Indian Railways Displays Reservation Charts and Vacant Berths Online: Digital India Farce

Indian Railways has made the reservation charts for all trains public on the IRCTC website. The passengers do not need to run behind the TTE for vacant berths on trains. This is a big step aimed at ensuring greater transparency and eliminating on ground corruption. Based on the information of seat availability, passengers will be […]

Shaktikanta Das, the RBI Governor, and Indian State

Shaktikanta Das was appointed as RBI Governor within 24 hours of the resignation of Urjit Patel. For the job as important as RBI Governor, it would be expected that the Government will need some time to come up with the replacement, but that was not to be. It was almost like the Government knew all […]

MPs and MLAs should be called lawbreakers, not lawmakers

Our media refers to MPs and MLAs as lawmakers. Media would report that the lawmakers have given a statement, lawmakers have done something or lawmakers have not done something. It sounds fashionable to report about MPs and MLAs as lawmakers. All of us know that nothing can be farthest from the truth. Why do we […]

Review: Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro: India’s Day Out

A movie Presents a microcosm of India. Shows what works in India and what does not. Is hilarious, idealistic, crazy, outrageous, realistic but not preachy. Made by a first-time director assisted and acted by who’s who of Indian cinema in later years. Made on a shoe-string budget, without the dance and songs routine, goes on […]

Reservation that India needs more

The reservation is undertaken to address the historic oppression, inequality, and discrimination faced by castes/tribes/classes. The purpose of reservation is for the uplift of the oppressed and downtrodden. To a sensible society, the gradual phasing out of the reservation, post evaluation, should be considered as the success of the affirmative action. However, in the Indian […]

10% Quota: A right or a wrong

Narendra Modi government passing 10% quota for the economically weaker section (EWS) in general category has raised the hackles of a number of people. It has been termed as a political ploy targeting the 2019 general elections. A whole lot of political commentators have raised the point if this move will pass the Supreme Court […]

Indian Railways Facts & Figures: Air India In The Making

If there is a singular way of knowing how defunct and dysfunctional Indian State is, it is through Indian Railways. If there is any time any more proof required that Indian State messes up everything that it engages in, look at Indian Railways. Indian Railways is symptomatic of what ails the Indian State; rather it […]

Educational qualification for elected representatives: A binary debate

In the daily deluge of news, a small update went unnoticed. Rajasthan’s newly elected Congress government decided to abolish the minimum educational qualification required to contest elections to panchayats and urban bodies. On the face of it, the decision and the rationale look simple. Educational Qualification: An Unviable Proposition What has educational qualification got to […]

Meghalaya miners: Nobody to the rescue

13 December 2018. 15 Meghalaya miners trapped. What have been the earlier precedents in the world for the rescue operations of such accidents? The rescue precedents 5 August 2010. Chilean mining accident happens. Thirty-three men trapped. On 13 October 2010, the men were rescued, as an estimated 1 billion people world-wide watched. Nearly every Chilean […]

Resignation of Urjit Patel and Indian State

First, it was the resignation of Arvind Panagariya. An incident. Second, it was the resignation of Arvind Subramanian. A coincidence. Third, it was the resignation of Urjit Patel. A pattern. I know that just three resignations in the mighty Indian State do not make a pattern. But then, these are not the resignations of a […]