improving administration in india

most failures, whether more than 30 percent of population below the poverty line or rampant corruption in public services, can be attributed to poor administration. here we need to know that administration is not governance, which involves policy actions and legislative tasks, and it is the liability of civil servants, not politicians. thus, the salaried employees of the state, with fixed jobs and perks, are answerable for misadministration and implementation lapses. the constitution talks of all-india services, the personnel for which are hired through competitive exams conducted by upsc. an ias acts as the topmost functionary in the area under her jurisdiction, an ips heads the police department and so on. isn’t it then reasonable to hold these heads of different departments accountable for any lapse in services? indian bureaucracy is, time and again, regarded as red tape and the only task they are hired for – implementation of government policies and schemes and overall administration – still awaits their

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enough is enough, stop the bloodbath

it’s clear in the supreme law of the land, the constitution; we are here to protect minorities, depressed and the vulnerable, all freedoms, rights are a common lot, privilege does not exist for any individual, group and can never find its way in the social fabric through political propaganda. why then religious minority in the country is being mobbed, lynched with such impunity? inside their homes, on trains and in streets, amidst full public view, muslims are being taunted, assaulted, tortured, murdered, and there seems no honest endeavor by the protectors, our legislators and law enforcement agencies, to place a lid on these catastrophic events. there is no uncertainty that india is better placed on many parameters, the poor is being allocated cooking gas connections and legislations are being passed for overhaul of the economy. but can all this overshadow recurrent bitter incidents of minority religion being targeted by vigilantes and ultra-nationalists? it is quite clear that the ruling political

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what about leaders of tomorrow, what after modi?

we are better placed today than yesterday; undeniably, economy is improving, business sentiments are positive, but are we scoring equally good on impartiality, inclusiveness and transparency? gst, demonetisation, unearthing the black money are all short-term spectacles for a country that needs to overcome ages-old curse of inequality in income distribution and the deep-rooted disparity in living standards. this seems all more problematic when one looks beyond 10 years and does not find a capable leader to take over the reins from the present ones. no political party in india can even falsely boast of being indisputably clean when it comes to corruption and misuse of power in polity; and that’s the challenge for pm modi. while the public sentiment is heavily tilted toward the bharatiya janata party, owing to the acceptance of pm modi as pro-transparency, pro-poor and anti-dynasty ruler, what after him? what after 2024? is the prime minister readying a new line of defense against politicians eying opportunities

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bjp’s rise isn’t historic if communal divide persists

for the first time, media houses seem to have accepted narendra modi as a mass leader. and this has not come on an unfounded belief. to decode up poll results in one sentence, it isn’t any win for bhartiya janata party, it was the unprecedented and unified shift of sentiments towards a politicians who talks reforms, implements them, without caring for how the general public or political and economic analysts will view them. it will be modi again at the national scene in 2019 and by wisely construing events in the political landscape, it will be amit shah as his successor in 2024. but let’s not constrain all that happened to just politics, the picture needs to be looked upon in a broader sense. india is not merely a political ground for warriors with dissimilar ideologies, it is more a society and an economy where inhabitants have a clear vision of how development and reforms must shape their lives from

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sp, congress, bsp propelling bjp’s growth

political landscape of india is in mess, with polarization and appeasement at all time high. although the country needs urgent and comprehensive electoral reforms, the polls in up are the present talk of the town, for state’s share in country’s legislative scene; up holds a crucial position, let us see the odds. if it weren’t for demonetisation of high currency notes that went down well with the public at large, thanks to the patriotic flavour added to the episode, it is the specific targeting of narendra modi by sp, bsp and congress that has fueled interest of the electorate toward the bjp. in marketing, this is called hammering. mistakes are many. the samajwadi party was treading a right path when akhilesh-led faction won the tug of war. it was then that the party misconstrued minds of voters and allied with congress, a party synonymous of scams and bad governance today. the fall of mayawati in 2012 owing to her disconnect

