K Jayakumar

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

Putting the spotlight on pre-schools

The draft National Education Policy has rightly suggested that early education should be an integral part of schooling system

08 Jul 2019

New India says change or perish

The electorate is itching for a faster bureaucracy. Politicians must realise that old slogans don’t mean anything to the people today

10 Jun 2019

Why all parties fail on job creation

Though politicians promise to create jobs, they ignore or don’t factor in the heterogeneity of states and bureaucracy 

10 Apr 2019

A Model Code of Governance

Constitutional rights highlighted and enforced during the electoral process are not special privileges available to the citizen only during elections.

16 Mar 2019

The ethics of manifestos and budgets

It would be unreasonable to expect budgets and manifestos to become realistic documents, bereft of high-flying promises and an aspirational colourful future.

12 Feb 2019

Bandhs and the glorification of intolerance

People are forced to observe hartals, even if they have no sympathy for the cause. This is against the very essence of democracy.

19 Jan 2019

Babus and the anger against incumbents

The anti-incumbency factor is the outcome of continuous neglect of the citizens and their right for timely services.

26 Dec 2018

Who’s afraid of institutional autonomy?

Interfering with the autonomy of institutions is like removing your armour in a battlefield simply because it is a bit tight and inconvenient.

27 Nov 2018

Human rights are violated every day

Through a few landmark judgments, the Supreme Court has in the past few weeks demonstrated the transformative power of the Constitution.

01 Nov 2018

Making river Ganga divine again

Megaprojects like Namami Gange, launched with unmistakable fanfare by politicians and techno-bureaucrats, often fail. Why?

10 Aug 2018

A Cure worse than the malady

Central govt officials will soon visit villages to evaluate the progress of the Centre’s schemes. This may damage the fabric of federal polity

12 Jul 2018

Why centre’s new UPSC idea is a bad move

Given just five years, can a new appointee from the private sector make any remarkable changes within the existing structure?

13 Jun 2018

Graft-free India not even a dream

MLAs were held in resorts by their own parties to isolate them from allurements. This is a dismal commentary on the quality of our democracy

23 May 2018

Headless Statues are a Symptom

Whenever divergence and plurality become sources of political conflict and violence, democracy becomes weak and sick

21 Mar 2018

Corrupting influence of corruption

From politics to education, graft is omnipresent. This would negatively influence our youth, which is more dangerous than its economic impact

21 Feb 2018

We have the right to know

Ten years after the RTI act, our administration has not become more responsive. Nor has governance become any more transparent

14 Nov 2017

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