An Upstart in Government: Journeys of change and learning by Arun Maira

By Arun Maira

For 5 years (2009-14) Arun Maira sat in India’s cockpit, as member of India’s nationwide making plans fee. those have been years of significant adjustments within the nation, finishing with the crash of the grand previous Congress social gathering within the nationwide elections and the emergence of a brand new political configuration in govt. With an insider’s view An Upstart in govt analyses the foundation explanations of the myriad bottlenecks in implementation of regulations and tasks in these years that introduced down the expansion of the economic climate. Maira explains that reliable governance of various and democratic India should be outfitted on robust structures of cooperation instead of hierarchical associations. He makes use of his adventure as a hands-on chief of companies and a administration advisor to give an explanation for how those structures has to be built. Maira’s transparent and candid pondering resulted in the winding down of the making plans fee and its alternative through the nationwide establishment for Transformation of India (NITI Aayog).
Thought-provoking and incisive, An Upstart in executive exhibits how India can increase strategies to transform competition into collaboration and confusion into coordination, with a purpose to steer clear of previous blunders and circulation in the direction of a brighter destiny with speedier, extra inclusive, and sustainable development.

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Notes 1. We have borrowed the term ‘a nation still in the making’ from LaPorte, Jr. (1999). 2. See Hasan-Askari Rizvi (2000). Also refer to Veena Kukreja (2003: Chapter II, 43–44). 3. Refer to Burki (1999) and Jaffrelot (2002). 4. This term is further elaborated in the work by Feroz Ahmed, The Rise of Muhajir in Pakistan (1989), 35. 5. Also refer to Bodansky 1995. References AHMED, AIJAZ. 1983. ‘Democracy and Dictatorship’, in Hassan Gardezi and Jamil Rashid (eds), Pakistan: The Roots of Dictatorship.

In politics, the real challenge is to define a political framework in which to bring together a number of diverse interests and nationalities. The question of the role of the military in politics has to be decided. The issue of the distribution of political power between the federal government and the federating states will need to be resolved, as well as the issue of meaningful participation in political decision-making on the part of the half a dozen socio-cultural communities that constitute present-day Pakistan.

4. This term is further elaborated in the work by Feroz Ahmed, The Rise of Muhajir in Pakistan (1989), 35. 5. Also refer to Bodansky 1995. References AHMED, AIJAZ. 1983. ‘Democracy and Dictatorship’, in Hassan Gardezi and Jamil Rashid (eds), Pakistan: The Roots of Dictatorship. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. AHMED, FEROZ. 1989. The Rise of Muhajir in Pakistan. Pakistan Progressive X (2–3). ALAVI, HAMZA. 1983. ‘Class and State’, in Hassan Gardezi and Jamil Rashid (eds), Pakistan: The Roots of Dictatorship New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

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