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V. Balachandran is a former Special Secretary, Cabinet Secretariat.

Large Cabinet does not mean better governance
31st May 2014

Is it necessary to have a large Council of Ministers to supervise a big bureaucracy in a democracy? The UPA government had 77 members, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Council has only 46. Undivid

Internal security needs Modi’s attention
24th May 2014
Internal security needs Modi’s attention

It is gratifying that Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi's first meeting with bureaucrats was with Home Secretary Anil Goswami on 19 May, if press reports are correct. He also met former Intelligence

Reform system, delegate power to the districts
17th May 2014
Reform system, delegate power to the districts

A recurring failure of every government in New Delhi and the states is their inability to redress public grievances after lofty promises during every election. The next Central government to be formed

It’s time to remember the late Majeedullah
11th May 2014
It’s time to remember the late Majeedullah

To me the beginning of May is the best season in Mumbai despite many reasons to complain: the city reminds us of post World War II Berlin with all its roads and sidewalks ripped open. Each utility dep

Al Qaeda hovers as Egypt persecutes Brotherhood
3rd May 2014
Al Qaeda hovers as Egypt persecutes Brotherhood

Visiting Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said in Washington DC on 29 April that their judicial system was "completely independent from government" but acknowledged "they're part of what Egypt is

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