From Manish Sisodia's role as Delhi's Dy CM to the unknown sources of income of political parties, from the role of NHRC to the responsibilities of the Sahitya Akademi. Here is the picklist of stories for this weekend
GN Bureau | January 27, 2017
The NHRC, however, has steadily become more busy. From 496 complaints it received in 1993-94, in 2015-16, the commission registered more than one lakh cases of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights. The moot question is whether the NHRC is effective in successfully tackling those complaints.
Read: Hands tied!
In September last year, the Sahitya Akademi invited media baron Subhash Chandra along with Hindi poet Ashok Chakradhar to its annual observation of Hindi Divas. They were asked to talk on the present status of Hindi language and the challenges ahead. While there can hardly be a debate over the credentials of Chakradhar – a Padma Shri awardee, the introduction of Chandra, a Rajya Sabha MP, as a ‘widely discussed scholar’ in the Akademi’s invitation card was met with raised eyebrows, irking several literature lovers and writers. The reason was obvious: Search engines suggest that Chandra has only one book to his credit, ‘The Z Factor: My Journey as the Wrong Man at the Right Time’, an autobiography, which puts him nowhere near the cream of India’s literary talent.
Read: Chipped nib, dried ink
"Mai hoon Manish Sisodia aapke saath, aur ye hai Zero Hour show..." With these words, the present deputy chief minister of Delhi had burst upon the airwaves on his signature All India Radio programme in July 1996. There was nothing dramatic about the voice, like the person himself, but the enunciation cut clean so that listeners would not miss a single word. In a decade dominated by television, Sisodia’s radio programmes, discussions, interviews – entertaining, but mellow – turned him into a mini-celebrity who received fan-mail. At present, Dy CM Manish Sisodia, the face of the Delhi government, is a mediator, meditator and the man CM Arvind Kejriwal trusts completely
Read: What makes Manish Sisodia the man in charge of Delhi
As much as 69 percent of the income of six national political parties and 51 regional parties has come from unknown sources. The total income of these parties between FY 2004-05 and 2014-15 was a whopping Rs 11,367.34 crore. However, their total income from ‘unknown sources’ (that is, income specified in the income-tax returns whose sources are unknown) was Rs 7,832.98 crore or 69 percent. For the Bahujan Samaj party (BSP), all of its income is from unknown sources.
Read: Why any fight against black money is pointless unless it targets political parties
The growing consumption of diesel has been a matter of concern for the Indian Railways. Not only does its emission cause environmental damage, buying diesel involves huge foreign exchange outflows. To tackle these problems, the railways has decided to promote alternative fuels to run its fleet of over 4,000 locomotives.
Read: A green train of thought
An underground rapper who grew up on Mumbai streets, Divine spins his music around his environment and poverty. His breakout single, ‘Meri Gully Mein’, along with fellow rapper Naezy caught Bollywood’s attention. The Hindi film ‘Gully Boy’ is inspired by their lives and gr
Anil Swarup, an IAS officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre who retired in 2018, is a model bureaucrat who retained his optimism right till the end of service and exemplified dedication and commitment. His excitement at the opportunities that a job in the IAS provided is evident on every page of his new book publis
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 equipped to deal with the problems of an emerging developing coun
Shouting vengeance at all and sundry while wriggling out of holes of our own making seems to be our very special national characteristic. Some recent instances are illustrative of this attribute. A number of business tycoons with thousands of crores of unresolved debts have fled abroad with the government
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 CBI live up to its founding day with great zeal, being i
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 of urban population on both counts. The ground was ripe for