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Art Of Knowing

WHY do I invoke Adiyogi or Shiva so recurrently? It is a question I am often asked.

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July 2017

Richest Indian On Shaky Ground

There is a grave danger if there’s overregulation—it results in a strangulating bureaucracy. But there are pitfalls of underregulation—it makes those who should be more on their toes to relax and become complacent. In the first, it’s the businesses that suffer; in the latter, it’s the retail investors and poor customers who bear the burden. This is why as India tries to ease the way to do business, she should ensure that the watchdogs are on guard, and don’t abdicate their responsibilities. A classic case where the regulators seem to have gone to sleep is the rich-to-richer story of Avenue Supermarts and its promoter, Radhakishan Damani. Although, the company is performing well, and its stock is flying, there are danger signals that should interest the regulators and watchdogs. At the moment, they seem to be sleeping, and seem unaware of what’s happening. Alam Srinivas reports.

8 mins read
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July 2017

Writing for a Decade...in Vain?

For the people of the country, things refuse to improve, whether it is Manmohan Singh at the helm or Narendra Modi. While corruption and sycophancy led to the failure of Singh, autocratic decisionmaking and polarised politics raise concern today.

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April 2017

Man of Ideas

NC Saxena, who never shied away from calling a spade a spade, is arguably the only civil servant who has done over 100 research papers on governance,forestry, fiscal policy, poverty, nutrition, rural development and minorities.

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April 2017

Reforming the Income-Tax Act

The tax system of a country needs to be tailored in accordance with the state of society, economic composition of taxpayer groups, stability and efficiency.

4 mins read
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April 2017

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?

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April 2017

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.

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April 2017

Why Reservation?

As happens with most things in India, the social structures penetrate into politics and make themselves visible in terms of economic demands. Reservations and quotas are the economic manifestations of this complex process.

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March 2017

All Options Open

Though development of its stealth aircraft, AMCA, has been put back by a few years, India has kept negotiation channels open with all the concerned countries and corporates.

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March 2017

Signs of Congress Revival!

Apart from Ajay Singh, no major Congress leader stays in Bhopal. The elevation of Singh as the leader of opposition and unity shown by party leaders has energised the party cadre. But, will this unity show last?

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March 2017

Long Shadow of the Past

With the Punjab & Haryana High Court setting aside the decision to grant backward class status to Jats in the State, the reservation demand has now snowballed. But the agitation lacks a tall Jat leader who can make the difference.

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March 2017

Coming to Terms With Trump

New Delhi will surely work its way to US policymakers and secure India’s security, economic and strategic interests. But all the same, it is essential to know which door to knock for the right answer and optimum result in the next four years of Trump regime.

6 mins read
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Ferbuary 2017

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.

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Ferbuary 2017

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.

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Ferbuary 2017

TATA-Mistry Feud What Lies Behind?

The Ratan Tata-Cyrus Mistry story began on a wrong note, albeit in a subconscious manner. They both felt that since they had worked together for years, they understood each other and the bonhomie would continue forever. But, human psychology works differently—it changes rapidly when one is given powers, and the other has to give up his erstwhile powers.

10+ mins read
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January 2017

it is the economy, no politics, stupid

elections over decades have been won piggyback riding on catchy slogans. and slogans that have caught the people’s fancy have been economic ones.

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january 2017

demonetisation: the jury is still out

the three tests of success or otherwise of the move of demonetisation would be peoples’ reaction to it, the result of up elections and the widening of tax base within a reasonable period.

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january 2017

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

4 mins read
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December 2016

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.

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December 2016

Dissecting 'Demonetisation'

Withdrawal of 86 per cent of cash in circulation has thrown the economy into a tailspin.

8 mins read
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December 2016

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

5 mins read
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December 2016

Health cultures

TRADITIONAL health cultures everywhere are founded on a basic premise: that the human organism is naturally geared for health. Since the body is made from within, it is fully capable of setting right most of its internal problems.

2 mins read
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November 2016

IDS, a misconceived idea

The problem of undisclosed income cannot be tackled by soft measures like IDS. The paltry collection shows that Indian people do not wish to avail such schemes despite threat of strong action from the IT Department.

6 mins read
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November 2016

The Anatomy of Surgery

THESE days the only topic of conversation in the Indian subcontinent and the surrounding SAARC region is Surgery. The last time when surgery was the cause celebre was in ancient India when Sushruta discovered the art of plastic surgery to reconstruct the noses of unfaithful females, cut off by suspicious husbands.

4 mins read
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November 2016

It's Time for Conscious Public Service Delivery

The bureaucratic, left-brain static model of the 20th century must transform to meet the demands of transparent and sustainable governance.

3 mins read
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November 2016

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