Category Archives: Policy Matter

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

                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                              

Looking beyond the land boundary deal

Oped section of The Pioneer, dated June 15 carried my write-up highlighting the issue of illegal immigrants in India from Bangladesh: Looking beyond the land boundary deal

Narendra Modi has done well on the land deal with Bangladesh. But he has ignored the issue of illegal migration. The need is for infiltration-proof borders.

Link to the full article: http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/oped/looking-beyond-the-land-boundary-deal.html

Incentivise positives or punish negatives?

The Pioneer June 3 2015 Compulsory Voting

Op-ed section in The Pioneer carried my analysis on Gujarat’s decision to make voting in upcoming  local elections compulsory:  Incentivise positives or punish negatives

Link to the full article: http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/oped/incentivise-positives-or-punish-negatives.html

The Estonia example for Delhi

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The Pioneer‘ newspaper published my piece on how Estonia’s e-governance model can be emulated to make Delhi paperless.

Estonia boasts of rapid Internet connections at over 1,000 public places across the country. Most of these places provide free of cost Wi-Fi. This has resulted into use of Internet for many daily activities. In Estonia, close to 98 per cent banking transactions and 94 per cent of income tax declarations took place through the Internet in 2012. The Government’s expenditures can be tracked in real time by anyone using the Internet.

Such measures seem reminiscent of the Aam Aadmi Party’s working, which allows anyone to view the donations made to the party or know of recent decisions to upload land titles online for public viewing.

To read the full article, please click the link:  http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/oped/the-estonia-example-for-delhi.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

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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.

Delhi versus Washington DC: Why we must let Federalism win

“A true ‘Swaraj’ will only prevail in Delhi when power is vested in the elected representatives. Let us not asphyxiate the principle of federalism by procrastinating the issue of Delhi statehood.”

My blog article published on February 2, 2015 in The Indian Express highlighting the need for full statehood for Delhi: Delhi versus Washington DC: Why we must let Federalism win

To read the full article please visit: http://indianexpress.com/article/blogs/delhi-versus-washington-dc-why-we-must-let-federalism-win/

दिल्ली को ‘पूर्ण राज्य का दर्जा’ – संघीय व्य्वस्था का सम्मान

 

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पंजाब केसरी समाचारपत्र में  दिनांक फरवरी 3, 2015 को सम्पादकीय पृष्ठ पर प्रकाशित मेरा आलेख: दिल्ली को ‘पूर्ण राज्य का दर्जा’ – संघीय व्य्वस्था का सम्मान

पढ़ने के लिये वेब लिंक पर क्लिक करें: http://punjabkesari.epapr.in/431337/Punjab-kesari-/-Punjab-kesari-Main?how=touch#page/6/1

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