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

22 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Change in store

Change in store With barely a month left for the formation of a new government, babus in Dilli are preparing for a major revamp which will inevitably follow. Certainly we can expect sweeping changes in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and in key Central ministries, as the new government begins to grapple with kick-starting the [...]

15 April 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Homing officials

Homing officials Housing is a perennial problem in Mumbai, even for government officials. Under the state’s revised rules, those babus who already own homes in Maharashtra under government quota cannot acquire another sarkari home. In Mumbai’s upscale Maitri cooperative housing society, the new rule will disqualify nearly a fourth of the 84 members. While bad [...]

31 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Surprise move

Surprise move Reserve Bank of India (RBI) deputy governor K.C. Chakrabarty surprised many when he resigned nearly three months before the end of his term. It set off round speculation that has not quite died down since he has not spoken about his unexpected decision. Did he fall out with RBI governor Raghuram Rajan or [...]

26 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Stirring the SEBI pot

Stirring the SEBI pot The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has a penchant for courting controversy, and its present chief Ranjit Sinha does not worry about stirring it up if he feels it’s worth it. CBI’s recent decision to launch a preliminary enquiry against former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Bureau of India (SEBI) [...]

10 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The Ultimate Transfer Pradesh

The Ultimate Transfer Pradesh Uttar Pradesh has a distinct and unenvious record under chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, especially in matters relating to the state’s administration. A highly politicised bureaucracy has led to allegations of administrative laxity and routine mass transfer of babus. It is said that no bureaucrat in the state lasts an average of [...]

03 March 2014 ~ 0 Comments

CBI vs CVC, again

The Central Bureau of Investigation and Central Vigilance Commission seem to be taking adversarial positions on senior appointments in the nation’s premier investigative agency. Barely days after the fierce tussle over the appointment of an additional director, in which the CBI prevailed, sources say there is fresh trouble brewing between the two organisations over the [...]

24 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

O Maria!

O Maria! Maharashtra’s home minister R.R. Patil is defending the appointment of Rakesh Maria as Mumbai’s new police commissioner. He has replaced Satyapal Singh who resigned to join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), surprising many, since he still had a year to go before retirement. Mr Maria, a 1981-batch IPS officer headed the state’s Anti [...]

18 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Diplomats wanted

Diplomats wanted If any further evidence was needed that India remains a “soft” power in terms of its global clout, it is this. For years the United Progressive Alliance A government did precious little to beef up India’s diplomatic corps, despite sufficient indicators that the current strength of the Indian Foreign Service (845 officials in [...]

11 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

AAP’s babu fears

AAP’s babu fears The United Progressive Alliance government cannot be expected to make things easy for Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and his AAP sarkar. Perhaps the next flashpoint with could well be about the transfer of key bureaucrats of the Delhi government, some of them hand-picked by Mr Kejriwal. The Union Home Ministry, which [...]

05 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Anti-graft drive

With elections nearing Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has gone into overdrive in his war against corruption in the state bureaucracy. Ever since he came to power in 2005, Mr Kumar’s war on corruption has been a major talking point, winning him the admiration of many. But elections are generally nervous times, and Mr Kumar [...]