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Revitalising Indian Democracy: Book by Maj. Gen.Vinod Saighal

Revitalising Indian Democracy

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ISBN: 9788121211505    Publisher: Gyan Publishing House Year of publishing: 2012     Format:  Hardback No of Pages: 267        Language: English
Description About The Author:- Major General Vinod Saighal retired from the Indian Army in 1995 from the post of Director General Military Training. Before that he had several active command assignments,...Read more
Description About The Author:- Major General Vinod Saighal retired from the Indian Army in 1995 from the post of Director General Military Training. Before that he had several active command assignments, including the command of an independent armoured formation and mountain and desert divisions. He has held an assignment with the UN peacekeeping forces as well as a tenure in Iran. He had served as the country's Military Attache in France and BENELUX, additionally overseeing Spain and Portugal. He speaks several languages including French and Persian. Currently he is the Executive Director of Eco Monitors Society a non-governmental organization concerned with demography and ecology. After retirement, he founded the Movement for Restoration of Good Government. He has lectured extensively in India and abroad on several burning issues of the day. Vinod Saighal was invited to join the 'Institutional Advisory Board' of USFSS (US Federation of Scientists and Scholars) in 2000. He has been International Conseiller to Centre d'Etude et de Prospective Strategique (CEPS), Paris, France since 1995. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed book 'Third Millennium Equipoise'. Additionally, he has authored Restructuring South Asian Security, Restructuring Pakistan, Dealing with Global Terrorism : The Way Forward and Global Security Paradoxes : 2000-2020. His first book was selected at the Caracas International Book Fair in November 2008 for a Spanish edition (title : Equilibrio en el Tercer Milenio).Contents:- Contents, Preface 7, Introduction 9, 1. Model for Restoration of Good Government 31, 2. India -Vision and Reality 39, • Re-appraising the Idea of India, • Internal Threat to India's Democracy is, Looming Larger with Each Passing Day, 3. Faltering Governance 67, • Turning a Blind Eye, • Fundamentals of Good Governance, • MRGG Questionnaire for Political Parties, Contesting the Lok Sabha Elections, • Revitalising Democracy, • Outline of a Model President's Rule, 4. Elections and the Political Class 93, • MRGG Appeal to the Indian Voter (1996), • MRGG Appeal to the Parliamentarians of the, Thirteenth Lok Sabha, • Missive to the Court on 'Negative Vote', • Indian Presidential Election 2007--A Zero, Sum Game, • Kudos to Election Commission for Bihar Poll, • The Sonia Factor in Congress Victory, • Foreign Origin: The National Security Angle, 6 Revitalising Indian Democracy, 5. Judiciary: The Saving Grace 113, • Taking the PIL Route, • Need for a Collegium, • Need to Revisit Anti-Terror Laws, • Dealing with Terrorism, • Combat Scenarios, • Breaking the Definitional Impasse, • The Judicial Perspective, 6. Fountainhead of Corruption 139, • Reconciling Coalition Dharma, Good, Governance and National Security, • Court on PIL, • Skewed Debate, 7. Black Money 159, • The New Monster, 8. Burning Issues 167, • Regional Disparity in North East, • Social Issues--Developing Taliban-like, Tendencies, 9. Jan Lok Pal Debate 171, • Beyond the 'Jan Lok Pal Bill', • Who Runs India ?, 10. Delhi Citizens Commission 177, Annexures 193, Comprising petitions to the Judiciary, missives to decision makers and articles that, underpin and supplement formulations in, Chapters 1 to 10., Index 257About The Book:- Vinod Saighal's Book Compels Attention For Several Reasons. To Begin With The Model For Restoration Of Good Government (Mrgg), A Universal Model That He Unveiled In October 1995 Found Resonance Around The Country And Some Parts Of The World, Including The United National. It Was Translated In To Several Languages. There Are Other Firsts In The Book. The Author Has Covered An Amazingly Large Spectrum In Pursuance Of His Single-Minded Quest For A Better India. He Brings To It A Perspective That Is Original And Refreshing. In Fact, It Is Rare To Find Such Broad Spectrum Analysis From A Single Source. Many Of The Formulations Would