Category Archives: Politics

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 »

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 »

Panchayat form of Government: Governance through local bodies

The Panchayat form of governance was practiced at the village level for several years after independence but the 73rd amendment made in the constitution gave the constitutional status to this system, to highlight the importance and need of decentralization. Before this amendment the Panchayats had a vague institutional character. There was no procedure for their… Read More »

Iraq Crisis 2014: Understanding the nemesis

The Iraq crisis of 2014 or the northern Iraq offensive began on 5th June 2014 in the Northern regions of Iraq led by the Islamic State of Iraq, Syria and Levant (ISIS) against the Iraqi government following the earlier clashes which began in December 2013 (Levant region consists of Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Cyprus… Read More »

China and the 9 Dotted Line in South China Sea

With Asia becoming the powerhouse of the re-surging world economy, the waters of South China Sea have become a flashpoint in the world geopolitics. With the Chinese economy growing at unprecedented rates and challenging the pre existing global power equations, this sea has been the hotbed of discussions at many international and national forums. China,… Read More »