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The Indian Administration

The changing nature of the administrative system in India has occurred due to the paradigm shift in economic ideas and policies—from a state-centric economy to a neo-liberal market economy. If India wants to fulfil its promise of self-reliant and inclusive development as part of the centenary celebrations in the next quarter century, it is absolutely crucial to achieve a citizen-centric administration.

In Pursuit of an Ideal Bureaucracy

The concern for an ideal bureaucracy has been widely discussed in the public domain with regards to a particular response that was given by a senior administrative functionary to a young female student from Patna, Bihar.

On India’s Political Administrators

This is in response to Rekha Saxena’s editorial comment “The All India Services and Cadre Deputation” (EPW, 29 January 2022), in which she has expressed her apprehension about the implications on federal governance should the proposed amendment on deputation and transfer rules for the Indian Admi

Using Public Procurement Strategically

The article examines policy decisions and practices in public procurement in India during the pandemic, and finds that bureaucracy could not use public procurement strategically and relied upon archaic and centralised management of procurement to (mis)handle the pandemic. The article also offers some lessons from China’s procurement designs and calls for a major reform in this sector in India.

 

Not an Absent Dialogue

The Absent Dialogue: Politicians, Bureaucrats, and the Military in India edited by Anit Mukherjee, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2020; pp xvii + 313, 1,100.

The Researcher’s Guide to the Indian Bureaucracy

A researcher reflects on approaching and gathering information from the vast and diverse bureaucracy of the Indian state.

Forest Rights Act in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh

The emergence of the Forest Rights Act reasserted the vitality of the role people play in conservation and management of natural resources and carving out legal channels for recognition of their forest rights. But, in Himachal Pradesh, the FRA suffers at the hands of a bureaucracy that has buried it under the weight of colonial power structures. The conflicting narratives from Kinnaur are discussed, where instead of being recognised under the FRA, the tribals’ identity and forest dependence are being ripped away from them.

 

There Is a Glaring Gender Bias in Death Registrations in India

In the absence of a reliable Civil Registration System in India, the sample registration system, beginning in 1970, has been the only source of information that allows us to track the Sustainable Development Goals, calculate the human development index, and measure sex ratios. Since 2001, however, there has been no attempt to examine the quality of the sample registration system. In this context, the present article carries out such an exercise and finds that there was an undercounting of deaths in India by around 4.3% for males and 11.3% for females during 2001 – 10.

A Tale of Tangled Lines

A Bureaucrat Fights Back: The Complete Story of Indian Reforms by Pradip Baijal, Noida: HarperCollins, 2016; pp xvi +366, ₹ 499.

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