Monthly Archives: September 2015

7th pay commission: How full are the coffers?

Over 40 years ago, a meeting of the central government employees was organised at the Boat Club in New Delhi. It was the time when the 3rd Pay Commission report was to be announced and Indira Gandhi was the Prime … Continue reading

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India’s civil and military

The struggle for the One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme, that seeks equity in the payment of pensions to ex-servicemen, has been going on for years. At the fag end of its term, UPA II made a sleight of hand … Continue reading

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Bicameral incongruities

Parliament is in a crisis which is not likely to blow over soon. The crisis is formed of several intertwined strands—ideological, personal and institutional. The ideological divide between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the rest of the political parties, … Continue reading

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The question of the Question Hour

The most important postulate about parliamentary democracy is that Parliament is between the government and the people. The government is accountable to the people and this accountability is secured by the people through their representatives in Parliament. Accountability is an … Continue reading

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Junk jargon, take action

I must confess that this piece has been triggered by a newspaper report. Smriti Zubin Irani, our intrepid Minister for Human Resource Development, is picking the brains of thousands of Indians right down to the panchayat level, in order to … Continue reading

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Take off time for Lohani

the 1980-batch IRSME officer, Ashwani Lohani, has been appointed new Chairman-cum-Managing Director of Air India Limited (AIR). He is known for his outstanding contribution to Indian tourism both at the national and state level that drew nationwide attention and appreciation … Continue reading

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Imperatives for growth

Growth is indeed a major outcome of the planning process. We have to plan for a growth of 8 per cent to 9 per cent on a long-term and sustained basis to become a middle income country by 2025, or … Continue reading

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A 1965-batch UP cadre

in the early 1960s, the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) had a halo around it, thanks to the legacy of the British Raj that had put it in the elite category. And, for students of St. Stephen’s College in Delhi, a … Continue reading

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Uninspiring account

At the time when I was finishing my reading of the book under review, for the second time in a fortnight, a top civil servant of yesteryears passed away in Bhopal. He was MN Buch and the illustrious record that … Continue reading

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Khajuraho – paean to life

The temples of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh are India’s unique gift to the world, representing, as they do, a paean to life, to love, to joy, perfect in execution and sublime in expression. Life, in every form and mood, has … Continue reading

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