Monthly Archives: April 2015

From the Editor

The arrival of 2015 observed a new churning on the political horizon of India. Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP outfit captured the throne of Delhi with a thumping majority of 67 out of 70 MLAs. But the subsequent squabble between Kejriwal, Yogendra … Continue reading

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‘Environment is not only about project clearances’

Ashok Lavasa, a 1980-batch IAS officer of the Haryana cadre, is an MPhil in defence studies, also holds an MBA and is currently Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change. He has immense administrative experience in the Ministries of … Continue reading

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El Dorado for sand mafia

The blatant flouting of the law by the sand mining mafia in Madhya Pradesh is set to get worse with the state government coming out with an even more liberal policy. The nexus between the mafia, politician and bureaucrat is … Continue reading

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Where is it heading?

With development the buzzword, environmental concerns are increasingly being given a short shrift. A recent government committee report also fails to address the problems besetting environmental governance Way back in 1894, a report by the State Fish and Game Commissioner … Continue reading

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e-retailers flouting law

While foreigners can invest in the B2B segment of the chain, they cannot enter the B2C one. Clearly, e-retailers, who have attracted FDI, cannot sell directly to the final consumers Amazon, the US online retail giant, has admitted that there … Continue reading

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A systemic rot

The death of IAS officer DK Ravi has revealed the full extent of the corruption that has set into the political and administrative system of the country by MG Devasahayam karnataka’s crusader-IAS officer DK Ravi’s murder or ‘coerced’ suicide—yet to be … Continue reading

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Retired, but not tired

Surrinder Lal Kapur lived a full and interesting life as a civil servant, and he continues to do so even years after retirement It was sometime in the summer of 1985. Surrinder Lal Kapur, the 1960-batch IAS officer, the then … Continue reading

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The farce called electronic media

There was a time when Times Now claimed to be the most watched show on television. Arnab Goswami was touted as the most ardently watched anchor. A time came when reams of newsprint were devoted to a close analysis of … Continue reading

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Indira’s comeback

The hurriedly cobbled coalition of parties was swept out in 1980 largely because all its leaders were a squabbling bunch of men, who spent nearly all their time abusing one another in public view, unmindful of what it was doing … Continue reading

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An ode to Rahul Sharma

He has played his role as a true IPS officer successfully, in periods of acute crisis, without being partisan to one and all Rahul Sharma was an Indian Police Service officer of the Gujarat cadre, belonging to the 1992 batch, who … Continue reading

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