Art Of Knowing
WHY do I invoke Adiyogi or Shiva so recurrently? It is a question I am often asked.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Withdrawal of 86 per cent of cash in circulation has thrown the economy into a tailspin.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.