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

25 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Going against the grain

Going against the grain Babus are by training cautious and circumspect, conditioned not to tread on toes, especially of their political masters. But there are always exceptions who believe in expressing their opinions freely even if it does land them in hot water. A senior IAS officer in Kerala B. Ashok has incurred the wrath [...]

18 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Premier assignment

Premier assignment Amitabh Kant, secretary in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), has been appointed full-time CEO of NITI Aayog, the organisation which has replaced the erstwhile Nehruvian Planning Commission. Clearly, the Modi sarkar is unwilling to part ways with the 1980-batch Indian Administrative Service officer who is due to retire next month. [...]

13 January 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Battle rages on

Battle rages on There is no ease-up in the tension between Delhi government and the Centre. New flashpoints appear even as old ones simmer. Already the AAP-led government is embroiled in a confrontation with the Union Home Ministry over the suspension of two Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar Islands Civil Service (DANICS) cadre officers who refused [...]

07 December 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Longer innings

Longer innings Rajinder Khanna, the chief of Research and Analysis Wing is the first head of India’s external intelligence agency who was truly directly recruited into this crucial role. Now if the Union Cabinet ratifies the proposal of the Cabinet Secretariat forwarded last year through the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), he may well [...]

01 December 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Facing fire

Facing fire Babus in Uttar Pradesh are a harried lot and not just because of the frequent transfers, which the Akhikesh Yadav sarkar is quite enthusiastic about. Though he’s just about half-way through his tenure as chief minister, Akhilesh seems to have elections on his mind already. At a social enterprise summit in Lucknow, the [...]

01 December 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Back in the saddle

Back in the saddle After scoring an unprecedented victory at the hustings and the din of electioneering has died out, it’s back to business for Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. Of course it will be a little different this time with coalition partner Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) of foe-turned-friend Laloo Yadav too to cater to. [...]

23 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Dire warning

Dire warning Now you know why it’s so difficult to root out corruption. Few want to take up the challenge. Apparently babus are keener on foreign assignments than taking up the position of vigilance officers in various Central government departments even if assigned. Deciding that this will simply not do, the Department of Personnel and [...]

23 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Public vs private

Public vs private The post of the chairman and managing director of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), India’s largest power generation company, has been vacant for two months even as the government is in the midst of the selection process. Apparently the delay is due to the unprecedented number of applications received for the position [...]

18 November 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Fadnavis’ babu problem

Fadnavis’ babu problem Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis is having a hard time with delays in implementation of orders by his state bureaucracy. Recently he was publically critical about the poor performance of bureaucrats and threatened action against non-performing babus. Apparently an internal survey disclosed that at least 30 per cent of the senior babus [...]

19 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Tweet away, babus!

Tweet away, babus! When you have a Prime Minister who is extremely comfortable on social media, it doesn’t take long for others to take the cue. Several politicians of all persuasions are now Twitter veterans, but even bureaucrats and diplomats, serving as well as retired, seem to have adapted quickly to Twitter, some of them [...]