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The growing demand for education in ‘Civics’

Posted on:11-04-14

After last week’s blog on my MP dream-turned-nightmare, I have received a deluge of calls and messages. Obviously, my lament that the people of India are largely unable to distinguish between the functions of the Centre, State and Local governments resonates with some people. Read more »

The MP Dream Takes Off and Crashes

Posted on:04-04-14

Now that the candidates are all on the campaign trail in the hot sun, I must let in my readers into a secret. I was offered the opportunity to contest the elections on behalf of a strong and rising political party. Read more »

The Decentralisation saga continues; The Mahatma, Ambedkar and the Constitution

Posted on:28-03-14

Last week I quoted from Ambedkar to prove that he was not an unwavering opponent of decentralization. Predictably, this disclosure did not set the nation afire. However, from the feedback I received, it did make a difference to the notions that some people harboured about Ambedkar. Read more »

Decentralisation; from Ripon to Ambedkar

Posted on:21-03-14

A month back, I had broken off from relating the history of the local government system in India, to meander into a series of blogs on how money could flow easier to local governments than how it does now. Read more »

Cashewnuts, butter chicken, beer and public finance

Posted on:14-03-14

Twenty five years back I was the Deputy Secretary, Protocol and Cabinet in the government of Karnataka. It was an important job. I handled all cars and peons in the Secretariat, all guest houses of the State and allocated ministers their houses. Read more »

How money could flow in an ideal world

Posted on:07-03-14

Let your imagination fly. Presume that you are a Panchayat president or secretary, in an ideal world. On a Monday, you go to office to be greeted by the contractor, who is building the additional classroom that your gram sabha had approved, as a part of your annual action plan under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. Read more »

A user's guide to the Finance Department

Posted on:28-02-14

No sooner did my blog of last week go online, than I began to get reactions on it. Those from my friends in the bureaucracy were guarded. An officer who heads a mission office; one of the kind that I decried in my blog, was guarded in her response. Read more »

Breaking news: Are we unclogging the pipeline?

Posted on:21-02-14

I am afraid I have to interrupt the saga of decentralization to local governments because something hard to believe happened last week. Buried in the Finance Minister’s speech was a significant announcement, which if implemented will have far reaching effects on how money will be transferred from the central government all the way down to the Panchayats and Municipalities. Read more »

Decentralisation; India’s early history

Posted on:14-02-14

Today, a lot of English educated liberal people get hot under the collar at the mention of Khaps, which are community bodies that often hit the news for the wrong reasons; for ordering excommunication or worse; punishments of those who dare to break prohibitions against inter-community marriages, for instance. Read more »

Decentralisation: India’s biggest development opportunity

Posted on:08-02-14

One thing that governments are doing across India now is to adopt new-fangled means of monitoring. The latest is a system called RFD, in which ‘R’ stands for Results and ‘F’ for Framework. Read more »