Monthly Archives: May 2014

All for Suhag

The impending appointment of the next Army chief to fill the vacancy arising on July 31, 2014, has raised a raging controversy. As the Ministry of Defence (MoD) commenced the selection process, General VK Singh, former Army chief, and his … Continue reading

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Farewell gift to backroom boys

The moment the elections are announced and the code of conduct is in place, governments in power usually desist from taking important policy decisions. This is an age-old tradition based on ethics, morality, propriety and respect for the opponent. But, … Continue reading

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Human security is true ‘development’

SRIPERUMBUDUR Parliamen-tary constituency, adjoining Chennai in Tamil Nadu, is a ‘developed’ one if the neo-liberal ‘development’ criteria are adopted. This is the home of some state-of-the -art ‘infrastructure’ projects, special economic zones and giant MNCs—Motorola, Samsung, Dell, Ford, Hyundai, BMW, … Continue reading

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IAS officers sans conscience?

I read this news in The Hindu on the morning of April 14, 2014 under the headline ‘IAS officers drafting wish-list for pay panel’ and a strapline saying, ‘Comprehensive and united representation of demands planned.’ The news story went like … Continue reading

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Was Siachen to be handed over to the Americans?

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s former Media Adviser Sanjaya Baru’s book, The Accidental Prime Minister—The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh, has created a lot of controversies, not only about the timing of the release of the book but also certain … Continue reading

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We have introduced a gender lens in all sectors

Dr Syeda Saiyidain Hameed figures in Sanjaya Baru’s controversial book The Accidental Prime Minister. Baru, who has kicked up a political storm as an author, mentions Dr Hameed as someone who pipped Anu Aga, Chairperson of Thermax, as Member, Planning … Continue reading

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Managing interpersonal skills

“We know from daily life that we exist for other people first of all, on whose smiles and well-being our own happiness depends.” • “How can I manage my company when two of my directors on the Board have not … Continue reading

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Diplomacy extraordinary

Fiji marked a turning point in India’s policy towards overseas Indians as the developments there took place at a time when the government was in the process of rediscovering the potential of the Indian diaspora The assignment to Fiji has … Continue reading

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Right to reputation

A good reputation is an element of personal security and is protected by the Constitution equally with the right to the enjoyment of life, liberty and property We often read newspaper reports of judges allegedly commenting on the work and … Continue reading

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Comedy of campaigns

Narendra Modi’s realpolitik came to the fore in his treatment of the Lokayukta appointment. From 2003 to 2013, he did not permit the post to be filled. The elections that we saw this time around were one long laugh. Even … Continue reading

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