K Jayakumar

Government should not trivialise sedition law

When it is foisted on persons disagreeing with the government, the seriousness of the provision is eroded in due course
 

09 Mar 2021

The need for Ecology first, economy next

India has created formidable legislative and institutional bulwarks to protect its environment, but none manage to get in the way of potentially damaging projects
 

13 Feb 2021

Breaking down anatomy of agitation in farmers' protest

The Government naturally fears that yielding to farmers’ demands and revoking the three contentious laws will have its ramifications on the CAA agitation.

17 Jan 2021

Stressed times call for reassurance

The manner in which vital legislations were rushed through in Parliament without detailed discussion in the Standing Committee or Select Committee had sent wrong messages.

19 Dec 2020

The demise of administrative morality

Our democracy, which has been bolstered by several institutions and benign precedents, seems to be losing the inner vibrancy exposed as it is to the ethos of arbitrariness and confrontation.

11 Nov 2020

Civil services must abide by constitution

That the the nation is facing unprecedented political, economic and social upheavals is self-evident.

18 Oct 2020

The voices of citizens deserve to be heeded 

Nobody questions the sovereign decision-making powers of the government. But firmness of conviction is not synonymous with obstinacy of power

10 Sep 2020

Politics is a luxury during the pandemic

However, as the government is back to business, there will naturally be criticism and divergent political responses over decisions.

05 Aug 2020

Beware of corruption in post-COVID times

Economic recovery and ease of doing business should not sound the death knell for the necessary checks and balances in the system

16 Jul 2020

Unmasking of the uncaring state 

The question is not what the stimulus package addresses but what it chooses to ignore. The state ought to have first reached out to the most vulnerable

19 Jun 2020

Free ration is more real than free Wi-Fi

The stimulus follows textbook dictums on liberalisation and privatisation, while striking an unusual note on self-reliance, normally anathema to apostles of globalisation

27 May 2020

A new economic script is needed after corona

The coronavirus pandemic has challenged the dominant ideology and premises of economic growth in several countries across the world

23 Apr 2020

Unprofessional policing and its consequences

A professional police force has to distinguish itself by its commitment to the rule of law,  standard procedures and democratic rights

16 Mar 2020

Compassionate state a distant ideal?

While tough laws are needed to protect society, the lack of alacrity in administering welfare programmes makes the harshness glaring

30 Jan 2020

Longing for the feel-good factor in 2020

The joy of living has been eclipsed for the past few months by an abiding sense of fear, anger, frustration and shame

02 Jan 2020

Why is the govt privatising profitable PSUs?

Short-term financial exigencies should not be the Centre’s sole reason for disinvestment in core sectors like petroleum.

06 Dec 2019

We are blind to our core problems

All our energies should be channelised towards tackling issues such as hunger and malnutrition. But currently, there is no sense of urgency  

24 Oct 2019

Lawbreaking our national pastime

In a developed society even a minor violation is frowned upon, but here we often consider it heroic, especially if the offender is not caught 
 

30 Sep 2019

Start by reforming bureaucracy

The Centre has announced a slew of economic reforms. But these policies will not be effective until India revamps its administrative apparatus

12 Sep 2019

Who made rivers and rains hostile?

Let us admit that we as a people are insensitive to the dangers of development. Don’t we continue to confuse greed with need?

16 Aug 2019

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