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Your Voice - Your Issues

Your Voice - Your Issues


The role of an active civil society in forming public opinion and effective public policy interventions is well established. Your Issues, Your Voice is an attempt to tap into the knowledge resource of you, the voting public and use your emotions, thoughts and ideas to create consensus for action. I will ask you questions on this forum through our ‘Poll’, give my views on issues of contemporary relevance through the interactive blog and ask for your inputs every step of the way. I want you to stand up and get counted, give your aspirations an expression, reach out and connect.


Your Voice - Your Issues
22 December 2013

Some Reflections - Tributes to Chaudhary Charan Singhji

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Written by Shri Jayant Chaudhary (M.P)

Some Reflections - Tributes to Chaudhary Charan Singhji

As we celebrate the 111st Birth Anniversary of Ch. Charan Singhji, I am presenting excerpts from two recent publications that bring out facets of his personality; some well known and publicized (his honesty and principled dedication), and some of his work that perhaps people are not so well acquainted with.

First, some text from a recently published book penned by Shri A.P. Mukherjee ex CBI Director. It reflects Chaudhary Sahab’s ability as an administrator. The contrast with the current state of leadership in my State of Uttar Pradesh is particularly glaring as we are witness to major failures of successive State Governments in improving the state of law and order. In particular we suffer from a political culture in the State and also admittedly in large parts of the country where constant interference in policing functions and the deliberate politicization of the bureaucracy is considered a normal privilege of the ruling class. Rarely quoted by proponents of police reforms today is Chaudhary Charan Singhji’s advocacy for the cause, and how he was instrumental in the setting up of the first National Police Commission (NPC) in India. The most important recommendations of the NPC dealt with the problem of insulating the police from illegitimate political and bureaucratic interference.

Following this is an extract from a book authored by Shri G Ramachandranji titled “Walking with Giants”. He is a retired IAS officer of the Tamilnadu cadre who rose to the position of finance secretary at the centre and served in that post during Chaudhary Charan Singhji’s tenure in the Central Government. He retired in 1985 as the Executive Director of the Asian Development Bank Manila. G Ramachandranji’s recollection of his experiences working on the Budget with Chaudhary Charan Singhji illuminates what his followers remember to be a hallmark of his life’s work; a unwavering focus on rural development and empowerment as well as his standards of personal honesty and integrity.

No language or words can capture the complexities and nuances of any individual’s life. However, I know these writings on Chaudhary Charan Singhji and even more, my memories of him and sense of his work and worldview will serve as a constant moral compass for me and the restless aspiring youth of our country.

Jayant Chaudhary

Your Voice - Your Issues
09 October 2013

Interventions to Integrate

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Written by Aniket Dixit

Interventions to Integrate

A sequence of events went wrong in Muzaffarnagar. People have been judgemental about the causes. The incident is now being enquired on legal, social and moral terms. Among various explanations, noted sociologist Prof. Dipankar Gupta (In The Times of India, dated 15th Sept.) tried to reason out the recent violence in Muzaffarnagar. In his analysis, Prof Gupta largely blamed the downfall of agrarian economy and technological penetration for Communal Riots spreading for the first time in Rural India. He may be right in explaining the reasons of rural riots. But this excellent article left one question unanswered. When urbanisation of rural india is an unstoppable trend, how will Authorities who have in past, failed to mitigate urban tensions, reach out to the villages?

The demographic changes in rural societies has significantly damaged the social ties villagers cherished for years. The insertion of urbanities has helped villagers upgrade living standards. Less and Less villagers are writing letters these days. The availability of Cheap mobile phones and even cheaper tariffs changed the way people communicated forever. More and more villages are now connected by pucca roads, electricity, health facilities. The economics is certainly transforming for better.

But as goes the old saying "economics never walks alone". Politics follows economics. In his article Prof Gupta talked about the imminent integration of Bharat with India. (Intellectual use the reference of Bharat vs India to explain characteristics of continuous transformation in Indian Economy and Society post-liberalisation.) The economic changes inside a rural set up has also brought urban politics and sensibilities at their doorsteps. However it may be wrong to believe that rural India was free from biases and prejudices. But the “lifestyle” solutions brought new set of problems which are primarily urban in nature. 

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