Commentaries & Articles
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.
A Government in Tatters
India has a federal structure in which, unlike the United States of America, the Provinces were an artificial creation of the British for administrative convenience, which gained semi autonomous status under the Government of India Act, 1935. The Provinces became part of India or of Pakistan as per the Radcliff Commission’s recommendations and in India in 1950 after adoption of the Constitution they were renamed as States.
Impressions from a Young Professionals’ Workshop on Future Direction of Indo-Bangladesh Relationship
The conclusion of Indian Prime Minister’s two day visit to Dhaka has offered an opportunity to scholars, analysts and academicians to debate and discuss about future direction of India-Bangladesh relationship. Success and failure of the visit is measured in terms of whether this has further widened and deepened bilateral ties after Mrs. Sheikh Hasina’s visit to Delhi in January 2010. The excitement and apprehensions were discussed at a forum where young Indian and Bangladesh professionals gathered for almost 10 days.
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