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What is Leadership all about?
The one single tract which guides our democracy is the Constitution of India. The Preamble of the Constitution establishes two specific conditions of government in India. First and foremost is the statement that sovereignty vests in the people and the right to make and unmake the Constitution also vests in the people. Secondly, the Preamble lays down the mandate for those who are required to work for the people in accordance with the Constitution.
Getting lost in Afghanistan
It’s 10 years of the ongoing war in Afghanistan. As the US-led NATO forces prepare the ground to throw in the towel, the situation in the region remains as critical as ever. And, it’s unlikely to change until the Pakistan problem is sorted out
This paper will begin with two stories, neither of which is apocryphal. Both relate to Neemuch Sub Division of Mandsaur District (Neemuch is now a separate district), both are from 1960 and the officer who figures in them is Manish Bahl, a 1957 batch IAS officer, who was SDO Neemuch. A question was asked in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly wanting information on how many temples (mandirs) there were in Madhya Pradesh, how much money did the government spend on their upkeep and was there a proposal for increasing the maintenance grant.
Afghan Peace Move has Lost its Promise
The brutal assassination of the former Afghan President Burnahuddin Rabbani who was chairing the High Peace Council set up to bring about internal reconciliation in Afghanistan dramatises all that is wrong with the country’s present state and its future prospects.
Perspectives on Standards in Public Life & Swaraj
Of late the debate on standards in public life, of probity in public life and of the use and abuse of power in a democratic framework has been occupying the centre stage. While the debate has often developed to no-holds barred level it is nevertheless heartening to see that it is taking place and that too with full gusto and participation from the people and their representatives. Democracy is all about discussion and the freer, more vocal and varied the discussion the more resilient is the texture of democracy.
The Right of Eminent Domain: Revisiting the Proposed Land Acquisition Bill
The Constitution of India prescribes the basic framework within which government is to function and also mandates that government will promote a welfare state which will have its moorings in socialism. This is given in the Preamble to the Constitution. There is also Part IV of the Constitution which contains the Directive Principles of State Policy. Article 38 requires the State to secure a social order for the promotion of welfare of the people.
“…We are fighting for Tibetan Dignity, Tibetan Identity, Tibetan Freedom, and what we are seeking is Equality…”
Thank you very much Ajit Dovalji for your very kind and generous introduction and Mr. T.C.A. Rangachari and others for organising the Conference today. It is a great honour to be in the presence of so many esteemed guests and I would like to begin by saying that I am truly humbled by the invitation to be here.
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