Big Picture, GS-2, Indian Polity, Public Admin 2, Uncategorized

Developments in Arunachal Pradesh: Row over Governor’s role

Watch debate here! Summary: Arunachal Pradesh is headed for a constitutional crisis, with the governor’s office accused of favouring the Congress’s rebel MLAs and the BJP in the state. According to experts, Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa’s decision to advance the winter session of the assembly by a month and issue directions to vote on a… Continue reading Developments in Arunachal Pradesh: Row over Governor’s role

Editorials, Pub admin 1, Uncategorized

Public and Private sector

The debate about reforms pivoted on one central axis. What should be the role of the public and private sectors in development? This debate is not as simple as ideological purists think. And the mere rolling back of the licence-permit raj in areas of industrial production was only a small part of this debate. Admittedly,… Continue reading Public and Private sector

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A compilation of state-level good practices

Good Practices Resource Book 2015, focusing on social-sector delivery. By “social sector” one often means education and health. (child protection, education, environment, financial inclusion, food security and public distribution, health, infrastructure and development, local governance, social security, water and sanitation, and women’s empowerment — have a broader “social security” canvas) One, child protection — Sampark… Continue reading A compilation of state-level good practices

Editorials, GS-2, Indian Polity, Public Admin 2, Uncategorized

Extreme justice is often injustice

While television anchors have harangued us about how juvenile crime has risen by 47 per cent, they have failed to inform us that actual juvenile crime is still less than 2 per cent of reported crime figures. Second, most of it is non-violent crime and often the result of vagrancy. Most importantly, most children in… Continue reading Extreme justice is often injustice

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Issues related to Police

Following are the issues which need to be discussed in the conference (DGP Conference in Kutch): Collection and analysis of preventive intelligence: The most important and challenging task faced by the law enforcement authorities and intelligence agencies today is the collection and analysis of preventive intelligence and follow-up action, especially pertaining to terrorists and insurgents… Continue reading Issues related to Police

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Misdiagnosis of the Rajya Sabha malfunction

Mohammad Tahir representing Bihar in the Constituent Assembly during the debate on the Constitution on July 28, 1947 said that “the Upper House is a creation of imperialism” and argued that independent India did not need it. To which Gopalaswami Ayyangar, replied that “the role of the Upper House is merely to delay legislation which might… Continue reading Misdiagnosis of the Rajya Sabha malfunction

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‘Smart’ to ‘sensitive’ policing

In 2014 Modi shifted DGP conference’s permanent venue from Delhi to Guwahati for the first time since its inception in 1965, where he spoke on S-Sensitive and Strict, M-Modern and Mobile, A-Alert and Accountable, R-Responsive and Reliable, T-Techno savvy and Trained” police. This year PM said- “sensitivity has to be vital element of policing. Police… Continue reading ‘Smart’ to ‘sensitive’ policing

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Court-monitored CBI probes: Is judiciary overstepping its brief?

Observation made by Parliamentary Committee — Parliamentary committee has raised a question on increasing number of court-monitored CBI probes. It states apex courts have started performing the functions of the lowest rung of criminal justice system, taking over the role of a magistrate. At present, many high-profile cases like 2G spectrum case, Vyapam Scam, Coal… Continue reading Court-monitored CBI probes: Is judiciary overstepping its brief?

Editorials, GS-2, Public Admin 2, Uncategorized

State of the service

We currently treat our best bureaucrats badly because we don’t punish bad ones; our government has become too big for small things and too small for big things; and the state is unable to deliver on its own intentions. Blaming India’s bureaucracy for all this is silly. (notables bureaucrats include V.P. Menon for the integration of… Continue reading State of the service