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

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 [...]

19 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Turfed out

Turfed out The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), for long used to minding its own turf, is slowly beginning to look beyond its immediate ken. Now, in a decision taken at the highest level, the Modi sarkar has appointed a diplomat in the Defence Ministry to oversee defence cooperation with foreign nations by naming 1995-batch [...]

12 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

A long wait

A long wait There are reportedly more than 30 IAS officers of the Gujarat cadre currently serving on Central deputation, most of them having moved to Delhi after Narendra Modi became prime minister. There are many more waiting in the wings for a posting to Delhi. But for three senior officers and Modi confidants, the [...]

12 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

A little light

A little light The abrupt removal of L.C. Goyal as Union Home Secretary had set tongues wagging in babu corridors of Delhi. It was put out that the babu had run-ins with his political master Rajnath Singh over several policy issues and so was removed and sent packing to the nondescript India Trade Promotion Organisation [...]

07 October 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Exodus continues

Exodus continues The manthan is continuing. Since the Modi sarkar came to power last year, at least 60 IAS and IPS officers serving on Central deputation have either opted to return to their respective state cadres or have been sent back. In the latest round of repatriations, three officers, including Shatrughna Singh, additional secretary in [...]

21 September 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Calling the shots

Calling the shots The controversial “promotion” of former Mumbai police commissioner Rakesh Maria is not the first such reshuffle conducted by Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who has now built up a reputation for cutting high-profile babus to size. This was not expected when he became chief minister last year. However, over the months the [...]

14 September 2015 ~ 0 Comments

O! Maria

O! Maria Rakesh Maria has been promoted or “kicked upstairs” but the cop doesn’t seem happy about it. He’s been made to swap jobs with Director General of Home Guard Ahmad Javed in the midst of leading the Sheena Bora murder investigation. So understandably there is lot of interest in the reasons behind Maharashtra government’s [...]