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tamil nadu governor as protagonist in political drama

many discussions in post-independence india have favoured abolition of the post of governors. this constitutional office that many a time is accused of playing as central government’s puppet has finally been accorded a rare and golden chance to revive its lost integrity, owing to a bitter power tussle that has erupted in tn politics. it would remain an unshakeable fact that the highest decision-making position in state government is held by a person who holds support of legislators that constitute majority in the house. after the sad demise of jayalalithaa and consequent brouhaha, multiple power centres emerged in tamil nadu; in the short-run, however, sasikala natarajan, a former aide and confidante of jayalalithaa evolved as the most commanding. but democracy is no politics. the tug of war cannot be a legitimate part of any democracy, for people’s will is supreme, hence politicians shouldn’t have the liberty to turn upside down the verdict of voters. in latest developments and as a

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forget infra, jobs push, india needs political reforms

let’s begin with evoking socrates who hated democracy and wanted only intellectuals to vote. the new government may be on the path of repealing obsolete laws and currency notes, unless deserving candidates occupy the seats of policy making, no action will be sustainable for long, the change that we seek will remain elusive. the topmost priority of india’s key decision makers must be to conceptualise and implement sweeping political and electoral reforms. holistic development of country, with inclusiveness and sustainability as elements, demand re-thinking of how indians elect their representatives to legislative assemblies and parliament. we are to admit, the ingredients that make us vote for a candidate aren’t the ones that ought to be, more so when income disparity and chronic poverty exist in abundance. post 1947, when india chose the path of democracy and universal suffrage, we were hailed for opting what liberals thought would be the path to free india of its concerns. being republic and democratic

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sp, congress alliance is silver lining for bjp in up

present cm of up has dented his pro-development image for sake of some community-specific votes. he was emerging as a formidable opponent to the personality cult of narendra modi; however miscalculated greed for immediate profit superseded long-term solidity of his image. it can be observed that akhilesh yadav was reluctant in forging an alliance that is just a win-win situation for congress, which was breathing its last in india’s largest state. in the end, however, and with negotiations done by the topmost echelon of congress, the new sp chief lost what he shouldn’t have at this crucial point in indian politics. when observed closely, the grand alliance of bihar may have won the polls and formed a government in the state, a politician, nitish kumar, who was seen up until the alliance was worked out as a challenge to the so-called modi-wave, lost this aura and reduced himself to politics of a state, with supports extended by tainted players. akhilesh

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dear tamilians, don’t confuse jallikattu with culture

we must all respect our cultural values, doing so carries forward the legacies of our past. but should any practice that does not fall in line with human values be allowed to continue, in guise of culture? ask for your rights, but refrain from asking a right that disturbs the balance of any learned society. ok, you say that jallikattu dates back to the bc era and that it does not account to any cruelty inflicted on bulls. the juxtaposition is, should any practice that was followed by our ancestors be sustained just for the sake of it? should then chennai’s female techies be confined to their homes as they did not enjoy this freedom in ancient india? the truth is that bulls are injured during this festivity, they are treated not more than an article of play. which human sense allows any living being to be used as a device of pleasure, to excite it to extreme levels and

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left is no longer left

working class and peasants inspired the formation of left-inclined political groups around the world, from soviet union to vietnam, from india to china. the groups – political or apolitical- promised to revolutionise the milieu and end the class divide between rich and the poor. today, however, these left groups are no longer leftists in their pure sense. what was it, the economic landscape that allowed the bourgeoisie (industrialist class) to apply their harsh diktats on the proletariat (working class), or the social fabric that thrives only when someone leads and others follow? from karl marx to lenin, all stated the class struggle in their works, rarely, however, the proletariat have won any advantages, just politics thrived. philosophy gives rise to action, and that separated capitalism from communism and socialism. india, for example, followed socialism as a path after 1947 but treaded towards capitalism in 1980s by freeing the market. did that end poverty, did that take all children to school,

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