Monthly Archives: July 2015

From the Editor

The capitals of countries can be compared to a well-appointed drawing room which indicates the level of maturity or lack thereof. Unfortunately, a visitor to Delhi would conclude that the capital city of India is largely akin to a slum. … Continue reading

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Capital crisis

The war between Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung in Delhi is posing a huge challenge for governance. Having got a huge mandate, it is clear that Kejriwal is striking at the restraints placed on his functioning … Continue reading

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The importance of being Arvind Kejriwal

The recent developments in Delhi are a textbook case study of how a Union Territory should not be administered. The ‘shock and awe’ strategy adopted by the national government acting through the administrator and the uncompromising attitude of an overzealous … Continue reading

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Delhi in disarray

Right through May and early June, the confrontation between Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung held centrestage. Editorials, prime-time TV discussions, even dinner-table disagreements revolved around who was right or wrong. TV anchors, panning across English … Continue reading

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Modi’s Gambit

Talking about corruption is a favourite Indian pastime. It is a topic that never seems to turn stale, or tire or bore anyone. Someone said the other day that it is the most used or overused word all over India in … Continue reading

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Ghost of Emergency

On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Emergency, BJP margdarshak LK Advani dropped a bombshell. In his no-holds barred interaction with the media he made some torrid points…

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Indira: the final years

Wednesday, August 20, 1980. It was the birthday of Rajiv Gandhi. He was thirty-six, and on the threshold of entering the ‘family business’. You could feel it in the air. It was so unlike other birthdays. Earlier, it used to … Continue reading

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Learning the value of trust

It was early in his career that Yogendra Narain, a 1965 UP-cadre IAS officer, learnt the value of winning the trust of his political masters and the people on the ground. Barely a year after his first posting as District … Continue reading

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Golden Jubilee Reunion  of 1965 Batch

The Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy of Administration, Mussoorie, hosted the Reunion/Retreat of members of the 1965 batch on May 25 and 26, 2015. Apart from members of the Indian Administrative Service, this year members of all civil services who had … Continue reading

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PM vs. PM

Modi: Sat Sri Akaal, Sardar Sahib. I hope you are well. Manmohan: I am as all right as you permit me to be, Modiji. Modi: I am sorry to hear a trace of anger in your reply, Manmohanji. I thought … Continue reading

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