Executive steamroller

Print edition : April 12, 2019

The Planning Commission building in New Delhi. The Centre replaced the Commission with the NITI Aayog. Photo: Shanker Chakravarty

Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar (right) and CEO Amitabh Kant. Photo: R.V. MOORTHY

Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora addressing a press conference in New Delhi on March 10. Photo: Manish Swarup/AP

A.K. Joti, former Election Commissioner of India. Photo: Kamal Narang

Ranjit Sinha: He was appointed CBI Director by the UPA government. Photo: Meeta Ahlawat

Alok Kumar Verma, whose tenure was marked by an open confrontation with Rakesh Asthana. Photo: PTI

Anil Kumar Sinha. His tenure as CBI Director was highly controversial. Photo: PTI

BJP president Amit Shah. Photo: AP

The Liquor baron Vijay Mallya. Photo: Getty Images

At the farewell ceremony for Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra (right), Justice Ranjan Gogoi (left), who took over as the Chief Justice of India, and Justices A.N. Sikri (second from left) and Kurien Joseph, in New Delhi on October 1, 2018. Photo: Sushil Kumar Verma

Institutions of the Indian state faced their worst challenge during the Narendra Modi years. The Planning Commission has been replaced with the NITI Aayog, the Election Commission has been manipulated to the ruling party’s advantage, the CBI has not been allowed to function impartially, and judicial independence has been tampered with to a large extent.
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