Monthly Archives: May 2018

By the way : Questionable actions of Vinod Rai!

Recall Vinod Rai, former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) and Secretary Banking. He opened the Pandora box of the 2G scam as CAG of India. When the CAG report on granting 2G spectrum licenses was first leaked in … Continue reading

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By the way : DD in doldrums

When Prime Minister Modi started ‘Man ki Baat’ on AIR, the officials presumed that the condition of Prasar Bharati would improve. But the PMO has restricted itself to broadcast and telecast of ‘Man ki Baat’. Both Doordarshan and All India … Continue reading

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By the way : Finally Jaishankar joins Tatas

Everybody in the government is bemused about S Jaishankar, former Foreign Secretary who had also served as India’s Ambassador to China and then USA, being roped in by Tata Sons as its new President, Global Corporate Affairs. Jaishankar, a 1977 … Continue reading

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By the way : Another year for Sinha

The term of Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha, a 1977-batch IAS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, has been extended for one year more. This news was almost confirmed at the celebrations of Civil Services Day. Most of the civil servants … Continue reading

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Bric a Brac : North Block adrift

Anew grapevine has taken root in the Finance Ministry since the news of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley kidney problems appeared in the media. Arun Jaitley himself tweeted about his health, “am being treated for kidney related problems & certain infections … Continue reading

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Bric a Brac : Yechury takes the vote

THE Communist Party of India (Marxist) 22nd Congress was convened in Hyderabad recently. The Congress elected Sitaram Yechury as the party’s general secretary for a second term. There are two obvious groups in the party. One is led by Yechury … Continue reading

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Bric a Brac : BJP fetish for English

THE Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh leadership is one of the biggest votaries for the propagation of Hindi language. Now that they are de facto rulers of the country, they have moved softly but surely towards propagating Hindi. It has been observed … Continue reading

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Bric a Brac : Kanishka vs Milind?

THE Congress Party is in search of a new Treasure for its cash-starved coffers albeit the tremendous trust in 89-year-old former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Motilal Vora’s capabilities. The party is not able to find a successor to Vora. Vora … Continue reading

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State Scan : Tamil angst or separatism?

THOUGH Uttarakhand had 21,966 protests, the highest number in the year 2016, it was Tamil Nadu with 20,450 protests-at the rate of 47 protests a day-that caught the national attention. The reason was simple: the protests in Tamil Nadu were … Continue reading

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Governance : Disquieting Governance

Ihave been contemplating a short article on the disquieting nature of governance for some time. This desire got hastened after media reports sometime back that the I&B Ministry had to withdraw its guidelines on ‘fake news’ at the behest of … Continue reading

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