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First Stirrings

Retired, but not tired

IT was sometime in the summer of 1985. Surrinder Lal Kapur, the 1960-batch IAS officer, the then Financial Commissioner (Taxation) in his home...

First Stirrings

First Stirrings : City Architect

WHEN Brijesh Kumar of the 1968 IAS batch, Uttar Pradesh cadre, passed out of the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, India...


Back to Roots

ON January 22 this year, when Ashok Lavasa, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, visited Mahendragarh, an arid town in South Haryana where...

State Scan

All for a price

RIGHT from recruitment of employees to their promotions, transfers and revocation of suspensions to allocation of tenders for works in different residential and...

IPS Rebel
First Stirrings

First Stirrings : IPS Rebel

KS Subramanian is perhaps the first victim of Hindutva forces as represented by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP). It was on November 6,...

Tobacco: A Catch-22 situation

Tobacco: A Catch-22 situation

Annual loss of over Rs. 25,000 crore (over Rs. 19,000-crore excise duty and around Rs. 6,000-crore worth of foreign exchange) which accrue to...

Cover Story


ADDITIONAL Secretary in the Union Coal Ministry AK Dubey proudly remembers an incident involving his friend and Kerala cadre colleague KM Abraham, now...


Inspector Raj bleeds economy!

AJAY Jain and Saurabh Jain regret the day they decided to shift their textile industry from Jind (Haryana) to Greater Noida (Uttar Pradesh)....


House for all seasons

THE name ‘General Pool Residential Accommodation’ (GPRA) is a misnomer. The 110-acre-plus GPRA, located in the heart of New Delhi right on the...

Book Review

Why India votes

WITH general elections just a heartbeat away, what can be more topical than analysing various aspects of an electoral democracy? This is what...