Monthly Archives: July 2014

Will Modi break the policy paralysis?

Bureaucracy in India is an important arm to carry out the political mandate of an elected government. When the programmes and policies are clearly defined in the bureaucratic set-up, there is no confusion. Bureaucracy, the pivotal arm for programme implementation, … Continue reading

Posted in Cover Story | Leave a comment

A challenge for Modi

A new government with new polity, new priorities, new hope and new promises, with ‘Governance for Development’ as its guiding principle, has assumed office. Only a committed bulwark can carry out the arduous agenda. The dictionary meaning of ‘bulwark’ suggests … Continue reading

Posted in Cover Story | Leave a comment

The ‘Single Directive’ and after

Even at the cost of stating the obvious, it must be reiterated that, in a democratic set-up, the political executive must take decisions and the permanent bureaucracy tender its considered advice without fear or favour. Institutional integrity requires the two … Continue reading

Posted in Cover Story | Leave a comment

‘4C and 1R’ syndrome

Despite the mandate for change, Prime Minister NarendraModi is not going to find it easy to contain price rise, inflation, fiscal deficit and subsidies. Also, since power, education, and land acquisition are State subjects, his real challenge will be to … Continue reading

Posted in Cover Story | Leave a comment

India’s ‘Modi’fied governance

Within four days of taking office, 10 priorities, 100-day agenda, no FDI in retail but 100 per cent in defence! This is what is called ‘hitting the ground running’ and ‘firing from all cylinders’—true style of Prime Minister NarendraModi as … Continue reading

Posted in Cover Story | Leave a comment

Festering Sri Lanka: What should India do?

riding the crest of an emphatic mandate, Prime Minister NarendraModi has taken charge and has hit the ground running. The Union Cabinet has been put together. On the domestic front, Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been formed to hunt down … Continue reading

Posted in Governance | Leave a comment

Bringing tourism back on track

at this crucial juncture in the life of the nation, it is of essence that the national perspective on tourism does not remain confined merely to figures of foreign tourist arrivals—figures that conceal more than they actually reveal.  Another fallacy … Continue reading

Posted in Governance | Leave a comment

Iron or Reed?Tale of Two Lady Officers

the cliché ‘women’s empowerment’ has been the flavour of the season, mouthed ad nauseam by the ‘heir to the dynasty’ who has lost his ‘throne’. But here are two instances where ‘highly empowered women’ were dis-empowered and made to face severe … Continue reading

Posted in Governance | Leave a comment

Chanakya in Modi’s team

With Prime Minister NarendraModi assuming office after a blitzkrieg electoral offensive that saw the Congress and its allies vanquished as never before, the dishonest and inefficient bureaucrats in South and North Blocks are scurrying for cover. At the same time, … Continue reading

Posted in MASTERMIND | Leave a comment

House for all seasons

The name ‘General Pool Residential Accommodation’ (GPRA) is a misnomer. The 110-acre-plus GPRA, located in the heart of New Delhi right on the periphery of Lutyens’ Bungalow Zone (LBZ), is not just a white-painted, high-ceiling and gated complex where the … Continue reading

Posted in INITIATIVE | Leave a comment