The previous week has thrown up – yet again – a lingering problem of governance in India, namely the inability of governments in the states and at the Centre to work in tandem.
States and the Centre locked horns over two extremely crucial issues – security and education.
Education is in the concurrent list of Indian constitution, meaning states and the Centre have simultaneous powers over the subject. Law and order is a state subject, but matters relating to internal security are covered in Union lists of powers too. Read more
RJD, LJP and SP are relegated to irrelevance in the Congress scheme of things. The DMK has been tamed. The grand old party’s attention has now turned to Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
The only concession that the Congress gave to its allies was to NCP, in the form of a minister of state to Agatha Sangma. Though the NCP won one seat less than it did in 2004, it got one more representative in the union council of ministers. Sangma, was one of the two leaders who left along with Pawar to set up the NCP in 1999 raising the issue of Sonia Gandhi’s foreign origin. Sangma has regretted his action and said sorry to Sonia Gandhi. Read more
The BJP and the CPM are facing their biggest crises ever. Both parties were defeated badly in the recent elections. Both now seem to be imploding.
Broadly, the diagnosis done by almost all political analysts is the same – the BJP and the CPM have not been able to reconcile themselves with the changed India. Read more
An international survey on corruption released this week said only thee percent of Indians perceived its judiciary as the most corrupt institution in the country. Thirteen percent thought bureaucracy was the most corrupt and 10 percent thought our MLAs and MPs were the most corrupt. Read more