Monthly Archives: June 2017

BJP’s mega media exercise

It was indeed a mega media PR exercise, the biggest ever conducted by the BJP. The context was Prime Minister Modi’s completion of three years in office on May 26, 2017. It is needless to say, that the BJP is … Continue reading

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Vaghela taking stock?

Narendra Modi and his political aide Amit Shah, the master blasters of the politics of check­mate, are learnt to have finalised plans for their Gujarat sweep. Indications from Gujarat are that the polls in the State may be advanced and … Continue reading

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Coup sabotaged by a driver

It is well known that in the old days, the greatest source of information were barbers, drivers and cooks. But apparently, this holds true even now. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal went through such an experience lately when his minister … Continue reading

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Removing a judge

On April 20, 54 Rajya Sabha members gave a motion notice to Vice President and Chairman of the Rajya Sabha Hamid Ansari demanding impeachment proceedings against the present Justice CV Nagarjuna Reddy of the High Court for Andhra Pradesh and … Continue reading

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Shake up or shake down

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Indian Foreign Service have long been seen as silos, sometimes criticised at home as aloof and elitist. Yet peers view the IFS as among the best diplomatic services. Though MEA has a … Continue reading

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Raids strike fear

Gone are the days when IAS officers were relaxed and convinced that nobody can dare to touch them. There have been income tax, CBI, and Enforcement Directorate (ED) raids on the premises of IAS officers in Noida, Kerala, Maharashtra, Haryana … Continue reading

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In Gupta’s defence

There is widespread anguish among serving and retired civil servants on the issue of a two-year jail term for retired coal secretary HC Gupta along with two serving IAS officers-KS Kropha, 1982 batch IAS and former joint secretary in coal … Continue reading

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Perplexed civil servants

There has been discussion in the civil services over the so-called 360 degree profiling that the Modi government has opted for where feedback from colleagues plays a critical role in promotion and appointment of officers. And of late, civil servants … Continue reading

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PERSPECTIVE

For a seamless life MUCH has been written about how the world perceives a guru. The modern world is capable of both extremes-ardent devotion at one end and open hostility at the other. But how does a guru perceive the … Continue reading

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Typist to a tycoon

AN adolescent, whose family was reduced to penury due to the unfortunate partition of India, with a 10th pass certificate and typing skill, landed in a shabby port town. The rag to riches story of this gentleman perfectly matches with … Continue reading

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