Category Archives: Opinion

Lets Talk About APTO (Asia Pacific Treaty Organization)

China’s rise in the world arena has now begun to challenge the traditional power equations. Its flourishing economy, rising incomes and a huge defense expenditure has provided it a platform to challenge the US dominance in the world. As it rises on the world arena, it is poised to ruffle many feathers, mainly in its… Read More »

Fourth Industrial Revolution: Changing global contexts

  The World wants to move towards a Fourth Industrial Revolution, and this was the major point of discussion at the 2016 Annual Summit meeting of World Economic Forum. The first Industrial revolution was about moving to machines from hand made tools,, the second one about assembly lines pioneered by Henry Ford and third one… Read More »

National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC)

The National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) was proposed by the Indian government to replace the existing Collegium System for Judicial Appointments. However, the Supreme Court has struck down the NJAC Bill and has called for reforms in the existing  system to usher in transparency in the existing process of judicial appointments. Problems with existing Collegium… Read More »

Bureaucracy: Bedrock to Democracy

Bureaucracy is a set of written rules and regulations. It involves a hierarchical setup wherein there is a separation of work at each level. It is a contractual service extended by the government to the civil servants to serve the general public on their behalf. The entire governance, administrative and executive structure of the government… Read More »

Combating Corruption: Is the Jan Lokpal (Ombudsman) Enough?

On 15th August’ 1947, India woke up independent from British rule. India inherited a lot of legacies from the British from Communal violence to railways to airways. One thing India was not able to inherit were the work ethics of British. The dilution of these work ethics in due course made India fall into the… Read More »

Good Governance: Some pre requisites

Good governance refers to governance that it accountable, democratic, accessible, transparent, responsive, ethical, modern and accountable along with being citizen centric. Public systems have earned the epithet of being voluminous, full of inertia, change averse and have strict procedures. With the modernizing world, the administrative setups had to keep pace with new societal demands. Hence,… Read More »

Communalism and its manifestations in India

Communalism etymologically has been derived from Communal meaning deriving out of some commonality and ism, which means ideology. Hence communalism is referred to as a set of ideology which has been derived out of a commonality. Communalism is generally synonymous with religion but Religious communalism is just a facet of it. There can be other… Read More »