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

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 [...]

22 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The Big One

The Big One The extended tenure of Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth is ending and Modi sarkar is scouting for his replacement, reportedly to take over from Seth in mid-October. Seth, it may be recalled, was slated to retire in June but was, surprisingly to some observers, given a six month extension by Prime Minister Narendra [...]

15 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

The party is over

The party is over Since 2002, several bureaucrats in Punjab, from high-ranking officers to clerks, have used a “study leave” policy of the state government to go abroad and make money there. Some of them even have resident status in countries like Canada, and have developed business interests there in the guise of “study leave”, [...]

08 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Calling the shots

Calling the shots Prime Ministers are the final authority in all high-level appointments of joint secretaries and above. But then we’ve probably not ever seen a micro-managing PM like Narendra Modi. Earlier, the issue of postings, transfers and appointments was handled in a routine manner and the Prime Minister usually simply signed off on the [...]