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.
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.
What Are We Testing?
Prelim exams for IAS and other civil services need not get reduced to examining the warehousing capacities of examinees.
Art Of Knowing
WHY do I invoke Adiyogi or Shiva so recurrently? It is a question I am often asked.
Gita: Good Governance Models
To understand, analyse, interpret and adopt good governance models, we need to imbibe lessons from the Bhagavad Gita which is an ism-neutral, religion free treatise on management, relationship management and welfare economics.
Innovation is the mantra
gfiles—the largest publication in its domain reaching the entire spectrum of the central and state governments including ministers, governors and members of Parliament, central and state civil services, public sector undertakings, judiciary, diplomatic arena, banks, financial institutions and enjoying 21 lakh hits on internet—awards 11 best civil servants of the country at the fifth gfiles governance awards ceremony
Withdrawal of 86 per cent of cash in circulation has thrown the economy into a tailspin.
Not yet tired
The 1959-batch Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS, Surendra Singh rose to become the Cabinet Secretary in 1994. He continues to be active after retirement
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
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.
Recognise the Small Entrepreneur
Developing the micro sector would not only help the less privileged sector of society, but also help in achieving inclusive socio-economic development.
Trump Alters World View
The 45th US President Donald Trump has not only upset China with his various pronouncements, his ascendency has also fired nationalist sentiments in Europe. India needs to tighten its act to cash in on the opportunities that present themselves in this altered scenario.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most people do not realize to what extent their lives moulded by memory.
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
Time for Rahul to Go for a Purge
A combination of Priyanka as the organisational head and Rahul as the parliamentary face could put Congress on a trajectory of comeback.
In Defence of Rahul Gandhi
In politics, you win some, you lose some. Why not give Rahul the same rope that we extend to other pugilists in the ring?