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Reform of the civil services: At home and away

The question of reform of the civil services has been debated extensively at all levels at least over the last five to six decades after independence. Indeed, it was soon perceived that the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) may not be well equip

The mysterious case of CBI’s legality

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) came into existence, based on a Resolution of the home ministry, dated April 1, 1963 – a sheer coincidence that it also happens to be April Fool’s day. Over the past few months, we have seen

The Evolution of Modi

Gujarat was passing through a turbulent phase in the 1980s. The decade began middle class agitations against new reservation policies, and the caste friction turned communal under the watch of chief minister Madhavsinh Solanki, alienating majority

Dangerous meat

It’s a Friday morning at a poultry warehouse in Gazipur, Delhi, not far from its infamous mountain of garbage. Kites and vultures roost on pylons and hover in the thermals over the swollen landfill. As dealers ready for the weekend peaking o

Misinformation, mischief, misuse

Two Assamese young men left from Guwahati in their car to explore the natural beauty of their home state. While returning, it became dark and they lost their way. They stopped in a village to ask for directions. Unbeknownst to the young men, the v

Steaming up an oldie

Ramgotty, India’s second oldest steam engine, will soon be reliving its glorious past. The 157-year-old engine is being restored at the northern railway’s Shakurbasti diesel shed in Delhi. Indian Railways, which has prided itself on it

Zero address voters

It’s 6 pm and there is no relief from the scorching heat. A serpentine line of 600-odd men extends for over half a kilometre near Yamuna Pushta night shelter. Ranging from ages 21 to 70, wearing tattered and scrubby clothes, the men wait for

Banking sector will now look at reaching poorest of poor

“The banking sector under the leadership of prime minister Narendra Modi has seen major announcements like the bold step of demonetization and PMJDY which were never seen before. We are now looking at the banking sector to reach the poorest

Back to the business of governance, with economy as top priority

The elections, acrimonious as ever, are over. The results, predictable as ever in hindsight, are out. Now the elected leaders should get down to delivering what people have asked for. The election campaign was dominated by emotional and ideologica

NDA victory & Modi 2.0: The reforms agenda to be

The resounding and unprecedented mandate in favour of Narendra Modi in the 2019 general elections signals two very clear indicators: firstly, voters across India appreciate the Modi 1.0 governance, and secondly, voters across India look up to Modi

Post-Fani, people continue to live in distress

The families of Narahari Nayak and Prafulla Nayak from Durgadaspur village in Pipili area of Puri district of Odisha are sleeping on the road in the open as their houses were blown off during cyclone Fani that hit the Odisha coast on May 3. Severa

Rs 52.18 lakh spent on Vande Bharat express inaugural

Indian Railways spent Rs 52.18 lakh to organise the inaugural function of the country’s first engineless semi-high speed train Vande Bharat express. The train was flagged off by prime minister Narendra Modi from New Delhi on February 15.

Life without land, land without life

People stare at the barren fields. They remember how green this stretch was, what a dense jungle there was, even if it is difficult for a visitor to imagine so. This land once supported its people, providing them enough opportunity to earn from

Will this end the ledger-demain?

Chartered accountants may have succeeded stupendously in business or as corporate heads. But as auditors, they haven’t given a sterling account of themselves as the gatekeepers they are meant to be. The whiff of chicanery hanging around lawy

The art of policymaking: Lessons from Gandhi

What if Mahatma Gandhi were a policymaker in today’s modern world? How would he have framed public policies? Would he have gone with the trendy ‘evidence-based’ policymaking, or something else? Before going into that, let me stat

Allegations against CJI: Inquiry will strengthen the independence of the judiciary

Yes, we must stand rock solid with the judiciary and the judges. We must protect the independence of the judiciary too. What does this mean in the present context of a very serious charge of sexual harassment levelled by a former employee of the c

Campaign trail with BJP’s Manoj Kotak

Dressed in white shirt and pants, three time Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) corporator Manoj Kotak is now contesting from Mumbai north-east constituency. Kotak, representing BJP in the BMC, is ready to rally around Ward 125 in Gh

Modi is now the topic of a PhD thesis

Sunil Bhatt, a Gujarat-based professional, has completed what is possibly the first PhD thesis on prime minister Narendra Modi. The thesis, titled ‘Leadership, Governance and Development: A case study of Shri Narendra Modi’,

Electoral bonds: All you need to know

A bench headed by chief justice of India Ranjan Gogoi in interim order on Friday asked all parties to submit receipts of the electoral bonds to the EC in sealed covers, while posting the matter for detailed hearing at an “appropriate dat

Digital threat to democracy: activists call for more vigilance

The general elections 2019 are taking place at a time when democracies around the world are facing an increased threat of distortions from a variety of digital platforms. A group of activists and former civil servants have joined hands in urging

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