Monthly Archives: September 2018

A unique initiative

I have spent almost four decades in government. But in my knowledge, never before has a campaign to introduce and spread ethics in public service been attempted by any department, or ministry, or public enterprise or even by a state … Continue reading

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Fear remains the key

THE police is the most visible face of the state. The level of how civilised a country is can be roughly gauged by how the police treats its citizens. Policing is one of the most important parts of governance. A … Continue reading

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Crime and Politics

THE July 3, 2018, Supreme Court’s directive on the appointment of the DGPs has revived the debate on Police reforms. Rejecting a petition for modifications of its September 2006 judgment in Prakash Singh & Others case, the court reiterated that … Continue reading

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AFSPA – A law that needs to go

THE Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) gives Indian Army the power to maintain public order in “disturbed areas”. A ‘disturbed area’ is one which is declared by notification by Central and State governments under Section 3 of the AFSPA … Continue reading

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Railways – Sarkar or Vyapar ?

WORKING in the Modi government is definitely a different experience. There are no undue pressures or threats, no expectations of anything other than work and no requests to favor companies or individuals. On the other hand, there is tremendous premium … Continue reading

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Sensitising the police

A progressive, modern India needs a progressive, modern police. It is tragic that we are still saddled with the colonial police structure, which the British raised in India. There were several state commissions in the wake of independence to reorganise … Continue reading

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A case of an FIR and an award

IT is ironical that on the eve of the 72nd Indian Independence Day, the Supreme Court of India should be witness to hearing of a petition by over 300 serving army personnel across ranks, appealing against the dilution of the … Continue reading

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Development Agenda for New India 2022

THE NITI Aayog was expected to introduce the draft development agenda for New India 2022 at the June 17 meeting of its Governing Council. But it didn’t as it reportedly felt that the draft development agenda should be sent to … Continue reading

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Too much noise

WITH the publication of the RBI Annual Report, giving the number and value of demonetised notes coming back to the chests of the Central Bank, the issue whether demonetisation (note bandi) has been a success or failure has come up … Continue reading

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Time to cash in

INDIA is undergoing a period of prodigious change, things are being looked at from a whole new perspective and rural India, is today, at the heart of many government policies and initiatives. In all this, the Prime Minister’s passionate appeal … Continue reading

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