18 Jul

Aadhaar : A Concept Note

The conceptual framework of Aadhaar The state has to reach its citizens for various reasons. It needs to provide the citizens with services, and even products at times (in the form grant of physical items). It needs to provide the citizens with information and knowledge to lead a better life. Most democratic states today function as welfare states, and the functions and responsibilities entailing upon the states have seen a large increase over the last two centuries – functions that were considered [Read more ...]
02 Jun

Is there a conscious design to the IAS?

Amitabh Pande, a 1971-batch officer of IAS, wrote an article in India Today titled "IAS design conducive to graft" on 17 June 2011. Mr. Pande argues that there are three types of entrants in the service: firstly those who are fluent speakers of English by virtue of being exposed to it from birth by their elite parents; secondly, those that learn the language by dint of perseverance and hard work, and whose parents are middle level officers mainly from the service sectors; thirdly, the others who [Read more ...]
15 May

Beacon of hope, repression, efficiency….

Red beacons
The reason for the recent notoriety of the beacons is the decision of the Union Cabinet on 19 April 2017 to remove all beacons. Working fast, the draft Rules were issued the very next day. It was another measure to remove symbols of the so-called VIP culture in India. In the recent past certain State Governments have also issued similar notifications. Most notably Punjab, which is infamous for the overuse and misuse of the beacon policy. It can be argued that this decision of uprooting the whole [Read more ...]
15 May

Beacon of hope, repression, efficiency….

Red beacons
Beacons have always been an envious bone of contention. The beacon may be many things to many people - a status symbol, a token of having 'arrived', a relic of colonialism. What people don't like about it, they project those feelings onto the beacon. It is a beacon of desire - every one would want to sit in a car with beacon, and just live the experience for once, if possible. It is a beacon of aspiration - most mothers would aspire for their children to have the beacon one day. Of hatred - one hates [Read more ...]
30 Mar

Can I have two Aadhaar numbers?

No. An Aadhaar number is unique. The uniqueness works two ways, as I explained in So, what is so unique about Aadhaar: I and only I have that artifact, and no one else – no two person has the same artifact (an artifact can be anything to identify me – a name, number, visual/barcode, etc). The artifact belongs to me and I have no other artifact – no person has more than one artifact. One can apply/enroll multiple times - however, since the Aadhaar number is issued against the [Read more ...]