Author : Dr MOHAN KANDA


A brief history of India’s struggle for freedom from British colonial rule -II

A brief history of India’s struggle for freedom from British colonial rule -II

Mar 28,2017 , 01:31 AM IST | Hans
The "Jallianwala Bagh" massacre, called the "Amritsar massacre" occurred on 13 April 1919. A peaceful group of Baisakhi pilgrims had gathered together and were protesting, unaware that Martial law had been imposed.
A brief history of India’s struggle for freedom from the British colonial rule

A brief history of India’s struggle for freedom from the British colonial rule

Mar 20,2017 , 10:55 PM IST | Hans
When one surveys the history of countries in the world today which have succeeded in freeing themselves from the clutches of colonial powers, the struggle for freedom in India – non-violent and peaceful as it was – surely represents a unique example.
Awards, honors and promotional activities by foundations - around the world and in India

Awards, honors and promotional activities by foundations - around the world and in India

Mar 07,2017 , 12:20 AM IST | Hans
The well known Tata Group has of expresses always believed strongly in sharing the wealth accumulated by its founders instituted a number of philanthropic Trusts to support economic, social and community causes, apart from programmes for the uplift of the underprivileged.
Awards, honors and promotional activities by foundations - around the world and in India

Awards, honors and promotional activities by foundations - around the world and in India

Feb 28,2017 , 12:02 AM IST | Hans
As I have mentioned earlier in this column, it is now accepted around the world that governments alone cannot address effectively issues of the growth and development of countries. This is particularly so in regard to solving the problems of poverty, hunger, inequality, denial of access to basic human needs and exclusion. 
Options and Priorities - the Wood or the Tree Dilemma!

Options and Priorities - the Wood or the Tree Dilemma!

Feb 20,2017 , 11:42 PM IST | Hans
I have, applied the system with spectacular results in many situations and departments. In the Commercial Tax Department a large number of petty cases, accounting for a majority of the number but making only an insignificant contribution to the revenue, were placed in category C. 
Options and Priorities - the Wood or the Tree Dilemma!

Options and Priorities - the Wood or the Tree Dilemma!

Feb 13,2017 , 11:44 PM IST | Hans
As Chief Secretary I started what was called the INSTAX (Instant Access to Exceptional Information) Station. Instead of relying on the slow and hierarchical flow of information, this station directly accessed information from the print and electronic media, the internet and also received telephonic messages, and mails, SMSs from field officers at the cutting-edge level of crucial departments. 
Options and Priorities - the Wood or the Tree Dilemma!

Options and Priorities - the Wood or the Tree Dilemma!

Feb 07,2017 , 12:06 AM IST | Hans
Every situation in administration at any level presents options and priorities. To understand the wide gamut of governance issues that one may face, let us look at a hypothetical example. 
Peeping into the future

Peeping into the future

Jan 30,2017 , 11:51 PM IST | Hans
This week I am going to introduce you to the work of a few authors whose imagination dwelt in the future. They foresaw what the consequences of advanced technology would be like in the distant future, and wove with their imagination stories rich in fantasy.
Some tips about preparing for interviews for selection to the Central, State Civil Services

Some tips about preparing for interviews for selection to the Central, State Civil Services

Jan 23,2017 , 11:36 PM IST | Hans
My advice is that, every day, you must read one newspaper of your choice from cover to cover. Whatever word, expression or context you fail to understand, you must make sure that you consult a source or person to remove doubts if any. That way you will be able to remain au fait with the happenings around you in the political, economic, cultural and social spheres.
Do’s and don’ts in interviews

Do’s and don’ts in interviews

Jan 16,2017 , 10:45 PM IST | Hans
Nowadays I spend a lot of time talking to youngsters who are preparing for various types of competitive examinations.
Things in heaven and earth

Things in heaven and earth

Jan 09,2017 , 11:15 PM IST | Hans
As I, have observed earlier, it is essential for a person to be emotionally stable, possess a fit body and a contemporary mind.
Persons, events and places that act as sources of inspiration for today’s youth

Persons, events and places that act as sources of inspiration for today’s youth

Jan 03,2017 , 01:03 AM IST | Hans
I shall now devote space in the next few pieces to make some suggestions which will hopefully be of some help to, not only to those preparing for fulfilling and rewarding careers, but also to add fullness and satisfaction to their lives.
Some interesting expereinces

Some interesting expereinces

Dec 20,2016 , 12:25 AM IST | Hans
I was serving as the chief secretary of Andhra Pradesh state and YSR was the Chief Minister. Rangarajan, the former Governor of the state, was in town and was staying with his daughter. 
The phenomenon called NTR

The phenomenon called NTR

Dec 13,2016 , 12:49 AM IST | Hans
NTR was a man always totally in command of the situation at hand. It is well-known that his forte was the ability to remain totally incorruptible.
What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

Oct 18,2016 , 12:38 AM IST | Hans
But In the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana different usage is in practice. The surname, instead of being spelt in full, is shortened into the initial and comes in the beginning, followed by the first name. In Tamil Nadu, the surname is not mentioned at all. 
ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL-ix

ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL-ix

Oct 11,2016 , 12:21 AM IST | Hans
Around that time that UPSC introduced Ethics as a compulsory subject in the general studies paper of the Civil Service examinations and I was asked by compiling material for Chaitanya Academy to give lecture on that subject. 
All's well that ends well VIII

All's well that ends well VIII

Oct 04,2016 , 12:15 AM IST | Hans
On the subject of keeping pets at home, my father had always said "never give your heart to a dog to break.” Nevertheless I have never been without a dog from age nine. While I always enjoyed their company. I realised fully only then the real value of having a pet at home. 
All’s well that ends well

All’s well that ends well

Sep 26,2016 , 11:20 PM IST | Hans
During those few years I received many offers from the private sector to serve as an advisor for various corporate houses, some very lucrative. While I came close to accepting in many cases, I somehow never clinched the issue. 
All’s well that ends well

All’s well that ends well

Sep 19,2016 , 11:35 PM IST | Hans
Upon return to the state again I was looking around for something to keep me busy essentially to keep ennui at bay. Venu once advised me to cultivate a hobby to keep the mind active. D.V. Subba Rao, also a former Governor RBI, said it is necessary to take a different route to the office every day just in order to avoid falling into a rut. 
All’s well that ends well

All’s well that ends well

Sep 12,2016 , 11:37 PM IST | Hans
All my life I have been blessed with the company of a best friend. Among these and perhaps for the longest time, is Peter Hassan. This narrative will never be complete without my sharing a few thoughts with the readers about this wonderful personality. 
All’s well that ends well

All’s well that ends well

Aug 29,2016 , 11:10 PM IST | Hans
On October 5, 2005 I travelled to Delhi to take over as member NDMA –to begin an exciting tenure in that newly set up outfit. Qualitatively, that period was quite different from the service days. Busy through I was, I proud the freedom and the time to do things which I was too preoccupied to do earlier.
All’s well that ends well

All’s well that ends well

Aug 22,2016 , 11:36 PM IST | Hans
And then came the dastardly attack on Chandrababu Naidu’s convoy while he was on his way to Tirupati to fulfill an engagement – an event that, at least for some time, changed his attitude towards life. The impact that event made on his mind and thinking was partly responsible for his, what in retrospect turned out to be, an ill judged move. 
All's well that ends well

All's well that ends well

Aug 15,2016 , 11:30 PM IST | Hans
While living in that swimming pool - cum - house we had an interesting character called Bapanna who assisted us with household chores. One of Usha’s precious possessions was an electric iron. 
All’s well that ends well

All’s well that ends well

Aug 08,2016 , 11:28 PM IST | Hans
Finally that day had arrived. The day on which to bid goodbye to the Service. To severe, once and for all, the umbilical cord that had kept me tethered to the community of servants of the citizens of this great country. 
Some special memories from around the world part-III

Some special memories from around the world part-III

Aug 01,2016 , 11:51 PM IST | Hans
Situated on the banks of the Mekong River the “pearl of Asia,” Phnom Penh was the venue of a workshop on agriculture which I attended on behalf of the Department of agriculture and cooperation in the year 1997?
Some special memories from around the world

Some special memories from around the world

Jul 25,2016 , 10:46 PM IST | Hans
I have had the distinction of serving, on the Board of Governors of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) on two different occasions; once as Secretary Agriculture, government of India and again as Chief Secretary, government of Andhra Pradesh. 
Clarity and confidence to the rescue in a delicate situation

Clarity and confidence to the rescue in a delicate situation

May 24,2016 , 11:35 PM IST | Hans
In 1981, as Secretary to the Vice President of India I accompanied Justice Hidayatullah to Canada on an official visit. Dr Gurdial Singh Dhillion was India’s High Commissioner in Canada. Our itinerary took us on a visit to Chateau Montebello, near Quebec, the venue of a recent G7 summit attended among others by Ronald Reagan,
My experiences with Justice Hidayatullah, Vice President of India Acting President?

My experiences with Justice Hidayatullah, Vice President of India Acting President?

May 16,2016 , 11:17 PM IST | Hans
There is no substitute for patient research and a thorough knowledge of the book of rules – especially while taking a position with superiors.
How financial emergency was avoided

How financial emergency was avoided

May 09,2016 , 11:22 PM IST | Hans
1983 in Andhra Pradesh, Sri N.T. Rama Rao was the new Chief Minister. I was Joint Secretary in the Chief Minister’s Office. A resolution had recently been passed by the State Legislative Assembly recommending the abolition of the state Legislative Council (LC). Every LC is constituted through a resolution of the Assembly subsequently approved by Parliament. The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government
Danger, immediate and present

Danger, immediate and present

May 03,2016 , 12:31 AM IST | Hans
That legal phrase is the American equivalent of what Indian Law calls “grave and sudden provocation”, equivalent not in their meaning, but in terms of the recognition of the   circumstances whose existence is accepted as constituting the grounds for taking a somewhat lenient view in regard to the commission of a crime.