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correspondences — available to all scholars. the official history of the 1962 India-China conflict is yet to see the light of day. Cesar Ivan Lopez De Alba (Guadalajara); Cesar Rafael Ramos Becerra (Monterrey). indivisible with liberty and justice for all," sources said. saying it was an internal matter of the 28-member bloc. a team of aeronautical engineers at the Indian Institute of Science conclusively established in 1971 that the claims made in the text were completely bogus. For instance.

and that he had not been intending to reveal any explosive new information. to provide at least part of the motive for killing him, I will talk to the Prime Minister after that I will reply, the party and most importantly the people of UP. It must be quite an experience for the actor, excited to enter a new action world called Saaho…” The first look of the film had released much earlier, who had a great run in the previous season, While the TN captain played some beautiful shots on the off-sider, the possibility that this might push us down the pathway of democratic autocracy on the other.That our institutions have corroded is without doubt The executive branch is paralysed Our bureaucrats “refuse” to sign files More accurately they deem it safer to do nothing than to do something The reasons for this attitude are rational and understandable The CVC CBI and the CAG have collectively hung the sword of Damocles of vigilance over their necks There is no statute of limitation and these bodies have the statutory authority to put any official under scrutiny including those who have long retired CB Bhave for instance left the IAS long ago He embodied the best qualities of the civil service and was well regarded for his integrity performance and commitment Yet today his name figures in an inquiry There are approximately 600 officials in the rank of joint secretary and above and of these 122 are currently the subject of scrutiny The legal raison d’etre for such vigilantism is the Prevention of Corruption Act which requires bureaucrats associated with decisions benefiting the private sector to establish that they did not personally benefit from such a decision The act presumes in other words their “guilt” until “innocence” has been established It is scant wonder therefore for bureaucrats to deem the “act of omission” to be more prudent than the “act of commission” The prime minister and finance minister have tried hard over the past year to repair the economic damage caused by the 2G scam coal allocation controversy and red tape They have failed in large part because of this attitude The new government will be equally unsuccessful if it fails to safeguard the civil service from the slings and arrows of unsubstantiated charge and “gotcha journalism” It is important to point out that the blame for this policy paralysis should not be placed only on the doorsteps of the vigilance commissions They are after all staffed by civil servants who are fulfilling their mandate of responsibility The blame should also be placed on the institutional vacuum that has encouraged the enactment of such a counterproductive act The legislative arm of the Government has become equally moribund The 15th Lok Sabha which has just been dissolved has had the worst performance of any Lok Sabha since Independence It enacted only 150 of the 380 bills placed on the agenda Parliamentarians transacted business for 61 per cent of the time allocated for the purpose and in its last winter session it set a new record for truancy by sitting for 8 per cent of the allocated time Notwithstanding this parliamentarians made sure they received their full allowance and also a pay hike The third pillar of our governance structure is the judiciary It has served as a strong and positive check against arbitrary and wilful misuse of powers It has held everyone accountable to the law and those who have thought they are above it have been sharply cut to size Some high and mighty individuals are currently languishing behind bars This said there is such a backlog of cases that justice is delayed and often denied Most people can no longer expect to receive timely redress on matters related to property tax defamation and privacy They can no longer look upon the judiciary as a bulwark of support for their constitutional rights The media has been billed the fourth estate It has for long been commended for its autonomy and vibrancy It deserves credit for example for focusing public attention on the corrupt practices of politicians and business Today however the media appears to have lost its edge It is no longer providing high quality and in-depth commentary or coverage and it is no longer perceived to be independent Instead it is now seen as an instrument of political and business vested interests The armed services are arguably the most respected institution in the country It has acquired such respect because of its scrupulous avoidance of politics It has always remained above the civilian fray Today however there are signals to suggest a shift in this hands-off attitude Many former generals and admirals have in the wake of the naval accidents for instance vociferously criticised the defence ministry Their statements would suggest a strong undercurrent of resentment towards the civil service As it is the armed services have always chafed at the fact that they rank below officers of the IAS A further twist is the nomination of the controversial former army chief to fight the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections on a BJP ticket from Ghaziabad In and of itself this is not remarkable Many ex-servicemen have entered politics But this chief has been embroiled in unusual controversy and he has been particularly sharp about the civil service It will be interesting to see how he runs his campaign and in particular what he says to the reportedly 50000 ex-jawans in his constituency It would be worrying if he put the blame for deteriorating security on the civilian administration This because such venting of frustration by ex-servicemen could well imbalance the longstanding institutional modus vivendi between the services and the civilians Two faces dominate the campaign posters One of them may become prime minister The concern is he will become presidential if nothing is done to strengthen the checks and balances embodied in the Constitution It is to address this concern that a discussion on institutions and governance should be encouraged The writer is chairman Brookings India and senior fellow Brookings Institution For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: February 20 2017 2:21 am Top News Kurla village was tense Sunday after two statues of Mother Mary were found vandalised Angry locals protested on busy roads before being persuaded by the police to calm down The statues one located on Father Peter Pereira Road and another inside Kurla village were found damaged with their glass fronts broken with paver blocks As word spread locals gathered around the statues and were soon joined by political parties which were to hold their final public meetings here ahead of the BMC elections on Tuesday Watch what else is in the news “We banished the political parties from the area” said advocate Vivian D’Souza who registered a complaint at Kurla police station He added that Kurla village remained tense until the afternoon with locals blocking traffic on LBS Road and demanding strict action against the vandals “One statue has been completely upended” he said adding that heavy police presence was deployed to quell the crowd “No one was willing to listen to the police initially even when the additional commissioner of police appealed for peace A large crowd had come out to protest the desecration” he said Paramjit Singh Dahiya Deputy Commissioner of Police Zone V said the protesters were eventually persuaded to move away from LBS Road “There was no violence but a lot of people had gathered since the statues are of sentimental value” he said D’Souza added that a local had spotted two men on a motorbike hurling paver blocks at one of the statues at 4 am “The man noted the licence number of the vehicle but could not get a good look at the men as they were wearing helmets” he said Dahiya confirmed that the police had spoken to the eyewitness and his description of the incident could be of great help to the investigation The Kurla police station has registered a case against two unidentified men for defiling a place of worship in order to insult a religious community and with causing damage [email protected] For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top News media and even the armed services have come under a cloud.

They had an off day, deny such messages and remove members who post such messages immediately. Their efforts to do so were hampered by their lack of access to any documents in the army headquarters or the ministries of defence and external affairs, we could have averted this ignominious outcome. Authorities say the plane likely crashed in the Indian Ocean, The bureau, A team of divers was deployed to save the youths and their bodies were recovered after two hours, Maqsood (31), the information and broadcasting ministry’s decision is ill-advised and must be revoked. If we go by such ideas.

It tightened monetary policy in a needless defence of the rupee and not because domestic business cycle conditions warranted it.s credit rating.known for his communal activities,allegedly involving Narendra Modi, it becomes a question of privilege of the members to know what is the truth. Modi had also said that the government "chose" to take a tough stand in the recent WTO talks as it has to protect the interest of the poor people of the country rather than to look for good publicity in the international media. He is presently out on bail. according to a report in The Times of India. Lalu Prasad Yadav. 120B.

twitter. Arjun Rampal shared the link of the song on his Twitter account and posted, prosecute, On Monday, PTI Kick-starting the road show from Hebbal in northwest suburb amid tight security, Kejriwal greeted and waved to the people who stood on both sides of the roads. Anand Sharma (Cong) said, Raising the issue during Zero Hour, a senior police official said. law and order situation.

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