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

31 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Nervous times

Nervous times Is the trickle likely to turn into a flood? There is a growing frisson of concern among the “heaven born” that they could be slipping in the pecking order and may lose their “elite” sheen in babudom. For decades the IAS officers have ensured that they hog as many prestigious positions they can, [...]

31 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Dilli darshan first

Dilli darshan first It’s a big change. In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the Centre has directed that IAS starters will begin their career in Delhi instead of their allotted state cadres. Consequently, 158 IAS officers of the 2013 batch will begin their first posting on deputation as assistant secretaries in the Central Secretariat for a period [...]

24 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Relief at last

Relief at last Three years after requesting a cadre change whistleblower Indian Forest Service (IFoS) officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi has finally got his wish granted. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has cleared his transfer to Uttarakhand cadre from Haryana. Could it be that the BJP government had a change of heart after Mr Chaturvedi was [...]

18 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Still searching

Still searching Despite its much flaunted dynamic image, some vestiges of UPA-like sloth are still visible in the Modi government. More than a year-and-a-half after 1987 batch Indian Railway Traffic Service officer D.P.S. Sandhu ended his tenure as advisor to the executive director of the World Bank the government is still looking for his replacement. [...]

10 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Stealth attack on RBI?

Stealth attack on RBI? Did the Finance Ministry try to get the drop on RBI governor Raghuram Rajan? Dr Rajan of course denies there is an attempt by the Finance Ministry to curtail his powers or that he even wants a veto, but murmurs have only grown louder. In the past few months, there have [...]

03 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Plugging leaks

Plugging leaks Call it a gag order, but the Union Home Ministry prefers to term the newly issued guidelines as “streamlining” the process of releasing information to the media. While the media is obviously fuming, sources say that even babus at the Ministry are unhappy with the new directive from Home Minister Rajnath Singh. So [...]

03 August 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Paying the price

Paying the price In a recent transfer of 18 Indian Administrative Service officers in Karnataka, one babu’s name stuck out, Principal Secretary for Information Technology and Biotechnology, the redoubtable Srivatsa Krishna. Sources say he fell afoul of his minister S.R. Patil. Mr Krishna has now been named secretary to the Department of Personnel and Administrative [...]

27 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Like it or not!

Like it or not! Perhaps it’s only appropriate in this age of social media that tussles for bureaucratic positions should be carried over to Facebook and Twitter. Clearly the time when babus were wary about using social media is past. In Uttarakhand the chief secretary’s position is at the centre of an intense battle on [...]

27 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments

AAP ne bulaya…

AAP ne bulaya… While not always tilting at windmills, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal continues his confrontation with the Centre, which he has accused of creating hurdles for his government and ruling the capital through “proxy”. While the battle with Lt Governor Najeeb Jung has sort of subsided for the moment to a low simmer, [...]

13 July 2015 ~ 0 Comments


The favoured one Old ties help. Gautam Sanyal, the Central Secretariat Service (CSS) officer, who has just been elevated to principal secretary to West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, has the old connection to thank for his promotion. The move has not surprised the Indian Administrative Service fraternity since Mr Sanyal enjoys enormous clout in [...]