Category Archives: Statescan

STATE SCAN : Perils of wielding willow on the streets

Most BJP watchers started knowing Kailash Vijayvargiya a little better only after the BJP’s eye-popping performance in the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal this year. But a far bigger number of Indians now know the high-profile BJP general secretary … Continue reading

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State Scan : Faltering start

THE three-month old Kamal Nath government has the dubious distinction of making Congress President Rahul Gandhi look like a fraud. If this sounds scandalous and unbelievable, check the records of the Madhya Pradesh assembly proceedings. This government has virtually admitted … Continue reading

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State Scan : Indore shows the way

MUNICIPAL governance in India has never been considered to be something that needs any commendation at any level. It’s mainly because, barring a few municipal bodies (Surat which, in the 90s, woke up to clean up the city in the … Continue reading

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State Scan : Dawn of Chhindwara model

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister seems to have started on the right note. Unlike former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s penchant for publicity, Kamal Nath has conspicuously stayed away from the practice. But, his real test will be how he manages … Continue reading

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STATESCAN : Chandigarh ‘Metropolis’ as Punjab Capital?

BY definition a Metropolis is a large city or conurbation which is a significant economic, political, and cultural centre for a country or region, and an important industrial / commercial hub. A big city belonging to a larger urban agglomeration, … Continue reading

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Modi fails in Kashmir

WHEN Modi took over as the Prime Minister in 2014, he aroused great hopes in members of the Kashmiri Pandit community. Most people did not expect initiatives in foreign policy or an economic miracle from him. After all, he had … Continue reading

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The Maratha Paradox

THE senior bureaucracy in Maharashtra is up in arms after Additional Chief Secretary (ACS Finance) D K Jain (1983 batch) was appointed as the new Chief Secretary, superseding four other senior bureaucrats from the same batch. It has peeved them … Continue reading

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Beware! The lotus eaters are on the prowl

IT’S tempting to project the Madhya Pradesh assembly elections to be held later this year as a Kamal vs Kamal contest—the BJP’s party symbol versus the MP Congress Committee president, Kamal Nath. It is also being perceived as a three … Continue reading

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STATESCAN : Delhi govt just in name

THE scary and sordid episode of Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash being subjected to physical violence in Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s office at the ominous hour of midnight on February 19 is shocking and scandalous beyond belief. He was called … Continue reading

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STATESCAN : New empress of MP

BARELY two months into the job, Madhya Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel has firmly ensconced herself as a parallel power centre in the State vis-a-vis Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. She asks bureaucrats with complete authority to comply with her instructions … Continue reading

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