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Peace Should Muscle It’s Way In Valley

Peace must return to Jammu and Kashmir, which has been on the boil for several decades. The growing role of non-state actors has only worsened the condition over the years. The inability of our successive Central and state governments in blocking the flow of aid to separatists from abroad and within the country has always provided a kind of financial and moral cushion to the unscrupulous forces to carry out their anti-India activities in the Valley.

When the BJP came to power at the Centre under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the nation hoped that things would improve in the strife-torn Valley. The hope further got a boost when the BJP decided to be a part of the state government in alliance with the PDP. However, there was little improvement in the condition at the ground level. The stone-pelting on armed forces assumed a critical dimension.

Finally, the BJP decided to break the alliance with the PDP and bring the state under the President’s Rule. Now the Centre has decided to send National Security Guards (NSG) commandos or the Black Cats to the Valley and assist the state police in carrying out anti-terror operations. It is said the Centre had credible inputs to doubt the PDP’s commitment and determination to eliminate terrorism from the state. Also, a feeling was gaining ground that the PDP was overtly or covertly inciting the stone pelters.

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BJP Needs A Better Local Strategy To Handle Delhi

The nine-day-long drama which Delhi chief minister ArvindKejriwal unfolded in the ante-room of Lieutenant Governor’s office opened discussions on several political repercussions which it believed to have caused. While a quadruple of Chief Ministers, belonging to Opposition parties and in the town for a NitiAayog meeting, did not miss the opportunity for a photo frame. On the other hand, the Congress leadership was on the receiving end of brickbats hurled at them for not joining the opposition party.

All through the nine-days that ArvindKejriwal and his aides had the television crews holed up at Raj NiwasMarg, they did not bother to address the ‘official opposition’ that is the Delhi BJP. Despite having won the last round of polls in the city – the municipal elections in 2017 and having seven LokSabha MPs from the city, Delhi BJP failed to make an effective presence in the political drama. It was left to the Lieutenant Governor and the bureaucrats to fend for the centre’s cause.

Prof. Rajvir Sharma12

Transformational Versus Conventional Governance

For the last many years there is something in the air that seems to be different, something non-conventional trying to impact and impel minds of the people of India to think afresh to change their lives and attitudes to enter into a transformational mind space.Concept of new India has been brought to the centre stage implying thereby that India must prepare itself for an intellectual, social and Cultural Revolution in order to shed its image of a poor, backward, dependent, client state on the global map. Its message is that we, as people, shall have to be prepared to mould and adapt to the new philosophy of change oriented  politics and governance as envisioned by the transformational leaders and modernize, if not totally abjure the age old politics based on parochial considerations of caste, creed, region, religion and so on.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is strenuously focusing on creating a new socio-political culture that could nurture a vibrant and developed nation in a holistic sense.  While India should have all elements of modernity in matters of governance touching upon values, structures, methods and practices involved in shaping the social, political and economic systems of our country, the relevance of India’s traditional social and economic values need not be ignored for ushering in a self-initiated and humane change.

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AAP Facing Uphill Task To Remain Relevant

in 2013, as Sheila Dikshit’s 15-years-long tenure as Chief Minister of Delhi inched to closure, several of her close confidantes in the bureaucracy took voluntary transfer out of Delhi. Around the same time ManoharParrikar had come to power in Goa and was forming his team. Since Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Mizoram and Union Territories have a common pool of all India service officers to draw from, several of these officers got transferred to Goa.

One morning a newspaper headline screamed, “Sheila’s confidantes now part ofParrikar’s team.” This sums up the nature of bureaucracy in this country – apolitical. The political leadership should have the wherewithal to make the bureaucracy work, which owns its final accountability to the blue book drafted by a gentleman called Dr BhimraoAmbedkar, laws passed by the parliament and rules of business drawn thereafter and not the whims and fancies of elected body of law makerswhich are sought to be camouflaged as “desire of the people”.

The permanent executive, as the bureaucracy is defined in the lexicon of public administration, is expected to keep checks and balances on the elected representatives and vice-versa. This arrangement has friction inherent in it. In physics, which Delhi Chief Minister ArvindKejriwal must have studied at IIT, it’s said, “Friction provides required energy. Good part of friction is it help us move about without falling all the time.”

Neelam Krishnamoorthy

Remembering Uphaar: Still Waiting For Justice

The Association of Victims of the Uphaar Tragedy (AVUT) has been fighting to get justice for their loved ones who were killed on June 13th, 1997 at Uphaar Cinema, New Delhi in one of the worst manmade tragedies.

AVUT invested its faith in the Criminal Justice System and took up an arduous and agonizing fight for justice in the hope that it would get justice for those who were killed in the tragedy. But the final verdict of the Supreme Court we believe is certain to go down in the history as a travesty of justice. AVUT’s  endeavour for past 21 years has been not only to get justice for our loved ones, but also to ensure implementation of   safety laws in public spaces so that no precious human lives are  lost.

In the last two decades the nation has witnessed many fire tragedies, the most recent being Kamala Mills Fire, Mumbai. Apart from the number of casualties being different, there is one common thread that runs through each of   them is that all of them were man-made. Under our prevalent system, such offenders are booked under section 304-A of the Indian Penal Code which translates into causing death due to rash and negligent act. In this grim scenario, incidents of such catastrophic magnitude are bound to recur since there is no legal deterrence that can instill fear in the minds of possible wrongdoers