10 Downing Street recruits super talented wierdos: Cummings’ blog on brave new world

By Dr Mansi Kapoor* Dominic Cummings, adviser to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, recently invited applicants to apply for positions for advisors to help him with policy and governance at 10 Downing Street. He wrote a rather unconventional blog inviting people of all sorts to give it a shot. His blog is an interesting take … More 10 Downing Street recruits super talented wierdos: Cummings’ blog on brave new world

New parliament building may lead to irreparable historical, cultural and environmental loss

By Manju Menon, Kanchi Kohli* The proposal to revamp the Central Vista of Delhi involves, among other things, creating a new parliament. But last week, the Central Public Works Department moved an application for the environment clearance calling it an “expansion and renovation of existing Parliament building”. This project, of such great importance for the … More New parliament building may lead to irreparable historical, cultural and environmental loss

Opaque Electoral Bonds edge out transparent political party funding routes for 7 parties

By Venkatesh Nayak* Soon after the then Union Finance Minister announced the Government’s plan to launch Electoral Bonds (EBs) as a method of making donations to political parties, in February 2017 I had critically analysed its implications. I had also pointed out that EBs will become the preferred method for making large-sized donations to political parties due to … More Opaque Electoral Bonds edge out transparent political party funding routes for 7 parties

Reasons behind coming up with new citizenship law, plan to ‘register’ all citizens afresh

By Martin Macwan* Till now our slogan was “Save the Constitution, save the country.” However, the picture as to what is the danger facing the Constitution was not clear. On December 10-11, 2019, things became transparent when it was declared: “Prove that you are a citizen of the country.” I was born on this land, … More Reasons behind coming up with new citizenship law, plan to ‘register’ all citizens afresh

Improper speed humps: Causing casualties, revealing arbitrariness

By Om Shankar Kiradoo, Kavish Vyas ABSTRACT The improper and unscientific use of speed breakers causes distraction and leads to the road accidents and loss of lives. In addition to this driver cannot recognize the unmarked speed breakers and lose their control on vehicle which also leads to accidents, injuries and death. In this essay … More Improper speed humps: Causing casualties, revealing arbitrariness

J&K GAD working at cross purposes with DoPT, delaying Central RTI Act pleas

By Venkatesh Nayak* The Jammu and Kashmir Right to Information Act, 2009 stood repealed by virtue of the provisions of the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 (Reorganisation Act) which came into force on 31st October, 2019. Records recently obtained under the RTI Act show, the Central Government’s Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) began, in … More J&K GAD working at cross purposes with DoPT, delaying Central RTI Act pleas

A global ‘toilet revolution’ is underway – but it’s polluting water and ignoring the urban poor

By Deljana Iossifova, Purva Dewoolkar, Youcao Ren* Don’t take toilets for granted. Their connection to a managed sewage disposal system protects you from diseases and infections that can stunt your growth, harm your nutrition and even kill you. For some 670 million people, this basic service is not provided. In rapidly growing cities in low … More A global ‘toilet revolution’ is underway – but it’s polluting water and ignoring the urban poor