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States’ Debt Burden Surges to a 15-year High

Strengthening the pandemic-devastated state finances will help boost both welfare and growth.

Lessons for Indian Opposition in Sanders–Corbyn Projects

Despite their electoral defeats, the consolidation of support behind the political projects articulated by Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn underscores the relevance of mass politics with clear ideological moorings. Opposition in India can take cues from these projects for its reconfiguration.

Has the IAS Failed the Nation?

The decision to recruit experts from the open market in certain departments at the level of joint secretaries is not enough to radically professionalise the civil service. Internal specialisation must be promoted by insisting on stable tenure in the states so that there is incentive for the Indian Administrative Service officers to acquire expertise in their chosen sectors. Also, the IAS officers should take the entry of the outsiders as a challenge, because if they do not improve their performance, there could be repetition of such recruitment every year.

A House of Cards

The Central Civil Services (Conduct) Rules, 1964, which apply to all public servants in the country, date from colonial times and are reflective of a colonial mindset. Civil servants no longer want to be treated as unruly kids ignorant of their roles and responsibilities. These dated rules must be consigned to the dustbin of history and replaced by a new code of ethics based on self-regulation, accountability, and transparency.

John Rawls (1921-2002)

The irony of the Rawlsian legacy is that the difference principle has aroused the maximum interest in precisely those countries where social welfare policies have been the most developed - whereas in developing and more economically backward countries, like India, this aspect of Rawls's early work has been virtually ignored. The Indian political scientist's implicit refusal to engage with the most exciting part of the Rawlsian framework has left the discipline of political science itself in India the poorer for it.

Calcutta Diary

Between the two World Wars, literature buffs were wont to spend an enormous amount of energy and talent to discuss the pros and cons of art for art's sake in creative pursuits. We appear to have run into a similar situation with the controversy on the role of foreign exchange holdings in accelerating national development. A theology is threatening to take over: foreign exchange holdings are for the sake of holding foreign exchange and we better desist from exploring other facades of the phenomenon.

Globalisation of Protest

In a system of unrestrained movement of capital, with equal treatment for capitals, irrespective of their origin, there is escaping the conclusion that only a global working people's response or a global social contract can be the alternative to a race to the bottom in regard to welfare commitments.
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