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Central Secretariat building in New Delhi

Indian state great at handling Covid-like crises. But it can’t deal with complexities

India’s ability to deliver during a crisis was never the problem. The problem is that everyone from CM to DM waits for complex diktats from the top.
The North Block of the Central Secretariat buildings| Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg

Experts are leading Covid fight globally. But not in India, the bureaucrats won’t allow it

In their fight against ‘vested interests’ of experts, Indian bureaucrats are losing fight against reality during the coronavirus crisis.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with IAS officers participating in a training programme in New Delhi | pmindia.gov.in

IAS officers say no recourse left against ‘arbitrary’ appraisal system after HC upholds it

Delhi High Court ruled last month that Modi govt’s appraisal system for senior civil servants, which officials call ‘arbitrary’ and ‘opaque’, isn’t illegal.
File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi | ANI

Lateral entry, biometric attendance won’t fix Modi’s bureaucracy issue. Reinvest in the state

Contrary to popular belief, the Indian state is remarkably thin. Compared to other G20 countries, India has the smallest number of bureaucrats per capita.
Narendra Modi inspecting the Guard of Honour at Red Fort on the occasion of 73rd Independence Day | PIB

What Indian politicians, bureaucrats and military really think about each other

Tensions between civilians and the military are not new in India. However, the proliferation and reach of social media has only amplified differences.
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How WhatsApp is tackling Indian bureaucracy’s biggest challenge – last mile accountability

In Maharashtra, Odisha and Haryana, WhatsApp is facilitating greater coordination within the local bureaucracy.
Representational image of the seat of the Indian government on Raisina Hill, New Delhi | Photo: Manisha Mondal | ThePrint

Modi govt reshuffles top secretaries, Ajay Kumar Bhalla to be next home secy

Power Secretary Bhalla will serve as OSD in the home ministry until Rajiv Gauba retires, Economic Affairs Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg will replace Bhalla.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) building, New Delhi

IAS, IFS, IRS officers hail Modi govt crackdown on ‘corrupt’ colleagues

Most IAS, IRS, IFS officers ThePrint spoke to welcomed Modi govt’s move to forcibly retire 'corrupt' officers and said it would make bureaucracy productive.
Illustration by ThePrint Team

Influx of lateral entrants: Is it reform of bureaucracy by Modi or dilution of IAS grip?

Modi government is expanding its plan of recruiting people from outside the civil services into the ranks of joint secretary, deputy secretary and director.
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BJP came to power in UP to end goonda raj but it’s Yogi’s police who are now running amok

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On Camera

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' defence industry outreach webinar via video conference, in New Delhi on 27 August

Mahabharata to irresponsible Indians — How Modi govt’s message on Covid changed in 6 months

In the last few months, the Modi government’s Covid communication has focussed only on absolving itself of all blame. Not data or roadmaps.
A Harley Davidson dealership (Representational Image ) | Photographer: David Paul Morris | Bloomberg

Harley-Davidson riding away reflects poorly on both US icon and Modi’s ‘Make in India’

Modi’s ambitious plans to ‘Make in India’ could have been helped by a symbolic gesture to hold on to Harley, a premium manufacturer with an outsize brand.

Defence

Representational image | ANI

India, China working on Ladakh peace formula — alternate week patrolling, after disengagement

Patrolling in alternate weeks has been the established practice in the Northeast, and has worked well, barring the occasional face-off.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Modi is a true reformer, he’ll bury Vodafone ghost and campaign on reforms in Bihar

No politician sees economic reform as a vote-catcher; it’s the old, povertarian economy that gets votes. Can Modi bring farm and labour reforms centre-stage?