Ajoy Kumar

A humane and rational approach to democracy

Friday, 16 Mar 2018 | Ajoy Kumar | in Edit

It is disheartening to see our country, which has produced brilliant scientific minds, disregard logic and reason in favour of loud, unsubstantiated disagreements This past week, the world lost a wonderful mind and an accomplished scientist in Stephen Hawking. Hawking told us a beautiful story about the origin of the universe...

Did someone say we need a Government?

Friday, 02 Mar 2018 | Ajoy Kumar | in Edit

While the BJP claims to have taken several well-intentioned policy moves, the fact is that most of its schemes have been repackaged and it is nowhere towards improving governance Typically, after a political party has contested the elections and has managed to get elected to power, there is a swift but...

Never let the truth get in the way…

Friday, 16 Feb 2018 | Ajoy Kumar | in Edit

Before promising a great future or speculating on the past, the BJP Government must ensure it doesn’t lose its handle on the present The Bharatiya Janata Party has been on a mission to weave stories that they believe will help distract from the fact that this Government is struggling. It’s the...

An underwhelming Budget 2018-19

Friday, 02 Feb 2018 | Ajoy Kumar | in Oped

Instead of using the Budget as an opportunity for economic rejuvenation, the Government marketed itself and forgot about working towards its goals The Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley, while giving his Budget speech used the opportunity to speak in both Hindi and in English. Unfortunately, all this meant was that the...

Lesson from judicial crisis: Once bitten, never shy

Friday, 19 Jan 2018 | Ajoy Kumar | in Edit

The judiciary is as much an institution of the public as is the legislature or the executive. A strong nation is one that embraces questions on the judiciary and does not shy away from them For most of us, the judiciary represents hope. It’s the institution the nation has looked to...

Aadhaar and PDS: Another implementation disaster

Friday, 05 Jan 2018 | Ajoy Kumar | in Edit

Linking of the Public Distribution System with Aadhaar is a textbook example of how implementation of schemes remain riddled with issues. The Government must pay heed By now, the heartbreaking death of Santoshi Kumari, an 11-year old resident of Karimati village in Jharkhand, has been well reported in the news across...

Police reforms: No takers even after all these years

Friday, 22 Dec 2017 | Ajoy Kumar | in Edit

It is extremely upsetting that despite many committees and court directives calling for the need to implement police reforms, political will is lacking In my last piece in The Pioneer, I had commented on some of the issues with the policing system in India and how, though there are structural issues...

Police reforms: How to change from within

Friday, 08 Dec 2017 | Ajoy Kumar | in Edit

For the police system to improve, the country does not require any massive structural reforms or a huge legislative effort. Small yet concerted efforts will suffice Last fortnight, I had written a piece on the status of undertrials in India for The Pioneer. In the column, I had proposed certain changes...

Trials and tribulations of undertrials in India

Friday, 24 Nov 2017 | Ajoy Kumar | in Edit

The essential aim of any theory of punishment is, or should be, to reduce crime in society. We are failing as a nation to address this issue Justice delayed is justice denied,” is an old English adage which rings just as true today. For some like Machang Lalung, who spent 54...


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