Monthly Archives: January 2018

China factor for Foreign Secretary

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the appointment of Vijay Keshav Gokhale, 1981-batch Indian Foreign Service, Secretary (economic relations) in the Ministry of External Affairs, as the new Foreign Secretary in place of Dr S Jaishankar on the … Continue reading

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Ethics in governance

There is some good news for youngsters aspiring to appear for the civil services examination. Dr Dalip Singh, an IAS officer of the 1982-batch of the Haryana cadre, has started an exclusive channel on Youtube to update their skills and … Continue reading

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Talent can’t be crushed

Circumstances may change at any time. The action one takes at a time on duty may sound good but it may boomerang. It has happened with Hari Om, a 1997-batch IAS officer, was Gorakhpur DM in 2007, when Yogi – … Continue reading

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Unease after Punjab judgement

There is considerable unease for all those retired civil servants who are still serving in the central and state governments as Principal Secretary or Officer on Special Duty after the Punjab and Haryana High Court’s quashing of the appointment of … Continue reading

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Change of guard?

THE top-ranking leadership of the RSS, the de facto control centre of the BJP-led NDA Government, is in introspection mode as it analyses what it has achieved for India. There are many areas where the RSS feels helpless but circumstances … Continue reading

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A true gem

HARYANA Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s cabinet ministers are full of enthusiasm and inspiration. At times they appear to be completely devoted to the Chief Minister and at other times, they take independent decisions which baffle the top BJP leadership. … Continue reading

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Vadra plays musical chairs

RAHUL Gandhi had readily consented to speak at a summit organised by a top English newspaper group in New Delhi. He was quick to assess that if he did not attend, all the glory would be cornered by expert stage … Continue reading

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RSTV battleground

WHAT is the rationale behind having two TV channels of Parliament? This is a puzzle to be solved by parliamentarians. Both Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV are managed under the active supervision of Speaker and Vice-President of India … Continue reading

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Vajpayee is back

IF Vajpayee’s first government was a quickly aborted affair, his second one almost never came about. Celebrations in the BJP camp turned sombre as Jayalalitha, who would become a painful thorn in the government’s side, tantalisingly held back her letter … Continue reading

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No Sir

IT was peer pressure that brought Rita Sinha-than Rita Kudwa-into Indian Administrative Service (IAS). She was pursuing masters in geography from Punjab University and her professor, AB Mukherjee, was very keen on her getting into academics after it. “I found … Continue reading

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