers. Yet his juggernaut moves on. Despite several charges, Anupam Shrivastava continues, and thrives, as the head of the state-owned telecom major, BSNL. The reason: the blessings of a brother of his former boss, Ravi Shankar Prasad, the former telecom minister, and a powerful lobby within the PMO. In the recent past, Shrivastava allegedly caused a â‚¹1,000-crore loss to the exchequer as he released unauthorised payment to a subsidiary of a Chinese firm. He issued advance purchase orders to Finnish Nokia and Chinese ZTE to supply network equipment for the firm’s â‚¹6,000 crore national mobile network expansion. Critics charge that the tenders were drafted to favour the two firms. Recently, JS Deepak, the former Secretary (Communications) was shunted out because of the delays in the laying of optic fibre cables in the North East. However, the fault lay with Shrivastava, who had cancelled the tender. This article focuses on the CMD’s myopic vision to expand in 2G, even as the Indian private players, and other majors worldwide, aggressively move towards 3G and 4G.
TN Pandey had some interesting experiences during his long tenure in the Indian Revenue Service
Raising The Bar
Economic development in the 21st century depends on implementation of policies, programmes and projects. That, in turn, depends on how effectively we follow-up. In South Asia, India was first to implement a government performance monitoring and evaluation system in 2009 but it seems to be lagging behind Bhutan and Bangladesh now.
Blessed Are The Poor
BJP’s deliberate efforts at establishing poverty as the chief element in the bio-data of its aspirants for high office
My Right Or State's?
The Supreme Court judgment on the right to privacy will have far-reaching repercussions. It will decide whether an individual’s right is larger than that of the State.
Lessons Of Life
On the verge of joining the Atomic Energy Commission, father’s death changed the course of Vinod Vaish’s life and brought him into civil services
Is IAS Self-Destructing?
Without analysing and understanding the reasons for the shortage of IAS officers, which is mainly due to the archaic recruitment system and chaotic cadre management, PMO has opted to abandon the constitutional scheme of things and run to the market.
Most people do not realize to what extent their lives moulded by memory.
Implement With Caution
The idea of bringing able people from the academic or corporate sectors into suitable positions in government is basically sound, provided it is done with sincerity of purpose and transparency.
Doctor With A Mission
An oncologist of repute, Dr Barat Barai is the man behind Narendra Modi’s successful Madison Square Garden reception in September 2014.
Chartered Accountants In PM's Line Of Fire
Black sheep can be found in any walk of life, but their few numbers can hardly justify condemning an entire group or profession.
What Are We Testing?
Prelim exams for IAS and other civil services need not get reduced to examining the warehousing capacities of examinees.
The man behind the world famous Khajuraho dance festival, PC Sen was also responsible in increasing MP Tourism’s budget and bringing Air India staff’s emoluments at par with the private sector.
Paresh Baruah Rings Alarm Bells
With the demise of SS Khaplang, the legendary Naga rebel who abrogated truce with India in 2015, Indian security agencies have reasons to be worried. Now it will be Paresh Baruah, the reckless ULFA (Independent) boss who will call shots in the entire North-East where militants of different ethnicities have come together to wage guerrilla warfare.
Niti Ayog Where Is The Transformation?
NITI Ayog has lost track of its mandate and is wandering in the wilderness. Global summits and taking agenda briefs from multinationals cannot deliver this transformation.
Merger Of Oil Companies Caught On The Wrong Foot
Investments depend on risk-taking abilities, especially for spending money on overseas ventures, and autonomy. The State-owned oil companies possess neither. Vertically-integrated oil majors make sense if these too are handed over to the managements.
Demonetisation Hits Human Trafficking
Demonetisation scheme announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November 2016 was aimed, among other things, to hit out at black money, parallel economy and criminal activities. As we cross the six-month threshold, Abhishek Narain analyses whether the decision has impacted the human trafficking industry which thrives on black money and is this move enough to have a long-term impact on the inhuman trafficking activities.
Business Of Freedom
While revenues are increasing, earnings are being squeezed by rising fuel, labour and maintenance expenses. Finding alternative means to keep flying secure without the inconvenience of the current laptop ban, combating human trafficking, implementing the Carbon Offset and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) and modernising air cargo processes were some of the serious issues on which 73rd IATA AGM deliberated at Cancun (Mexico) in the first week of June 2017. Anil Tyagi, Editor, and Anish Gandhi, Consultant Foreign Affairs, of gfiles flew to Cancun to understand the frank and daring deliberations of International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) 73rd AGM.