Civil Law (Books and Journals)
- Indian Journal of Public Administration From Nbr. 1-1, January 1955 to Nbr. 67-1, March 2021
- Legal Articles Think Legal, 2014
Book review: Sudhanshu Ranjan, Justice vs. Judiciary: Justice Enthroned or Entangled in India?
Sudhanshu Ranjan, Justice vs. Judiciary: Justice Enthroned or Entangled in India? New Delhi, India: Oxford University Press, 2019, xiv + 384 pp., ₹995 (Hardcover). ISBN: 978-0-19-949049-3, 0-19-949049-X.
Book review: Iqbal Chand Malhotra & Maroof Raza, Kashmir’s Untold Story: Declassified
Iqbal Chand Malhotra & Maroof Raza, Kashmir’s Untold Story: Declassified. India: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019, 202 pp. £22.50 (hardback). ISBN: 9789388912853.
Book review: Govind Bhattacharjee, Story of Consciousness
Govind Bhattacharjee, Story of Consciousness. Noida, India: Vigyan Prasar, 2019, 372 pp. ₹450.00.
Book review: Rita Abrahamsen, Disciplining Democracy: Development Discourse and Good Governance in Africa
Rita Abrahamsen, Disciplining Democracy: Development Discourse and Good Governance in Africa. New York: Zed Books, 2000, XV+168 pp., $22.50 (paperback), ISBN:1-85649-859-X; $65.00 (hardback), ISBN: 1-85649-858-1.
Book review: Ram Sewak Sharma, The Making of Aadhar: The World’s Largest Identity Platform
Ram Sewak Sharma, The Making of Aadhar: The World’s Largest Identity Platform. New Delhi, India: Rupa Publishers, 2020, 240 pp., ₹595.00.
- Current Challenges in Diffusion of Solar Power in India
Focus on Quality in Higher Education in India
These days we find a lot more focus on ‘quality’ in the field of higher education than ever before. In fact, it is the concept of quality that makes higher education ‘higher’. Earlier, the pursuit of higher education was elitist. The focus used to be on ‘knowledge for the sake of knowledge’. However, with the massification of higher education in the wake of knowledge-based and technology-driven...
National Cadet Corps (NCC): Its Role in Integrating North Eastern Region (NER) with Mainstream India
To the North Eastern Region (NER) of India, lie the unexplored states of the Indian Union. This region holds a unique place in the federal structure of India. This article attempts to scrutinise the diversity of NER, along with the potential of the National Cadet Corps (NCC) as a medium to change, uplift and assimilate it with pan India. The article aims to comprehend how NER can accommodate the...
Personal Liability: Forging New Tools of Accountability in Public Law
In 1991, two decisions passed by benches headed by Kuldip Singh J. marked an unprecedented shift to holding public officers personally liable to pay damages for arbitrary orders. The Supreme Court of India imposed damages to the quantum of fifty lakh rupees on Captain Satish Sharma, the former Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas, for arbitrarily allotting fifteen petrol outlets out of his...
Revisiting Fred W. Riggs’ Model in the Context of ‘Prismatic’ Societies Today
F. W. Riggs initiated seminal areas of enquiry and research right from the beginning of his journey as an author and a theorist in public administration. His lifetime publications testify to a search for an ‘authentic’ model for analysing the administrative structures and behaviour of developing countries since the 1960s. Riggs pursued what is known as the ‘ecological’ study of public...
The Rise of the Panchayati Raj Institutions as the Third Tier in Indian Federalism: Where the Shoe Pinches
The idea of forming a two-tier federal structure in India gathered considerable momentum after the Indian National Congress and the Muslim League came together through a Pact in 1916. But the concept of the third tier which was mooted in the Constituent Assembly through the incorporation of panchayats in the Directive Principles of State Policy after detailed deliberation began receiving...
Central Vigilance Commission: A Perspective Based on Historical Indian World View and Statecraft
Central Vigilance Commission is the apex integrity institution of the nation. It was formed by the government on the recommendations of the Santhanam Committee by way of a Resolution on 11 February 1964. Over the period, unparalleled services have been rendered by the Commission to the nation in the field of anti-corruption. However, a far more important role played by the Commission is that it...
Exploring Leadership in the Frame of Prescriptions and Systemic Expectations: A Case of Government Boys Secondary School in Delhi
The words autonomy, power and leadership have always been debated, especially when it comes to government setup where roles and responsibilities largely are top-down. The article explores leadership practices and autonomy exercised by the school leader within the frame of prescribed roles and responsibilities and accountability structures. The study is a case of Government Secondary School in...
