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The Twenty-first Century Animal Farm

“The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.” (George Orwell: Animal Farm) कुछ तो ख़ासियत है इस प्रजातंत्र मे … Continue reading

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Child malnutrition: Using data more effectively

The National Nutrition Strategy (NNS), released by the NITI Aayog in September 2017, is an important milestone in India’s long fight against child malnutrition. And not just because it points to a welcome focus on child malnutrition at the highest levels of … Continue reading

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Rushing In Where Angels Fear To Tread

News reports stated that an eleven years old girl from Simdega district in Jharkhand died apparently because her family could not get their food grain entitlement as their ration card was not Aadhaar-linked. I say “apparently” because, in this post-truth age, one … Continue reading

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The commercialisation of nutrition – Maharashtra comes full circle

The flip-flops in India’s child nutrition policies are nowhere better exemplified than in the recent decision of the Maharashtra government to issue a tender for the supply of fortified ready-to-cook pre-mixes for feeding children, aged three to six years, in … Continue reading

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What trips street-level bureaucracy?

“There’s many a slip ‘twixt the cup and the lip.”  Nowhere is this proverb truer than in the government machinery of India that is tasked with the staggering responsibility of delivering various crucial services to the 1.3 billion inhabitants of … Continue reading

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WHEN SILENCE IS NOT AN OPTION

(The full version of the open letter of 10 June 2017 can be accessed at the wire.in) Sixty-five retired officers from different services came together in early June 2017 to pen an open letter to the public expressing their disquiet … Continue reading

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The Ten Commandments – A Survival Kit for the IAS Officer

O Thou who seest all things below Grant that Thy servants may go slow, That they may study to comply With regulations till they die. Teach us, O Lord, to reverence Committees more than common sense; To train our minds … Continue reading

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