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

03 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Plugging leaks

Plugging leaks Call it a gag order, but the Union Home Ministry prefers to term the newly issued guidelines as “streamlining” the process of releasing information to the media. While the media is obviously fuming, sources say that even babus at the Ministry are unhappy with the new directive from Home Minister Rajnath Singh. So [...]

03 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Paying the price

Paying the price In a recent transfer of 18 Indian Administrative Service officers in Karnataka, one babu’s name stuck out, Principal Secretary for Information Technology and Biotechnology, the redoubtable Srivatsa Krishna. Sources say he fell afoul of his minister S.R. Patil. Mr Krishna has now been named secretary to the Department of Personnel and Administrative [...]

27 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Like it or not!

Like it or not! Perhaps it’s only appropriate in this age of social media that tussles for bureaucratic positions should be carried over to Facebook and Twitter. Clearly the time when babus were wary about using social media is past. In Uttarakhand the chief secretary’s position is at the centre of an intense battle on [...]

27 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

AAP ne bulaya…

AAP ne bulaya… While not always tilting at windmills, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal continues his confrontation with the Centre, which he has accused of creating hurdles for his government and ruling the capital through “proxy”. While the battle with Lt Governor Najeeb Jung has sort of subsided for the moment to a low simmer, [...]

13 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments


The favoured one Old ties help. Gautam Sanyal, the Central Secretariat Service (CSS) officer, who has just been elevated to principal secretary to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, has the old connection to thank for his promotion. The move has not surprised the Indian Administrative Service fraternity since Mr Sanyal enjoys enormous clout in [...]

06 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Double relief

Double relief After a long battle to come to the Centre on deputation, Sanjiv Chaturvedi, the whistleblower Indian Forest Service officer, was sent to All-India Institute of Medical Sciences as anti-corruption officer. But the Modi government removed him and sought to end his anti-corruption inquiries. Since then the officer has been seeking a permanent cadre [...]

23 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

“Missing” in action

“Missing” in action The government seems to have some babus on its rolls even when they have gone “missing”, in some cases for several years. According to sources, at least a dozen Indian Administrative Service officers across the country have vanished without leaving a trace, and yet no action has been taken due to appalling [...]

23 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Babu versus babu

Babu versus babu The ongoing spat between Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lt Governor Najeeb Jung has left the bureaucracy divided and turning on each other. Now a senior babu has complained to Delhi government’s Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) against Mr Kejriwal’s secretary Rajender Kumar, accusing him of corruption. Ashish Joshi, who had a public [...]

19 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Loyalty pays

Loyalty pays Prime Minister Narendra Modi may be comfortably ensconced at Race Course Road, but he has not taken his eyes off his home state Gujarat, where his writ clearly still runs. Though he brought a clutch of bureaucrats along with him when he moved to the Centre, there are still some ‘loyalist’ babus who [...]

13 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Loyalty pass

Loyalty pass It’s now well known that it helps to watch carefully that one stays firmly in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s good books. Some ministers and their aides learnt this the hard way, when a few weeks ago, some lowly ministerial staffers attended the birthday bash of BJP leader and Mr Modi’s bête noire Sanjay [...]