Category Archives: Governance

Governance : ‘Development’ sans equity is a scam

Preamble of India’s Constitution has promised ‘Equality of status and of opportunity’ to all citizens. As we have seen predatory ‘development’ achieves just the opposite and is a scam. This needs to be countered and reversed. Read more Advertisements

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Governance : Keeping NGOs in check

NON-GOVERNMENTAL Organisations (NGOs) have existed in India in varied forms for many decades. Even though the term NGO found its place in common usage through a United Nations Charter at the end of World War II, the idea of voluntarism … Continue reading

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Governance : Responding to taxpayer’s woes

THE indian legal system is a live organism responding to the changing needs of time and the people and making amendments in the law when required to address the same in a timely fashion, taking into account the problems faced … Continue reading

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Invisible enemy

INDIA is at war with an invisible enemy. This adversary in none other than smuggling and counterfeiting, which are together termed as illicit trade. Illicit trade is the world’s largest growing industry and its size is estimated to range between … Continue reading

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Central Bureau of IRONY

IRONY was writ large when the government took the unprecedented midnight step of sending the CBI director and his Number 2 on leave just two days before the annual ritual of Central Vigilance Awareness Week was to kick off on … Continue reading

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Mutual Benefit Club

THIS is the story about the six-degrees-of-separation principle. In personal lives, one can link with anyone anywhere in the globe through six links—A knows B, who knows C, who knows D, and so on, until the person G, who is … Continue reading

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Academic autocracy and authoritarianism?

The proposed Higher Education Bill would abolish the somewhat autonomous UGC and bring higher education totally central control. Under this Bill, the role assigned to the States is at best perfunctory and militates against the very grain of federalism. Read … Continue reading

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Exercise in futility

On October 9, 2018, The Economic Times carried a front-page article under the headline ‘Pay Tax, Get Rewards from the Govt’. It shows that the Government is looking to put in place an incentive programme to reward and recognise taxpayers … Continue reading

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Massive Army, Miniscule Spending

The 29th report of the Estimates Committee that was chaired by veteran BJP MP, Murli Manohar Joshi, raises many alarming questions about India’s defence preparedness. The most severe indictment is that India’s defence budget as a percentage of GDP at … Continue reading

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Oil & Gas-Why settle for ‘Sell in India’, when you can ‘Make in India!’

For every barrel of oil produced in India, the government earns more than 50 per cent of revenue through royalty, cess, profit petroleum; not to mention corporate income tax and other state level taxes. On the other hand, for every … Continue reading

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