Opinion/Commentary
Corporatisation of the bureaucracy - Bindu Dalmia, Pioneer
In advanced capitalist democracies, a major public reform wave in the functioning of Governments has evolved in recent decades  which supplants  the old. And these reforms pertaining to systemic transitions from the ‘Old Public Administrations’ (OPA), which was the traditional way of running Governments characterised by slow processes and red tapism, to the ‘New Public Management’ (NPM) paradigm.
The Emergency: Heroes and villains - A Surya Prakash, Pioneer
Apart from the dreaded heat that the month of June brings with it, it also brings back painful memories of the despotic Emergency that the Congress Prime Minister Indira Gandhi imposed on the country on June 25, 1975 that turned a vibrant democracy into a dictatorship and snatched away not just the fundamental rights of citizens but also the right to life itself.
Can India, Pakistan learn from Trump-Kim summit? - Balbir Punj, Pioneer
Both showmen, US President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, have met at Singapore and according to Trump, created history in abandoning the path of mutual annihilation and agreeing on the outline of a negotiated formulation of their relationship to the great relief of other nations of the world.
Opp CMs dispute PM's Team India - Pioneer
Held in the shadow of the lingering Delhi political crisis, the fourth Governing Council meeting of NITI Aayog on Sunday saw the Opposition attacking the Centre for violating the spirit of cooperative federalism. In their speeches, the majority of Opposition Chief Ministers questioned the Centre’s approach on host of issues even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to all States as “Team India” and congratulated the CMs for resolving complex governance issues in the spirit of cooperative and competitive federalism.
Creating more jobs in India - Arun Maira, Business Line
Which industries to pick is a challenge for industrial policy designers. The inability to ‘pick winners’ with certainty in a dynamically changing world is the principal argument of liberal economists who oppose the very idea of governments developing industrial policies.
Striking the right balance - Abhishek Pratap Singh, Pioneer
The 18th summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), at Qingdao, China marked a ‘positive development’ towards greater regional cooperation among partner states on key issues of economy, security and people to people exchanges. Noting the period of major changes and reconfiguration in the world, the Qingdao declaration reiterated for a more ‘diversified and multipolar world’ based on closed ties among countries. 
A strategic game changer - Anil Gupta, Pioneer
Chabahar provides a definite strategic edge to India. The success of Indian ambition in the region to a large extent will depend on a stable Afghanistan. India will, therefore, have to keep reviewing its strategic options.
Pranab uncomfortable with politics of untouchability - Swapan Dasgupta, Pioneer
India is never lacking in seasonal entertainment that often passes off as public controversy. The frenzy — both among the editorial and political classes — over former President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to a RSS function in Nagpur last week was a very Indian storm in a chai cup.
Let's get serious about fighting corruption - Ajoy Kumar, Pioneer
The pervasiveness of money power and corruption in the political and governance process, as the attempts by the BJP to buy MLAs in the aftermath of the Karnataka Assembly election confirmed, is intense. The Government talks big on taking on graft but its actionsbetray a very different agenda. The Electoral Bonds Scheme is a prime example of its hypocrisy.
RBI rate hike upsets Narendra Modi’s election year budget maths - Indian Express
The central bank’s first interest rate rise since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power could not have come at a worse time for a government grappling with spending constraints, voter discontent in the rural heartlands and rising oil prices. The rate increase, the first in more than four years, is likely to be followed by one or two more this year, economists predict, pushing up overall borrowing costs for the government and companies alike.
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