Category Archives: Cover Story

Cover Story : EVMs – DEMOCRACY’S BIGGEST HOAX?

SO, what is the truth about the dark shadow of doubt that continues to linger over Indian Electronic Voting Machine (EVM)—that they can be hacked or rigged to fix elections. The controversy acquires a fresh lease of life after every … Continue reading

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No Ball

IN the shaded lanes, winding through the labyrinths of the Walled City in Old Delhi, the FIFA World Cup turned out to be a harbinger of achhe din for the shady kings, rooks, knights and pawns, who move the pieces … Continue reading

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Lateral Entry, Big Deal

ATERAL Recruitment in Senior Positions in Government’ is the headline of the advertisement by which Central Government has invited 10 ‘outstanding individuals’ who have minimum educational qualification of a ‘graduate’ with expertise in the areas of (i) Revenue (ii) Financial … Continue reading

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Treading on dangerous ground

Anews report of May 21 noted that the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) wanted a major change in the policy regarding allocation of services and cadres for 1,000-odd candidates selected every year through the All India Civil Services Examination. It suggested … Continue reading

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Trivial, knee-jerk

THERE is a consensus among the scholars and public administration professionals that the Indian Civil Services in the state and union governments need an urgent overhaul. Hundreds of committees and commissions have addressed the issues in the past, and made … Continue reading

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Cover Story : ‘File does not get moksha: Modi

IT is said in Hindu mythology that one gets moksha (Salvation) after char-dham yatra (visit to four pilgrims comprises Badrinath, Dwarka, Puri and Rameswaram), but in the government, even after 32 such journeys a file does not get moksha-Narendra Modi … Continue reading

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COVER STORY : Public loss, private gains

Acivil servant, generally, is a Master (pardon the gender bias) of Manipulation. She (bias corrected) is, generally, adept at the art of using arguments, sometimes bizarre and sometimes inept, to convince her critics. This is beautifully done in Pradip Baijal’s … Continue reading

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COVER STORY : Fly-by-Sire – Yes, Mr Minister

GORDON Gekko has emerged as one of those movie characters that some people love, but hate to love. The rest, of course, loathe him. The manipulative, blackmailing, conning, corrupt, in-your-face and unlawful takeover specialist does all the wrong things possible … Continue reading

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Army – ill-equipped to fight a war

MANY years ago during the height of pro-Khalistan insurgency in Punjab, a senior police officer interrogating a captured militant received the greatest shock of his life when the militant asked the police officer to be polite and treat him (the … Continue reading

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Rafale deal – Mess by Politicians

THE Bofors gun proved its efficacy and lethality in the Kargil skirmishes. And the Rafale will prove its undisclosed virtues in the battle for Tibet whenever that happens. But what about our virtuous politicians who invest so heavily in domestic … Continue reading

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