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Madhav Godbole


Two lessons from the Aryan Khan case
Sat, Nov 06, 2021

Madhav Godbole writes: It reveals the need to review the harsh narcotics law, and allegations about Sameer Wankhede’s religion show the need for the Centre to extend reservations to the backward among Muslims and Christians as well.

Centre must stop trying to muzzle retired officers
Tue, Jun 08, 2021

The Pension Amendment Rules, which put severe restrictions on the writings of retired officers from several organisations dealing with security and intelligence, will not stand scrutiny in a court of law.

New Parliament building must not overshadow need to tackle urgent questions of democracy
Mon, Dec 21, 2020

Parliament’s efficacy and effectiveness can be increased by implementing the reforms suggested hereafter. It does not require enlarging its size.

A law that offers citizenship only to non-Muslims sidesteps the real issues for political mileage
Mon, Dec 30, 2019

Making only non-Muslims eligible for citizenship could have been avoided by proposing that any migrant persecuted on religious or other grounds will be eligible for citizenship.

SC has always upheld and strengthened secularism, but its Ayodhya ruling is problematic on that score
Tue, Nov 19, 2019

The Supreme Court decision leaves one with an impression that even if the majority community takes the law into its hands and destroys and damages a place of worship of any minority community, it can be rewarded, and the state can just wither away! This is the most unnerving

Is India a secular nation?
Tue, Apr 12, 2016

Edited excerpts of the speech that was to be delivered at the Indian Institute of Public Administration, Mumbai, on April 4 by former Union Home Secretary Madhav Godbole.

A view from the AC toilet
Mon, Aug 23, 1999

Two recent news items brought out the empty rhetoric of make-believe development, indulged in by our political masters since the inceptio...

Do we need a permanent civil service?
Tue, Jun 29, 1999

Under the Constitution, we have accepted the concept of permanent civil services comprising the all India services and the central servic...

Transfer as punishment
Sat, May 15, 1999

Two recent news reports pertaining to transfers of bureaucrats in Maharashtra raise important issues. The first was about the statement o...

Need for a new and rational policy
Sat, May 15, 1999

Two recent news reports pertaining to transfers of bureaucrats in Maharashtra raise important issues. The first was about the statement o...

The brink of bankruptcy
Fri, Feb 05, 1999

It was just before the French Revolution, that Marie Antoinette is supposed to have told her countrymen, ``If you don't have bread, eat c...

His master’s whipping boy
Mon, Apr 06, 1998

Normally, one would ask what the bureaucracy has to do with the electoral fortunes of political parties. The bureaucracy is supposed by defi...

Kalyan Singh oversteps himself
Fri, Feb 13, 1998

According to recent reports, the Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to withdraw cases against kar sevaks who participated in the Ayodhya a...

Indian political service
Wed, Jan 28, 1998

A series of recent decisions of the Central government has once again shattered the myth that the civil services in India are apolitical and...

Crucial watchdogs
Wed, Dec 31, 1997

A recent news-item referred to the submissions made by the Attorney General before the Supreme Court in the public interest litigation perta...

Big words and tall claims
Tue, Nov 18, 1997

The conference of chief ministers in New Delhi on May 24, 1997 discussed the Action Plan for Effective and Responsive Government. The Actio...

His master’s vice — Rao’s St Kitts excuse
Thu, Jun 26, 1997

Is the seniormost minister in the Central Cabinet effectively a lowly government servant or a petty foot-soldier? This question inevitably ...

The virtue of anonymity
Fri, May 23, 1997

The CBI seems to be the only office working overtime in the Government these days. The newspapers are full of reports about the politicians...