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

05 September 2016 ~ 0 Comments

New thinking?

New thinking? The appointment of Dr Urjit Patel as Raghuram Rajan’s successor at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has put an end to a period of furious speculation in which names of several notables were thrown up in the painstakingly thorough selection process. By opting for Rajan’s deputy, the government has signalled that it [...]

05 September 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Another shake-up

Another shake-up As part of a massive mid-level reshuffle, the government has appointed 22 new joint secretaries in different Central ministries and departments. Of these 18 belong to the IAS and the rest from other services. And as we’ve now come to expect in the Modi Sarkar, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) is not excluded [...]

04 July 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Railways under pressure

Railways under pressure Though surveys conducted at the second anniversary of the Modi sarkar rate the Railways as having performed commendably, Prime Minister Narendra Modi isn’t, if leaks anything to go by, totally impressed with that ministry’s performance. According to those sources now being aired, the prime minister is unhappy that there is no “visible [...]

27 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

No country for whistle blowers

No country for whistle blowers The cruel fate of whistleblowers in India is not a kind one. The recent examples of Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka and Indian Forest Service Officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi are still fresh in the public memory. Now another case of a whistleblower being victimized has come to light and it all [...]

15 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

A new challenge for Watal

A new challenge for Watal Known for its reliance on babus, the Modi sarkar is understandably reluctant to lose the services of a trusted babu who retires. Former finance secretary Ratan Watal, who ended his two-month extended tenure in April, has now been reappointed as principal advisor for social sector in the Niti Ayog for [...]

06 June 2016 ~ 0 Comments

MP babu stung by praise

MP babu stung by praise An IAS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre Ajay Singh Gangwar has fallen foul of the state government when he praised former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in a recent Facebook post. Though the post was later deleted, the damage was done. On receiving a complaint, the state chief secretary Anthony [...]

30 May 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Minor changes, kindly adjust

Minor changes, kindly adjust In last week’s appointment of seven additional secretaries in various ministries it was the shifting of U.P. Singh, the all-powerful additional secretary in the Petroleum Ministry to the Water Resources Ministry that raised the most eyebrows. Even the intra-Ministry transfer of Gujarat cadre IAS officer and Modi-confidante Girish Murmu from expenditure [...]

24 May 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Gunning for Rajan

Gunning for Rajan Though strictly not a babu or even from Dilli there is no doubt that Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan is unspokenly India’s biggest “finance babu” for now. He is one of very few officials to have been appointed by the Manmohan Singh government to survive well into the Modi sarkar. [...]

09 May 2016 ~ 0 Comments

The PM’s men in Delhi

The PM’s men in Delhi Suddenly there are rumours that K Kailashnathan, chief principal secretary to Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel, could possibly now surface in Delhi. Those in the know say that he may be reluctant to move out of his home turf. He is one of the few babus of the state who [...]

03 May 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Rajan’s sound advice

Rajan’s sound advice When Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan speaks, the government listens. Even with news trickling in that Rajan may now be staring at the exit door, he’s listened to though he has stirred controversy with his remarks, which are at variance with the views of the Finance Ministry. It’s well known [...]