Given the state of affairs, what can a bureaucrat do?

Karl Marx had wished the state to wither away. It hasn’t. Even in the countries where Marxism was purported to have been practised, the state became more and more powerful, and its prime tool, the bureaucracy, became more and more relevant. In capitalist countries, too, bureaucracy has come to stay. Read More …

A Moral Code

Use it for Ethics/Essay Paper-Quote them Context: Should technology companies establish a new C-suite position — that of a chief ethics officer? The question is not that far-fetched. We live in unprecedented times. Technological advances: Technological advances occur at an exponentially accelerating pace that changes our world as never before. Read More …

Liquidity squeeze hurts NBFCs

What’s up with NBFCs? Shares of non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) have witnessed a steep fall in recent weeks after concerns over whether they can successfully meet their short-term dues. Housing finance companies (HFCs) in particular have seen their shares punished severely over fears of a severe liquidity crisis. Dewan Housing Read More …

CBI dispute: All you need to know

Context: In the latest development in the ongoing spat at the Central Bureau of Investigation, Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana have been “divested of all powers” and Joint Director M. Nageshwara Rao has been put in-charge with immediate effect. Who is the interim Director? Mannem Nageshwara Rao, Read More …

Why the Railways must be tougher on trespassing

What happened? On October 19, at least 60 people died and over 70 were injured after being run over by a train near Amritsar. The tragedy struck as a group of Dasara revellers gathered on the rail track to watch the burning of a Ravana effigy and were hit by a train Read More …

Love frees you from greed and discontent

An ancient Tao thought says: “Choose a job you love – and you won’t have to work a day in your life!” The first secret of success is: Don’t work just for wages, work for the love of God. You can work too, for the love of humanity, or for Read More …

Harmony in relationship

Love is an indispensable element in every harmonious relationship, but the secret in such relationships is to minimise expectations, because where expectation creeps in, disappointment will naturally follow. In a healthy relationship, there will be some form of expectations. We can learn to keep these to a minimum and raise Read More …

Results, not excuses

Your life isn’t going to get better by chance, but by the choice, your choice. Whatever your plan is, just know that nothing else will satisfy you. Today, wherever you stand in the race, desiring health, happiness, money, peace of mind and/or true expression, you earlier decisions and efforts have Read More …

Myths, beliefs & history

We all like to believe that what we believe is right. Most of us also imagine that our beliefs are founded on reason, even as that reasoning flows from inherited as well as nurtured values. But are all those values based on evidence? Or is a part of our values Read More …

Global Poverty and Wealth

Poverty and wealth are often found side by side. They are two dimensions in our world that are interrelated because they affect each other and influence both the willingness and capacity of states to ensure a stable global system. Traditional approaches to IR are premised on the notion of state Read More …