While addressing the people at the inauguration of the Kollam bypass in January 2019, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, mentioned that the culture of wasting public money should end. However, the reality is different. A huge amount of public money is being utilised in paying income tax of cabinet ministers that accrue on their income.
When Indian Administrative Service officers are made to become pliable putty at the hands of politicians, the chaos is palpable. The former chief secretary is only a pawn in the big battle between Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Judicial exasperation was seen in many orders, be it dealing with the Covid-19 situation or the EC’s conduct during polls. The judiciary has tried to ensure that constitutional discipline on power becomes an asset, not a liability, during the pandemic.
The firming up of the Quad alliance after a decade, despite the continued differences in strategic security priorities of its four members, is related to the rise in power of Xi Jinping in China in 2012.