Current Public Administration Magazine (FEBRUARY 2019)

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1. Accountability and Responsibility

Rule of Law

It really has been a bleak winter for the Delhi Police — starting with the clashes with lawyers in November, then the clashes with students in Jamia in December, which contributed a great deal to the ongoing protests in Shaheen Bagh, the allegations of inaction during campus violence in JNU in January, finally culminating in the communal violence in February that has left at least 47 dead and several hundred injured. Public trust and confidence in the police seems to be at an all-time low. It will be a long haul trying to restore it; not just in Delhi, but across the country.

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2. Indian Government and Politics

Courts Must Intervene

Nelson Mandela said that there can be no keener revelation of a society‟s soul than the way in which it treats its children. How is our society treating our children today? The treatment of children detained in Kashmir and the reaction to serious allegations of illegal detention made in a public interest litigation (PIL) are simply stupefying. The Chief Justice of the High Court was asked by the Supreme Court to report on the allegations, which she did. The contents of the report were not disclosed and it was discarded. A committee of judges of the High Court then forwarded a report given by the police, which admitted the illegal detention of many children.

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3. Significant Issues in Indian Administration

Women to Achieve Her Potential

On March 8, we honour and celebrate women on the occasion of the International Womens Day. Women in our country are making strides in social, financial and political fields. It brings me great personal joy to write a few words to commemorate this day dedicated to women. Be it the 1857 mutiny for India freedom or the struggle for Independence, our women have always made India proud. Even today, women are performing their duties with full devotion for the development of the country and upliftment of the society: They are working efficiently in various fields, such as academics, literature, music and dance, sports, media, business, information technology, science and technology, politics and social development.

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4. Current Topic

Anti-CAA protests

Analytically, we have to admit that the anti-CAA protests have, for the moment, reached a strategic dead end. Many protestors, especially in Shaheen Bagh, have displayed the Gandhian virtues of courage and steadfastness. The protests politicised new constituencies, including women and students, and provided the glimmer that the republic would not topple over. But the protests risked running up against three dominant narratives of our contemporary moment: Communalism, authoritarianism and elite cohesion. These narratives have, for now, trapped the movement into being a curiosity at best, a pretext at worst. The movement revealed more about contemporary India, than it has succeeded at resistance. The anti-CAA movement was poignant in its use of a new constitutional language to resist the evisceration of citizenship. It held on to that language despite grave provocation from the state, and a despairing lack of support from independent institutions. But the ruling dispensation was keen to portray it as a communal movement. It portrayed it as a velvet glove in which the iron fist of jihad was cloaked. If one moves out of our echo chambers, it must be admitted that this narrative succeeded to a shocking degree. The ruling dispensation will accelerate this narrative in coming days. The second was the violence in Delhi, which, even more than the violence in UP, allowed the communal shadow to hang over the movement.

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5. Financial Administration

Secular Hypocrisies

The mob frenzy in Delhi which has claimed at least 23 lives — including of policeman Ratan Lal — unlike communal disturbances in the past, is not a consequence of an immediate provocation or local feuds. It is sociologically distinct in nature. Since the 1990s, a generation of Indians has been groomed in predominantly Marxist and Nehruvian intellectual and political discourses. These theories construed a notion of Hindu majoritarianism as a threat to the political rights and identities of the minorities, especially Muslims. The old narrative of secularism, espoused by both the political and intellectual class, witnessed challenges from the new Hindutva thought leadership and the mass upsurge against the politics and policy of appeasement. Whenever cultural and social issues are fought politically, bitter binaries are created.

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