A crucial sociological change is silently taking place in India.

Lonely senior citizens are hiring children/grandchildren through professional agengies for reading newspapers, having conversations,daily chores, visiting doctors etc.

The paid companions, security vetted, charge around Rs 20,000 p.m for spending 2 hours daily and meeting their school/college expenses.

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Sufism alone can help Pakistan stem the tide of Talibani fanaticism, intolerance, bigotry and militarism besides building stronger ties with India. Interrogation of two clerics of Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia dargah by the ISI,confirms growing disinterest of Pakistan military and administration on Sufism. Under influence of salafism and wahabism,Pakistan is losing an opportunity to build stronger cultural ties with India.

It has a lot to learn from India.

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March 1718

EVM controversy

Supreme Court has ordered the Election Commission to have VVPAT in all elections by 2019.

Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail – prints a paper version of electronic vote.

One trusts,this would satisfy sore loosers : Kejriwal,Mayawati etc who have joined the EVM controversy and are, any way, presiding over the destinies of dying parties.

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Let me come straight to the point. No preface.

Why did  SC not issue a non-bailable warrant against Justice Karnan for contempt in the first instance?

If the wayward Judge fails to appear on 31st March,2017, would the Apex court order his immediate arrest and personal appearance?

Should SC not recommend immediate impeachment proceedings against the contemnor for failing to uphold the dignity of the highest court first by raising caste card then slamming the Chief Justice, Madras HC, SC judges and CJI ?

Why is he being treated as a celebrity despite insult to the Apex court ?

The common Indian is feeling discriminated against.

Whither the Constitutionally guaranteed Right to Equality before the Law?

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Congress’s setbacks in assemblies’ elections should be attributed to its total disconnect with the masses and ground realities. Outsourcing election campaign to a private advertising agency was ill-advised.Hightech publicity does not impress voters. They are intelligent enough to see through the game. Neither naïve nor gullible. Dynasty-centric old guards of the Congress , instead of serving as doormats to dynastic overlords , must stop cult-worship. This perpetuated authoritarianism, bereft of intra-party democracy. Absence of effective Opposition is not healthy in a democratic polity.

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Let me come straight to the point.

No preface. Could SC not issue a non-bailable warrant against Justice Karnan for contempt in the first instance?

If the wayward Judge fails to appear on 31st March,2017, would the Apex court order his immediate arrest and personal appearance?

Should SC not recommend immediate impeachment proceedings against the contemnor for failing to uphold the dignity of the highest court first by raising caste card then slamming the Chief Justice, Madras HC, SC judges and CJI ?

Why is he being treated as a celebrity despite insult to the Apex court ?

The common Indian is feeling discriminated against. Whither the Constitutionally guaranteed Right to Equality before the Law?

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I am following in Media and the corridors of power the saga of inharmonious inter-Services relationship . S P Gaur’s post (Why IAS alone is targeted, WIC March 3 ) is thought provoking. I have the highest regard for IAS officers, the distant cousins of the ICS. Of late, however, the elite Service is becoming an oligarchy, out of sync with ground reality. Creating artificial hierarchy has led to simmering discontentment, a rebellion of sort, in other services ( IPS, IRS etc) slowing-down the services delivery mechanism. Discrimination starts at the beginning. Giving a 2 year initial edge to IAS officers over the less-fortunately circumstanced is arbitrary, irrational, discriminatory and bad in law, causing recurring damage to others. No one seems to bother due to vested interests, DOP&T, the least of all. Having served in UPSC, holding a sensitive position, I firmly believe that the system of recruitment through the Civil Services Exam (laid down by DOP&T and followed by UPSC) is faulty and leaves much to be desired. No wonder, there is increasing decline in the quality of candidates selected into civil services. After retirement, I had tendered evidence and suggestions before a high –powered committee in UPSC for changing the format of examination. The Status quo bias. PM Modi is popularly known as civil servants’ Prime Minister. This is a wake-up call. He is urged to take a close look to over-haul the system. Grievance-redressal and ensuring quality intake into civil services should be priority concerns. My motive is not to hurt anyone. If someone feels hurt due to difference of opinions, my apologies in advance.

