Cabinet Reshuffle - the hype and craziness for frequent reshuffles should stop.

It is amazing to see the hype and craziness surrounding the cabinet reshuffle of the Union Government recently. The TV debates and editorials carried some sort of euphoria that how expansive the cabinet reshuffle should be, should it include younger leaders, who will be axed, who will be retained, etc, etc.

The cabinet should be efficient. Ministries should be judged based on performance and not by age. Efficient ministers should be given cabinet profile portfolios. If we are to be serious about the governance, ministers should be allowed to do their job and let the prime minister of India evaluate their performance.

Media should also be more serious when they attack some ministers or ministries. For one issue, one can't call a ministry to be an inefficient or mount the pressure on PM to drop the minister. A checklist and framework needs to be created over a period of time to monitor the performance which can be helped to monitor the metrics of performance of all the ministries.

May be younger ministers will do a better job, but there is no reason why older ministers can't to a better job.


Lokpal Bill Draft - Government vs. Anna Hazare's team - Who is right?

Anna Hazare may have the best intention, but the method employed by his team while having the dialogue with the government is not right. If Anna Hazare is committed to the Lokpal Bill and corruption, the best way to approach that is to engage in a dialogue. In a democratic set up two reasonable people can have two different viewpoints. But arguing that whatever they propose has to be accepted by the government is not in the best interest of our country.

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Deemed Universities: Reformed education?

Sunday, 21 February 2010 03:10

Recent news about abolishing deemed universities have created a new debate on higher education in India. The human resource development (HRD) minister Kapil Sibal has recently said that, as per a policy decision all the deemed universities will finally have to go. He further said that the concept of deemed universities from the country will go in the near future as part of the reform process as Government is putting in place the required legislations to do exactly that.

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Roads or killing fields?

By Vijay D'Souza, UK [ Published Date: January 26, 2010 ]

According to the official figures by International Road Federation, 479, 219 road accidents killed 114, 444 and injured 513, 340 people in India in the year 2007. As per the reports disclosed by the Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, in 2006 India has overtaken China to top the road accidents. India has been reported to record over 100, 000 deaths every year ever since. Worryingly for India while China has been bringing down its road accident figures by an annual average of 10.8 per cent, India's figures are getting worse. Reports suggest that, these figures translated into one road accident every minute and one road accident death every five minutes for India. As per year 2000 prices, this amounted to a loss of Rs. 55,000 core every year - almost 3% of the GDP (gross domestic product, basic measure of a country's overall economic output). Staggering statistics may be, however, surely not so shocking for an Indian citizen.

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Grow up India: Shashi Tharoor's tweets


Last week in India the buzz was "Cattle Class" and "Holy cows". Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor, the urbane and articulate former international diplomat, was targeted for his light-hearted remark replying to a question on his Twitter page.

It is unfortunate that in India every remark, every joke is always taken out of context in the name of tradition or in the name of something else, and given a political colour. The funniest part of this entire episode was the way politicians used these two words and started targeting the Minister of State. There was even demand for Mr. Shashi Tharoor to resign. If this is not the height of idiocy, then what else is?

We Indians need to grow up and should try to see things with an open mind. Otherwise a simple joke can become an unnecessary political controversy and a worthless national debate.
It is only great statesmanship from Mr. Shashi Tharoor, who showed a great deal of maturity in handling this situation and moved on.

We Indians will be better served by politicians if they focus on development work rather than getting busy debating "holy cows" in TV studios.


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