From the Editor : Anil Tyagi

anil-tyagi-editor-gfiles (1)Yatha Raja, Tatha Praja (The way the King is, so is the society)”. This is an old Indian saying. But there is a contradiction in modern India. “Neither will I eat (take a bribe), nor will I let others eat.” This was a promise that Prime Minister repeated several times, during his 2014 election campaign, and as the head of the country. However, during the 65 months of his reign, corruption hasn’t died down. Petty corruption continues – one can sit in one’s house and get a visa, or any other official documents, at the cost of an illegal payment. Low-level officials in key agencies, like the Police, continue to line their pockets. More importantly, systemic corruption thrives. People at the highest levels continue to receive tainted money in an organised manner – from the various mafias (liquor, mining, and drugs), Big Business, and large domestic and global government-to-government deals.

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Corruption : From Raj to Rafale13: The Mysterious Mr Q

ottavioIn the 1980s, an entire generation, or possibly two, read avidly about Mr Q, a Sicilian-Italian who was publicly known, but there was a huge ring of mystery around his character, network, and antecedent. OttavioQuattrocchi was the regional director of a Milan-based multinational, Snamprogetti. But, during that period, he could get ministers transferred, had unrestricted access to the Prime Minister’s Office and residence, and could swing lucrative business deals in areas such as energy and fertiliser.

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COVER STORY : Shadow Boxing : The fight against corruption

TRUST-CORRUPT-16-9eAs the economy continues its downward spiral with certain sectors touching a historic low, it seems the government will be hunting for feel-good headlines in the coming days. If that is the case, sacking some more bureaucrats and government officials in the garb of fighting corruption might turn out to be a convincing exercise. Vivek Mukherjee reports on the process to scrutinise the bureaucracy for corruption and inefficiency.

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COVER STORY : Shooting the messenger

Vikatan.com-Kannan-GopinathOn August 21, Collector of Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Kannan Gopinathan, a 2012-batch AGMUT cadre officer, resigned from his post and quit the civil services. Usually, resignations of junior civil servants don’t attract much attention. In the past too, junior officers have quit without much ado. But in Gopinathan’s case, his resignation created quite a flutter in the bureaucracy and the media and even seemed to have caught the government on the wrong foot. This was so because Gopinathan resigned in protest against the blanket communication blockade that was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of the Article 370 and 35A that granted special status to the state. (See main story for Gopinathan’s statement that he issued after resigning from service).

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GOVERNANCE : Abandon proposed education policy

education-policy-SevenThe “New India” Government was sworn in on May 30, 2019. The very next day, a Committee led by Dr K Kasturirangan, former ISRO chairman, submitted the voluminous Draft National Educational Policy (DNEP) to the new Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal. The public was given just a month to express opinion on a policy that will gravely impact not only our children but the very future of India. Such is the tearing hurry of vested interests pursuing a pre-set agenda!

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GOVERNANCE : Old song with new ragaa

16-9-children-school-indiaComments have been sought on the Draft of the New Education Policy prepared by a Group headed by Dr Kasturirangan. This Group was constituted about around three years ago. However, in 2014, when the NDA had come to power, a Committee, headed by late Mr T S R Subramanian had been constituted to work on a policy. The Committee had submitted its report but the document has not seen the light of the day.The fundamental question that begs an answer is whether there is need for a new Education Policy or, considering the diversity of the country, is there need for a well-defined action plan for each State clearly outlining what…

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GOVERNANCE : NRC All about politics, not security

NRCThe much-hyped National Register of Citizens, more famously NRC, has come as a damp squib. Those who pushed for it the most are now crying hoarse. Those who were not interested in NRC are putting pressure on the BJP-ruled Assam government to ensure no bona fide citizen looses citizenship. It has left the BJP with egg on its face to the extent that the top bosses of the party in Delhi have maintained a deafening silence. And now, plenty of conspiracy theories are being floated.

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Bric-a-brac : Rafale’s global hub

Anil-AmbaniThe controversial Rafale deal may go through another labyrinth of a new deal. Sources confirm that Dassault Aviation, the manufacturer of Rafale aircraft, recently submitted a reworked proposal to transfer the entire production facility of the planes to India. From 2024, after the French company has supplied the contracted 36 fighters, it aims to manufacture 114 similar planes at the cost of Euro 100 million each.

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Bric-a-brac : PM’s media-man

MediaWhen you are in a financial crisis, even your best friends stay away from you. This is especially true if such friends are politicians. Take the case of a powerful and well-known Mumbai-based media mogul, who owns a clutch of TV channels, including news channels, and a newspaper, and has to pay more than two billion dollars to his creditors. He is quite close to the Prime Minister, and top brass of RSS; his new channels praise Narendra Modi 24×7, and spit out stories in favour of the regime.

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Bric-a-brac : Terror in Lutyen’s Delhi

lutyenA slowdown in the economy can be good for those shadowy players, who operate in invisible and clandestine ways and own enormous wealth. They can nudge, goad, and pressurise those who are in trouble to sell assets that can yield high returns in the future. Suddenly, over the past six months, the Capital seems to be full of ‘punters’, who are possibly deputed by such forces, to explore ways and means to buy huge properties in Lutyen’s and other parts of Delhi.

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