Urban–Rural Dichotomy in Planning: Review of Legal Framework in Four States of India
Current urbanisation trends in India show a quantum jump in number of ‘census towns’, which are not statutorily declared as urban areas, but have acquired all characteristics of urban settlements. Sizeable number of such census towns are not located near any Class 1 city. Lack of proper and timely planning has led to unplanned growth of these settlements. This article is based on a review of...
A Case for Improving Postal Security in the Department of Posts, India
The term ‘postal security’ as used here broadly refers to the measures taken by the Post Organization (Department or Company) for the safe transmission of letters and parcels of the customers from the origin to its destination. It refers to measures to protect letters and parcels from untrustworthy employees and other criminal elements. The safety and security of postal property can also be added
Book review: Rao V.B.J. Chelikani, Civics of Human Relations
Rao V.B.J. Chelikani, Civics of Human Relations. Chennai: Notion Press, 2019, pp. 506, ₹515.00 (Paperback). ISBN- 978-1-64546-579-9.
Book review: Goke Adegoroye, Restoring Good Governance in Nigeria (Vol. 2): Leadership & Political Will
Goke Adegoroye, Restoring Good Governance in Nigeria (Vol. 2): Leadership & Political Will. Lagos: Prestige Imprint, Kachifo Limited, 2015, pp. 186, ₹941.64.
Book review: Manan Dwivedi, Trump’s America: Diplomacy and Economic Policies
Manan Dwivedi, Trump’s America: Diplomacy and Economic Policies. New Delhi: Ane Books Pvt Ltd., 2020, pp. 222, ₹843.00 (Hardcover). ISBN-13: 978-9389212617.
Book review: Shashi Bhushan Kumar and Umesh Kumar, Naxalism and Caste Militancy in Bihar
Shashi Bhushan Kumar and Umesh Kumar, Naxalism and Caste Militancy in Bihar. Delhi: Saad Publications, 2017, pp. 224., ₹895.00.
Customary Law and Challenges to Governance in the Context of Land Inheritance Among the Women of Munda Tribe in Jharkhand
The changing socio-economic scenario has brought its negative repercussions on the tribal women. They are not only being denied land rights but are also being made the victims of violence by the males. They are mostly widows, single and separated women. This research article focuses on the Munda tribe in Jharkhand and attempts to study the customary practices of the land inheritance among the...
- Dr B.R. Ambedkar’s Philosophy of Constitutionalism as an Instrument of Justice: Social, Economic and Political
- Do the Advantages of the Weberian Bureaucracy Outweigh Its Disadvantages?
Governance Gaps in the Sixth Schedule Mechanisms in Meghalaya
The legal-political discourse at the time of drafting of independent India’s Constitution resulted in a unique constitutional arrangement guaranteeing a model of self-government through setting up Autonomous District Councils (ADCs) for some of India’s designated tribal communities. This constitutional modality governing the tribal majority regions in India’s North-east is known as the Sixth...
Indian Railways Restructuring: Private Sector Involvement, A Beginning
Indian Railways (IRs), the world’s fourth-largest network by size, has a route length covering approximately 68,155 km. It operates over 22,669 trains a day, sixty per cent of which are the ones transporting about 844 crore passengers and 123 crore tonnes of freight; two-third of its total revenue is from freight and only 27.3 per cent are passenger receipts. It is the eighth employer in the...
Lateral Recruitment in Civil Services: Standing the Test of Merit
Keeping bureaucracy, the permanent executive, insulated from the influence of the political executive has always been the focus of administrative reforms. A transparent and fair system of recruitment based on meritocracy is a key to shield administrators from political influence. This article analyses the essential conditions required for the successful implementation of lateral recruitment in...
Nehru Report, Muslim Demands and the Hindu Mahasabha: Elusive Consensus on Future Constitution
The Nehru Report of August 1928 presented the blueprint of a Swaraj Constitution. Encapsulating the demands of the Indians to the colonial government as opposed to the latter’s insistence on seeking opinion through an all-whites commission, the report also presents the historical roots of our present Constitution. Amid opposing claims, consensus over the communal issues in the report, which...
- Review Mechanisms of the Public Procurement Process
The Trajectory of Indian State: A Theoretical Understanding
The concept of state occupies a central place in the academic discourse. The idea of the state has been an important determinant factor in terms of analysing the politics of the country. It is in this context this article seeks to understand the trajectory of the Indian state. The nature of the contemporary Indian state has undergone a dramatic change in the last few decades. The manifestation of
Capturing the Narratives of Sustainable Farming: Study of Marginal Women Farmers in Five Districts of Odisha
This article presents an analysis of field research on sustainable farming practices in five districts of Odisha, that have emerged as a response to the adversities created by modern industrial agriculture and agribusiness market. The capital and chemical-intensive farming have left a legacy of irreparable environmental damage; and the monocultures have led to the gradual disappearance of a...