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Pradeep Kumar, the newly appointed Central Vigilance Commissioner, who was the Defense secretary earlier, had not applied for the job of CVC. His name was neither sponsored, nor nominated by any authority, according to information received under the Right to Information Act from the Union ministry of Personnel and Training.

As Pakistan and India talk to each other, there appears to be a clear fork on the road ahead. The left one leads to a world of déjà-vu, where Pakistan revels in "strategic depth" in Afghanistan, and India and Pakistan continue to keep the world on edge. 

For most part of the year,  Pen, (पेण /pay’N) situated some 80 kms away from Mumbai on the Goa Highway, is just a sign-board, while heading to the beautiful beaches of Alibaug and beyond.

It’s good that the Indian establishment can allow such an admission, but so what? That’s surely little consolation to the many “half-widows” of Kashmiris “disappeared” by Indian forces.

Critics would contend that there are thousands of NGOs who are surviving on the grants of World Bank. That is not an issue. The issue is whether, the IAC team is in some way playing in the hands of these institutions.

There are many reasons for the Anna Hazare drama at Ramlila Maidan, which finally concluded with the government getting the fast called off on a mere verbal assurance to ‘look sympathetically’ at the demands made.

Rahul Gandhi's speech in the Parliament lends weight to suspicions that one objective of the Ramlila Maidan blitz is to destabilise Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and elevate Mr Rahul Gandhi to the office.

Given the recent developments, it was difficult to avoid commenting on the India Against Corruption (IAC) campaign led by Anna Hazare. Let me clarify at the onset that I don’t support Anna’s version of the Jan Lokpal Bill and the intransigent campaign through which he seeks to get the proposal implemented. 

The good news – Anna Hazare has finally stepped down BIG TIME from his earlier threats and within hours of this blog post being published, will end his fast. He seems to have realised that "some of his demands were not just unworkable but also unconstitutional".

 

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