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Avoid irrational exuberance in telecom

Avoid irrational exuberance in telecom

Ongoing auction of airwaves, i.e. 46 MHz in 900 MHz band and 385 MHz in 1800 MHz band is likely to close by the end of the week.  The bids received so far are fast approaching the final auction price determined in the last auction for 3G related spectrum auction in 2010.  Grand standing in [...]

AAP Populist Policies Unsustainable for Political Marathon

AAP Populist Policies Unsustainable for Political Marathon

The AAP Government has called off its Dharna at Rail Bhawan, New Delhi.  The compromise formula evolved by LG Delhi was a face saver.  The demand for suspension of police officials was trivial and unbecoming of a Chief Minister- a constitutional authority.  There was no governance as the entire Cabinet was sitting on Dharna with [...]

Rejoinder to “Without Conviction”

Rejoinder to “Without Conviction”

The Public Interest Litigation filed before the Hon’ble Supreme Court by Public Interest Foundation (PIF) along with co-petitioners Common Cause, Transparency International India and Gandhian Satyagraha Brigades in the year 2011 has harbored notable consideration among the citizenry in the recent past. This has been an upshot of the campaign against decriminalization of politics, which [...]

Populist policies Unsustainable in Political Marathon

Populist policies Unsustainable in Political Marathon

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) came to power in Delhi with populist promises.  Delhi citizens warmly embraced the assurance of granting concessions in water and electricity.  Few even fiercely argued that a new messiah has arrived with Gandhian simplicity and the VIP culture will soon be a matter of past.  Unfortunately, the first 25 days have [...]

Mired in delays: Electoral Offences & Petitions

Mired in delays: Electoral Offences & Petitions

Electoral reform is a long standing demand that the Government seems to be dragging its feet on.  There have been a number of highly valued recommendations on electoral reforms like the Law Commission’s 170th Report of 1999, recommendations from the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution of 2002, Election Commission’s recommendations on [...]

The RTI Juggernaut

The RTI Juggernaut

The unanimity of India’s political class to promulgate Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2013 to categorically exclude registered or recognised political party under the Representation of People Act (RPA), 1951, from being considered “public authority” under the Right to Information Act, 2005 has raised scepticism on the potential for depreciatory intent at guarding the clandestine [...]

Lokpal Not a Mere Slogan

Lokpal Not a Mere Slogan

Measures to ensure probity and integrity in public life have been at the centre stage of national consciousness, particularly during the tenure of UPA II.  Lokpal, though not a “cure for all ills”, was embraced by masses as a significant step to deal with corruption at the highest levels of Government and political machinery.  Anna [...]

The Rationale for Fifth Pillar

The Rationale for Fifth Pillar

In democracy we recognize four pillars – legislature, judiciary, executive and free press.  Citizens represent the sovereignty which delegates power to the four pillars to discharge defined mandate.  The concept of fifth estate is still fluid, but its fountain of strength is the public.  In west, the fifth estate is strongly associated with journalists and [...]

Miles to go for Lokpal

Miles to go for Lokpal

Rajya Sabha on December 17, 2013 and Lok Sabha on December 18, 2013 passed the amended Lokpal Bill.  Thus, the jinx has been broken after more than four decades.  The first Lokpal Bill was proposed and passed in the fourth Lok Sabha in 1969.  However, it did not get passage in Rajya Sabha.  Subsequent Lokpal [...]

The Unfinished Agenda in Telecom

The Unfinished Agenda in Telecom

The recent recommendations of TRAI on spectrum pricing and the response from the Department of Telecom had given robust hope for regulatory stability in telecom sector.  However, there are issues which needed to be addressed before embarking on the new regime of unified licensing. National Telecom Policy 2012 envisages simplified merger and acquisitions regime in [...]

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