Dilip Cherian's Blog

Dilip Cherian Blog Dilip is considered India's foremost Image Management guru and resident iconoclast. He wavers between irrational exuberance and cataclysmic gloom but can be influenced at mail@dilipcherian.com

27 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Sudden exit

Sudden exit Modi sarkar has a rather dramatic way of ousting senior bureaucrats it thinks are no longer required. Nearly two months ago, the Special Protection Group chief Durga Prasad was unceremoniously sacked while travelling in Nepal with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. And last week Avinash Chander, the head of the Defence Research and Development [...]

23 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

A different wapsi

A different wapsi This is a different kind of wapsi and a non-controversial one. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed all secretary-level officials at the Centre to leave their cloistered offices and return to the grassroots where they began their careers. A communication to this effect was issued recently by Department of Personnel and Training [...]

22 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

PMO moves

PMO moves The sudden and controversial transfer last month of former SPG director Durga Prasad has led to several changes in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). It appears that the government has decided, for the time being, not to fill the post vacated by Prasad. Instead Gujarat cadre IPS officer Vivek Srivastava will be inspector [...]

10 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Tea and talk

Tea and talk Meetings and discussions over tea don’t but arouse interest but ever since Narendra Modi introduced the “Chai Pe Charcha” concept in his election campaigning, the run-of-the-mill routine has evolved into a high ritual! In fact, some members of Modi sarkar seem to be keen to take the concept further. Chief Economic Advisor [...]

01 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Facebook in India: how to monetise the boom

Facebook in India: how to monetise the boom Avantika Chilkoti | Aug 04 08:09 | http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2014/08/04/facebook-in-india-how-to-monetise-the-boom/ Facebook’s user base in India surpassed 100m earlier this year, making it the second largest market for the social network after the US, and industry analysts predict India will take the top spot later this year. In a recent [...]

01 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

India: the first big social media election

India: the first big social media election Avantika Chilkoti | Feb 26 09:30 |   http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2014/02/26/india-the-first-big-social-media-election/ From Google Hangouts with overseas citizens to online political debates organised by Facebook, Indian politicians have turned to social media to woo voters ahead of this year’s general election. Political parties generally look to Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns for [...]

01 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Sinha’s successor

Sinha’s successor Just a week before the Central Bureau of Investigation  chief Ranjit Sinha retires under a cloud, the government is making hectic efforts to appoint his successor, though some believe that the process could take longer. It’s a suspenseful time, for the candidates in the running to replace Mr Sinha. The government moved a [...]

25 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Tumult in the MEA

Tumult in the MEA Babus in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), both serving and retired, are a worried lot. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed worries that there are too few of them serving in India. Now that he’s done 30 days of globe-trotting he needs hands and legs in Delhi to deliver on [...]

19 November 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Poor vigilance

Poor vigilance Trouble trails Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi wherever he goes. After his much-publicised litany of woes in Haryana in the erstwhile Hooda sarkar, it was believed that his move to Delhi would spell the dawn of quieter times. But his stint as chief vigilance officer at All India Institute of Medical [...]

30 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Red tape rules

Red tape rules Senior bureaucrats, you would assume, would know how to deal with their kind. But the ways of babudom can sometimes flummox even the most experienced babus, as Rajasthan’s chief secretary Rajiv Mehrishi recently discovered. Mehrishi, who is in the running to be the next Cabinet Secretary, got a taste of red tapism [...]