Category Archives: Corruption & Accountability

Drop Pen and paper: Go Online!

Screenshot015#Vyapam scam has unfortunately taken horrendous proportions but this is not the only scam related to recruitment and  entrance examinations.      

My article: ‘DROP PEN AND PAPER. GO ONLINE’  highlighting the need for on-line examinations was published today, July 14,2015 in The Pioneer newspaper.

To read the full article please visit:  http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/oped/drop-pen-and-paper-go-online.html

                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                              

उपलब्धि भरे 100 दिन

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सौ दिन किसी सरकार के प्रदर्शन के आकलन के लिये प्रयाप्त नहीं है, फिर भी इससे सकेंत तो मिल ही जाता है कि सरकार किस दिशा कि ओर जा रही है।

दिल्ली में आम आदमी पार्टी की सरकार की 100 दिनों  की उपलब्धियों पर  दैनिक जागरण  में प्रकाशित मेरा आलेख: उपलब्धि भरे सौ दिन

http://epaper.jagran.com/epaperimages/25052015/delhi/24ned-pg7-0.pdf

AAP’s nabbing 100 days

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The Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government completed 100 days in office on May 24, 2015.

Political parties in India have a simple rule: Come to power, enjoy for four years, fulfil a couple of promises listed in their manifesto at the onset of the fifth year and reel out a make a new manifesto with same points for the next election. So when AAP got down to work from the very first day, it raised many eyebrows.

My article published on May 24, 2015 in Daily Post on Aam Aadmi Party’s achievements in its 100 days of rule in Delhi.

The Link: http://epaper.dailypostindia.com/Details.aspx?id=131793&boxid=59160&uid&dat=2015-05-25

Delhi High Court slammed Delhi Police on its plea challenging ACB’s powers

New Delhi, May 14, 2015: Delhi Police (DP) had filed an application in the Delhi High Court, challenging the powers of Delhi’s Anti- Corruption Branch in arresting a DP Constable on charges of corruption. The reason cited was the July 2014 notification of home ministry that stated: The state government has no jurisdiction to prosecute or arrest a Delhi Police employee.
Yesterday the HC came down heavily on DP and dismissed the plea.
The HC bench ruled that:”This plea is nothing short of indiscipline by the Delhi Police where powers of the state government are being challenged by a disciplined force”
The bench came to the conclusion that such an arrangement would lead to “anarchy” and “sharp differences between constitutional authorities and the police force will only erode the authority of the government and undermine law and order within the state.“
It is high time now that the Centre instead of engaging in power politics should think about improving accountability of Delhi Police. The control of DP should be transferred to Delhi state Govt. for micro-managing the police. As far as security of VIPs is concerned, there can be an alternative arrangement.

How unregulated and undisclosed political funding threatens India’s democracy

Just holding free and fair elections in a peaceful manner does not mean all is well with our democracy. The real issue is how we tackle the underlying problem of political finance – the mother of all sins.

My piece highlighting the importance of open and transparent funding of political parties and candidates to create a vibrant democracy published on December 22, 2014 in DNA web portal: How unregulated and undisclosed political funding threatens India’s democracy

Web link:  http://www.dnaindia.com/analysis/standpoint-how-unregulated-and-undisclosed-political-funding-threatens-india-s-democracy-2046093

AAP’s landslide win in Delhi is a victory of the common man

The stunning victory of Aam Aadmi Party is not only a resounding verdict on the steadfastness, self-belief and hard work of largely volunteer-driven Aam Aadmi Party; it is equally a reminder to the incumbent BJP (at Centre) that public goodwill cannot be sustained if promises are not kept.

My analysis of AAP’s stunning victory published on February 10, 2015 in DNA web portal: AAP’s landslide win in Delhi is a victory of the common man

To read the full article please click on the web link: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/comment-aap-s-landslide-win-in-delhi-is-a-victory-of-the-common-man-2059731

Universal healthcare for India

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 The Pioneer dated March 10, 2015  published my analysis of the basic health care delivery models that are prevalent in the world and how India can improve its healthcare system: Universal healthcare for India

To read the article please click on the web link: http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/oped/universal-healthcare-for-india.html

क्या दिल्ली एक टिकाऊ शहर है?

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अंग्रेज़ी के ‘सस्टेनेबल’ शब्द का अर्थ है टिकाऊपन, स्थायित्व या दीर्घकालिता। इसका मतलब यह कि मानव और उसके चारों ओर का परितंत्र एक दूसरे के साथ शांति, विकास और सामंजस्य से रहे। जबकि आज दिल्ली बढ़ती आबादी, विकास के नाम पर दुर्गति और नियोजन के मजाक की जीती-जागती मिसाल बन गई है।

 कल दिनांक, 9 मार्च 2015 के ‘अमर उजाला’ समाचार पत्र में प्रकाशित हुआ मेरा आलेख: क्या दिल्ली एक टिकाऊ शहर है?http://epaper.amarujala.com/svww_zoomart.php?Artname=20150308a_012101005&ileft=5&itop=1189&zoomRatio=130&AN=20150308a_012101005

Resignation of Arvind Kejriwal: Nishkaam karma

Is AAP deeply worried about the quality of the Indian intellectuals who interpret Shri Kejriwal’s

resignation from Chief Minister ship as betrayal and/or escapism instead of seeing it as an

example of NISHKAM KARMA YOGA. This resignation is in sharp contrast to the behavior of

the present day politicians.

Its precedence in the contemporary history is that of Subhas Chandra Bose’s resignation from

ICS. In the antiquity it is comparable to Chandragupta Maurya’s ascetic life in present day

Srobon Belgola of Karnak. Emperor Ashok’s life as a saint. Prince Gutam Buddha’s Maha

Nishkraman. And Emperor Kharbels sainthood in Kalinga.

What happens or has happened to the inner fabric of a nation whose dominating intellectual class

– product of current education system – are either unable or unwilling to appreciate the real

significance of Kejriwal’s resignation? Does AAP feel alarmed of the quality of the education

system that breeds such elements? If yes- what educational reforms do they intend to introduce?

NRIs’ Date with Indian Politics

Please take a look at my article that was published today (Nov. 27, 2014) in the Chandigarh and Delhi-based Newspaper “Daily Post“. The article narrates how Non Resident Indians are inclined to participate in Indian politics and how Indian political parties are also reaching out to them via their foreign chapters.

Here is the web-link: http://goo.gl/2K6Zly

Daily Post Nov 27 2014 NRI politics