Monthly Archives: April 2018

by the way : Virtual pay commission

THE 7th Pay Commission bonanza of Rs 30,748 crore was announced with a big bang by the Narendra Modi government. As many as 34 lakh government employees and 14 lakh pensioners were thrilled by the announcement in June 2017. But their … Continue reading

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by the way : Taking up the cudgels

ROHINI Sindhuri Dasari, an 2009-batch IAS officer of the Karnataka cadre, may have inadvertently joined a growing list of powerful women officers of Karnataka, including D Rope and Sonia Narang, who not only broke through the glass ceiling but also … Continue reading

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by the way : Passing the buck?

DEMONETISATION, the Chanda Kochchar controversy, absconding Vijay Mallya and the impact of the Nirav Modi case has slowly started percolating down the line in the banking industry. The lending scenario in the banks is the lowest in a decade. Given … Continue reading

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by the way : Sushasan in Bihar!

EVERY day one reads news about corruption in Bihar. Former Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav is in jail on corruption charges. There is a severe crisis of governance within the civil services of Bihar–18 IAS and 208 Bihar Administrative Service … Continue reading

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Bric a brac : Technocrat at the helm?

IMAGINE the day when India is governed by a technocrat. Of late, technocrats have expressed their willingness to be Prime Minister, President and Vice-President of the country. In the past, technocrats have served as Secretary Power, Vice-Chairman of Planning Commission, … Continue reading

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Bric a brac : Piyush Goyal out of the race?

CHARTERED accountant-turned-politician Railway Minister Piyush Goyal is one of the smartest ministers in the Narendra Modi cabinet. Modi also has high expectations from him irrespective of his alleged financial aberrations. He has recently been very active and played an important … Continue reading

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Bric a brac : West Bengal, ahoy

FOR all those who desire to enter Parliament, the BJP has become the new breeding centre. People from all walks of life are aspiring to be candidates in the 2019 parliamentary elections. And many are looking at West Bengal. This … Continue reading

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Bric a brac : The rise of Baluni

THE selection of Rajya Sabha candidates by the BJP has bewildered many in the ‘saffron-camp’. The BJP has even accommodated politicians who were persona non grata for the RSS. Narendra Modi and Amit Shah seem to have selected candidates as … Continue reading

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GLOBE SCAN : China’s Belt Road – Great opportunity for India

EVEN as the military stand-off between India and China at Doklam was amicably resolved on India’s terms last year, much of the media and many strategists in India have continued to express serious apprehensions about China’s growing hegemonic ambitions in … Continue reading

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GOVERNANCE : The omniscient bureaucrat

YOU love them, you hate them; you praise them, you decry them; but, you can neither be rid of them nor ignore them. Welcome to the universe of bureaucrats. It spans governments, corporates, banks and financial institutions the world over. … Continue reading

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