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February 1727

" IAS dadagiri "

Bihar IAS officers' Association slamming the State govt- appointed SIT for arresting Sudhir Kumar IAS , the ex-Chairman, Bihar SSC for paper leakage amounts to bossing around. Close kins of former SSC boss besides Bihar politicians and other top officers, among others, have allegedly benefitted from the racket? Ironically, the IAS association demonstrated its tearing hurry in giving a clean chit to the accused as the “most honest, sincere and competent officers of the cadre ”. Curious demands. While demanding reference of vigilance case to CBI, the association also wants that no IAS officer be appointed to the post of Chairperson SSC, in future. The bullying tactic of Bihar IAS officers’ association is in sync with haughty attitude adopted by their counter-parts in other States, especially, Uttar Pradesh. The unionized behaviour of the Association attracts All India Services Conduct Rules . Hundreds of IAS officers and politicians who have allegedly benefitted from the unethical practices in Bihar SSC over the years , are likely to be in the net, once SIT inquiry is over. Let the investigation be completed urgently,if possible, under court-monitoring so that the task is not botched up. Furthermore, the inter-Services trust deficit between IAS and IPS et al , impacts governance and the concerns must be addressed by DOP&T headed by PM Modi.

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February 1715

"Achhe din ayengey"

Billions are spent year-after-year on elections to sustain democracy. Freedom of speech is monopolized by the unholy alliance of politicians, Media and pliable bureaucracy. Zero benefit to the poor? The rich getting richer, economic disparity increasing exponentially. Bureaucracy is gagged,as always. Silenced by awards and rewards that they never deserve. The silent majority of quiet and honest bureaucrats are getting sidelined, remaining unshielded,unprotected. The vocal minority of corrupt bureaucracy still being rewarded,post-retirement.The smarter bureaucrates join politics, their ultimate refuge. Responsive administration at grass-root level has failed. Let us be upfront.Massive corruption dominates local bodies, police, NCT Delhi, transport deptts,bijli & Jal boards, slow judiciary etc all having large public interfaces. Achieving Good governance remains a pipe dream. Position in States, far worse, sliding to political anarchy. Power seeking,criminal politicians can't be reined in. And, we still take pride in being the World's largest democracy. Willy- nilly, we vote for a government that we never deserved. Save us of the ignominy, PM Modi, before it is too late.

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Dr Manmohan Singh’s denunciation of demonetization as “organized looting and legalised plunder” during Parliamentary debate, was unparliamentary. PM Modi’s repartee in his “raincoat" barb to MMS, though modest, reflected the ground reality. Former PM merely betrayed his desperation and frustration by making unfounded accusations against present dispensation against the scams-tainted track record of UPA govt. He should have remained quiet instead of pontificating. Recall the Parliamentary debate in which MMS had the impertinence of presenting Sushma Swaraj a couplet of Allama Iqbal : “ Mana ki tere deed ke kaabil nahin hoon main ; Tu mera shauk toh dekh, mera intezar toh kar “. These were considered highly mysogynistic and derogatory and did not behove a intellectual like Manmohan Singh? Sushma Swaraj retorted back : "Na idhar udhar ki tu baat kar, yeh bata ki kafila kyon luta; hamen rahjano se gila nahin, teri rahbari ka sawal hai…" He did not prove his scholarship by using inappropriate expressions and urdu couplets. These are the hazards in a speech, ghost-written by others.

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About A.K.Saxena

A K SAXENA, an Indian national, is a retired civil servant from Government of India He is also a freelance journalist with several published investigative articles and columns in various fields to his credit. His writings are a reflection of his interest in writing on divergent themes and making the topics relevant to a wider audience. A post graduate in Chemistry from University of Delhi,he could not sustain his interest in pursuing research and instead chose to enter the government service through the IAS etc exam held by the UPSC. “KALASAVYA” that brought out several publications besides organizing cultural shows.


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