An Open Letter to the Chief Election Commissioner

17th February, 2012 To Dr. S.Y. Quraishi                                                                                                                Chief Election Commissioner, Election Commission of India Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110001 Tel: 011-23717391 Fax: 011-23713412   Dear Dr. Quraishi On 31st of December last year, just as the new year was taking over from the old, parts of a blog I had posted a few days before … Continue reading

10 reasons why FDI in Retail is a bad idea.

The explosion of opinion on the issue of Foreign Direct Investment in the retail sector in India has confounded most of us with dubious data, incorrect analysis and obfuscatory lobbying. Time to set the record straight. 10 good reasons why it is a bad idea. FDI in retail is a non-critical area of intervention. Nobody in urban … Continue reading

The day after ANNA

Why the recent mobilisation of the youth and the country on corruption could end in a whimper if the correct lessons are not sought. And, how political reform and citizen engagement are the real solutions.   It has now been analyzed threadbare that what looked like a comprehensive outpouring of public sympathy for Anna Hazare’s … Continue reading

Masala Post 2.0

This last month has been a smorgasbord of events, debacles, disasters, revelations, scams and even more scam mongering. This post tries to do justice. Trained to Kill Even as Trinamool Congress tastes power inWest Bengal, and the mercurial Mamta Bannerjee slides out of her Ministerial chair at Railway Bhavan, we notice the inauspicious start to … Continue reading

Baba Vs Black Sheep – Part 2

Did the Congress see Red when it saw saffron? Or is there more to hide, than seek from Switzerland? And, is this the first day of the last days of the Congress?  New Delhi, 5th June, 2011: The gloves are off, the fangs are bared. The Congress has finally come into its own. The surreptitious, … Continue reading

Baba Vs. the Black Sheep

 Baba Ramdev’s fast against corruption is riling the Congress high command even as it attempts to be seen as proactive on the issue. But now the Dayanidhi Maran revelations only proves what we always suspected – that the Congress has spawned a regime that protects, even encourages, black sheep. The events surrounding the spate of … Continue reading

The Lokpal Pill

Irrespective that the crusade by Anna Hazare was a result of circumstances created by the BJP and the collective opposition’s hard line on corruption under the UPA regime, the point remains that the Lokpal Bill is a bitter pill for the Congress to swallow. But looking at the mood of the nation, it will have … Continue reading

The Queen, the Pawn and King

Chief Minister Sheila Dixit of Delhi is showing signs of belligerence after the PM appointed Shunglu Committee indicted her and her government in the CWG scam. Now in an unprecedented move she has proposed the appointment of the state’s Chief Secretary as the state election commissioner. Is she nervous, or just playing for a draw. … Continue reading

Citizens Make a City

The recent nod by the municipality of Delhi for the Resident Ward Committee scheme is one small step for RWA empowerment, one giant leap for civic governance!* It will opens the flood gates to public participation and consultation, enhance transparency and accountability in the MCD and empower local self government by enshrining the Resident Welfare Association … Continue reading

Dividing to Rule.

The proposal by the Delhi CM to split up the Municipal Corporation of Delhi ostensibly to bring greater efficiency to the corruption ridden body has failed to answer some key questions and raised doubts about her intentions. Why would a Chief Minister who has always complained about multiplicity of authority in Delhi, now want some … Continue reading