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 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Feeling the pinch

Feeling the pinch Orissa’s new chief secretary and new director general of police both have taken office at a rather trying time for the Naveen Patnaik government. Though Mr Patnaik has no worries on the political front, having comfortably won his fourth term as chief minister, observers note that his government is facing numerous challenges. [...]

04 August 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Departure dilemma

Departure dilemma Quite a few babus on Central deputation develop roots in Delhi and are reluctant to return to their parent cadre. It is clearly time for Amit Khare, joint secretary in the Human Resource Development Ministry to leave the Capital as his tenure at the ministry is ending. Or will he? Sources say that [...]

28 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shield for all?

Shield for all? When it comes to protecting babus from “harassment”, the Bhartiya Janata Party government seems to be aligned with the views to its predecessor. In May, in what was considered a progressive step towards fighting corruption in government, the Supreme Court had set aside a law that mandated investigating agencies such as the [...]

21 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

A shuffled deck

A shuffled deck Just ahead of his departure for Brazil to attend the BRICS summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi carried out his government’s first real reshuffle of his top bureaucracy. The Appointment Committee of Cabinet (ACC) headed by the Prime Minister, with Home Minister Rajnath Singh as member, cleared 10 files including transfers, additional charges [...]

15 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Punctuality drive

Punctuality drive The Parkash Singh Badal government in Punjab has been quick to adopt the new work culture that is taking shape at the Centre. At least that’s how observers in Punjab view the state government’s sudden insistence on punctuality and discipline from ministers and bureaucrats. And apparently the change is flowing from the top. [...]

07 July 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Purging the past

Purging the past Modi sarkar is cracking down on bureaucrats appointed by its predecessor UPA government. The Union Home Ministry and the Department of Personnel and training (DoPT) are working in tandem on the clean-up exercise. Almost the entire top leadership of the National Disaster Management Authority has been given the pink slip, an indicator of [...]

30 June 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Heady assignment

Heady assignment From being out in the cold to the hot seat of power Sarvesh Kaushal’s appointment as chief secretary highlights the dilemma of the Parkash Singh Badal government in Punjab, which has been buffeted by accusations of “non-performance”. It is hoped that appointing Mr  Kaushal to replace Rakesh Singh, who has proceeded on leave, [...]

16 June 2014 ~ 0 Comments

‘Prime’ Regulator?

‘Prime’ Regulator? The Bharatiya Janata Party government continues to spring surprises on Dilli’s veteran babu-watchers. Narendra Modi has brought in yet another of his close associates in the Prime Minister’s Office. In the process he has also created a first-ever post of Additional Principal Secretary. A former 1972-batch, Gujarat cadre Indian Administrative Service officer P.K. [...]

09 June 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Seth stays on

Seth stays on Those who expected Narendra Modi to name a new Cabinet Secretary were clearly not ready for this entirely. Ajit Seth, who was retiring this month, has been given a six-month extension, though the local cognoscenti had expected only three. His term will now end on December 13, 2014. Babu-watchers were busy trying [...]

28 May 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Winning & losing

Winning & losing Election 2014 will of course be remembered for Narendra Modi and the BJP’s stupendous victory. But it will also be known as the election which saw perhaps the greatest number of former bureaucrats who entered the poll fray with varying degrees of success. For many ambitious IAS babus, who have spent their [...]