Appeal To Audiences In Countries Facing Similar Decline In The Functioning Of Their Democracies. In A Series Of Talks Delivered In 2010, 11 And 12 (Reconciling Coalition Dharma, Good Governance, National Security; Is The Constitution Being Constitutionally Undermined? Judicial Activism : Panacea, Bane Or Boon) The Author Highlighted The Terminal Degeneracy That Has Set In At The Very Apex Of Governance. In Similar Vein He Has Expressed The View That In Spite Of The Judiciary Being Accused In Government Circles Of Over-Activism, In Actual Fact The Judiciary Has Been Reluctant To Intervene, Merely Lamenting The Decline In Governance In Several Of Their Judgments. He Goes On To Say That Had The Judiciary Been More Assertive The Present Decline In Practically All Areas Of Governance Could Have Been Arrested Much Earlier. Relating To Hardened Criminals Becoming Legislators, Their Combined Strength In The Electoral College Will Soon Be Larger Than That Of The National Parties. Should The Present Trend Continue, By Giving A Call For Unity Amongst Their Fraternity, They Could Hypothetically Place An Arch-Criminal In The Rashtrapati Bhawan In The Not Too Distant Future., About The Author:- Major General Vinod Saighal Retired From The Indian Army In 1995 From The Post Of Director General Military Training. Before That He Had Several Active Command Assignments, Including The Command Of An Independent Armoured Formation And Mountain And Desert Divisions. He Has Held An Assignment With The Un Peacekeeping Forces As Well As A Tenure In Iran. He Had Served As The Country's Military Attache In France And Benelux, Additionally Overseeing Spain And Portugal. He Speaks Several Languages Including French And Persian. Currently He Is The Executive Director Of Eco Monitors Society A Non-Governmental Organization Concerned With Demography And Ecology. After Retirement, He Founded The Movement For Restoration Of Good Government. He Has Lectured Extensively In India And Abroad On Several Burning Issues Of The Day. Vinod Saighal Was Invited To Join The 'Institutional Advisory Board' Of Usfss (Us Federation Of Scientists And Scholars) In 2000. He Has Been International Conseiller To Centre D'Etude Et De Prospective Strategique (Ceps), Paris, France Since 1995. He Is The Author Of The Internationally Acclaimed Book 'Third Millennium Equipoise'. Additionally, He Has Authored Restructuring South Asian Security, Restructuring Pakistan, Dealing With Global Terrorism : The Way Forward And Global Security Paradoxes : 2000-2020. His First Book Was Selected At The Caracas International Book Fair In November 2008 For A Spanish Edition (Title : Equilibrio En El Tercer Milenio)., Content:- Contents, Preface 7, Introduction 9, 1. Model For Restoration Of Good Government 31, 2. India -Vision And Reality 39, • Re-Appraising The Idea Of India, • Internal Threat To India'S Democracy Is, Looming Larger With Each Passing Day, 3. Faltering Governance 67, • Turning A Blind Eye, • Fundamentals Of Good Governance, • Mrgg Questionnaire For Political Parties, Contesting The Lok Sabha Elections, • Revitalising Democracy, • Outline Of A Model President'S Rule, 4. Elections And The Political Class 93, • Mrgg Appeal To The Indian Voter (1996), • Mrgg Appeal To The Parliamentarians Of The, Thirteenth Lok Sabha, • Missive To The Court On 'Negative Vote', • Indian Presidential Election 2007--A Zero, Sum Game, • Kudos To Election Commission For Bihar Poll, • The Sonia Factor In Congress Victory, • Foreign Origin: The National Security Angle, 6 Revitalising Indian Democracy, 5. Judiciary: The Saving Grace 113, • Taking The Pil Route, • Need For A Collegium, • Need To Revisit Anti-Terror Laws, • Dealing With Terrorism, • Combat Scenarios, • Breaking The Definitional Impasse, • The Judicial Perspective, 6. Fountainhead Of Corruption 139, • Reconciling Coalition Dharma, Good, Governance And National Security, • Court On Pil, • Skewed Debate, 7. Black Money 159, • The New Monster, 8. Burning Issues 167, • Regional Disparity In North East, • Social Issues--Developing Taliban-Like, Tendencies, 9. Jan Lok Pal Debate 171, • Beyond The 'Jan Lok Pal Bill', • Who Runs India ?, 10. Delhi Citizens Commission 177, Annexures 193, Comprising Petitions To The Judiciary, Missives To Decision Makers And Articles That, Underpin And Supplement Formulations In, Chapters 1 To 10., Index 257
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