Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 75!!!

QUESTIONS: DAY – 75 [Topics:  the development industry; Parliament –functioning;  challenges of corruption(Paper-V)] What are the preconditions for the growth of Civil Society? Is Indian democracy conducive to it? (250 Words) Identify the major obstacles in the smooth functioning of Parliamentary democracy in India.(250 Words) Suggest concrete measures for the eradication of wide spread corruption in public …

Insights Daily Answer Writing Challenge Day – 65

QUESTIONS: DAY 65 (GENERAL STUDIES PAPER III, Topics: Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary – Previous questions) “In an era of hung parliaments the power of the President expands, more so when the incumbent decides to be assertive. ” Comment on the statement with reference to the situation in India during the …

Arab Spring Countries Find Peace Is Harder Than Revolution – NYT

In Libya, armed militias have filled a void left by a revolution that felled a dictator. In Syria, a popular uprising has morphed into a civil war that has left more than 100,000 dead and provided a haven for Islamic extremists. In Tunisia, increasingly bitter political divisions have delayed the drafting of a new constitution. …

The Trauma of Colonialism – The New York Times

  By MANJARI MILLER Indians commemorate an important official holiday on Thursday: Independence Day. Next month, the Chinese will commemorate an equally important but unofficial holiday, national humiliation day, followed on Oct. 1 by the country’s own official National Day of the People’s Republic of China. Independence days are important events for any country. But for India and …

In The Clamour Against Durga’s Suspension, There Is None To Care About Thulasi Maddineni’s Demotion

Double standards have always been the norm in this country. At the macro level, most of the time they are borne out of political expediency. The suspension of Durga Nagpal by the Uttar Pradesh government and the clamour for her reinstatement by the opposition parties and media is something nothing short of double standard considering …

Resources For Understanding The Various Dimensions Of Gandhian Thought

There are more books written on Mahatma Gandhi than on any other Indian alive or dead. Westerners keep writing books on Mahatma presumably trying to show the world unseen persona of the protagonist, in the process, they stir up controversies – not in their countries, but in India. Mahatma was himself a very good writer. …

Links To Government Of India Ministries, Departments, and Other Agencies

President of India Vice President of India Cabinet Secretariat Directorate of Public Grievances Performance Management Prime Minister’s Office Department of Ocean Development Department of Atomic Energy Nuclear Fuel complex Department of Development of North Eastern Region Directorate of Atomic Minerals Central Public Works Department Prime Minister’s Councils Council on Trade & Industry Economic Advisory Council …

5 Books Every Serious IAS Aspirant And Bureaucrats Must Read

Every serious IAS aspirant must know beforehand what awaits him once he enters the ‘system’. Almost ever year, a retired bureaucrat or a diplomat pens an autobiography recollecting all the bad old memories and present them to the reader in the hope that his experiences might shed some light on the working of the ‘system’ …

Is Civil Society In India Urban-Centric?

The use of phrase ‘civil society’ became quite popular during Anna Hazare led movement against corruption. Until then this phrase was non existent in public discourse. Mainstream media then started assessing the nature of civil society institutions that were involved in this popular agitation. Many branded this movement as middle-class phenomena; urban centric; driven by …

Acceptance Speech by Shri Pranab Mukherjee on his Assumption of office as President of India – Complete Text

Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Shri Hamid Ansari, Smt. Meira Kumar, Shri Justice S.H. Kapadia, Members of Parliament, Your Excellencies, Friends and fellow citizens, I am deeply moved by the high honour you have accorded to me. Such honour exalts the occupant of this office, even as it demands that he rises above personal or partisan interests in the service of the national good. The principal …

Union Cabinet Approves Introduction of the Criminal Law (Amendment ) Bill, 2012 in the Parliament With Provision Of Stringent Punishment For Rape

The Law Commission of India in its 172nd Report on `Review of Rape Laws` as well the National Commission for Women have recommended for stringent punishment for the offence of rape. Taking this into consideration, government had constituted a high powered committee headed by Union Home Secretary, which  examined the recommendations of Law Commission, NCW and …

Child Malnutrition In India – Magnitude, Its Causes, Consequences and Remedies

“Though quieter than famine, persistent undernutrition kills many more people slowly in the long run than famine do”   (Dre’ze and Sen 1998) India’s much coveted ‘demographic dividend‘ might be  in jeopardy. It is estimated that by 2030, there  will be 484.86 million youth (aged between 15 to 34) in India. Much has been said about its …

15 Best Books On India – Those One Should Read To Understand India

Here is a list of 15 books on India written by both Indians and foreigners that one should read to understand India better. It is not an exhaustive list, but a representation of diverse opinions in the form of books from various personalities on India. This list is drawn from my own experience and also from various …

Aftershocks Of ‘Policy Paralysis’

People at the helm still blame Eurozone crisis for India’s economic problems. The same people were jubilant two years ago when India somehow managed decent growth despite severe global economic crisis. The reason for their jubilation was that  they believed that Indian economy was decoupled from the crisis-hit economies of the West. Now, this reasoning seems to …