Kejriwal, the confidence trickster promised : " AAP will  waive house tax for Delhi residents from next fiscal if voted to power in MCD polls." On the contrary, MCD has separately appealed for payment of pending house tax for the last fiscal, latest by 31 st March.2017 so as to avoid penalty. The dichotomy has caused terrible uncertainty in Delhi. Present defaulters are in a bind whether to pay house tax by 31 st March 2017 as appealed by MCD or await waiver if AAP wins in the ensuing MCD elections. Some have decided not to pay house tax for 2017-18, till results are out.

LG Delhi controls both BJP-ruled MCD& AAP-ruled NCT, Delhi.  Clueless and a mute spectator.

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The Opposition instead of condemning Gaikward for his delinquent behaviour with Air India staffer, seems more concerned about retention of their own Air travel privileges.

Shivsainiks' brazenness raises suspicion about their brand of nationalism, sorry,sub-nationalism Politicos are shameless creatures , headless chickens, timid, chaos-creators. Country  upholds. The Apex court is urged to take suo moto cognizance of the FIR and teach a lesson to these goons citing violation of Constitutionally guaranteed Equality before Law.

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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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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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