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

20 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

In denial

In denial It’s Delhi’s worst-kept secret that the Prime Minister’s Office is the only powerhouse in Modi sarkar. But clearly the PMO does not want to hear it. There are many signs that all government work is increasingly being controlled by the PMO. At last count, the wicked babus grumble, that more than 6,000 files [...]

13 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

A babu crisis

A babu crisis Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed is continuing with administrative changes to revamp the state bureaucracy. Recently the BJP-PDP coalition government effected a major reshuffle in the administration and police. The reshuffling of departments was expected, since any new government will try to ease out senior bureaucrats who served the [...]

07 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Perks and pestering

Perks and pestering “IAS envy” is a well-known syndrome in babudom, with non-IAS services perpetually complaining about discrimination against them by the all-powerful IAS lobby, who corner plum postings and exert influence beyond their domain. Obviously IAS officers do not agree with this perception. In fact, they seem to have “issues” of their own. Eyebrows [...]

23 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Under pressure

Under pressure Even as Bengaluru is roiled by the public protests over the suspicious death of IAS officer D.K. Ravi, who had taken on the land mafia in Karnataka, the Centre has sought a report from Bihar on the suspension of Kuldip Narayan, a 2005 batch IAS officer, allegedly at the behest of builders and [...]

16 March 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Succession dilemma

Succession dilemma The unending woes of Air India, say many, are the perfect example of why the airline should be privatized. Even as that debate continues, the government is having a hard time trying to find a suitable candidate to succeed Rohit Nandan as the CMD of the state-run airline. Mr Nandan, a 1982 batch [...]

24 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Looking east

Looking east China obviously looms large on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s foreign policy agenda. Modi hosted Chinese president Xi Jinping in September last year and is now preparing for his visit to the country in May. Meanwhile his in-house specialist National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has been busy shuttling between Dilli and Beijing holding talks [...]

02 February 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Attendance blues

Attendance blues The biometric attendance system installed in all Central ministries and departments amid much hype is apparently in shambles. Sources say that at least 50 machines are damaged after functioning for barely nine months. Consequently, Modi sarkar, which relies heavily on data is unable to discern the entry and exit time of the babus. [...]

27 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Sudden exit

Sudden exit Modi sarkar has a rather dramatic way of ousting senior bureaucrats it thinks are no longer required. Nearly two months ago, the Special Protection Group chief Durga Prasad was unceremoniously sacked while travelling in Nepal with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. And last week Avinash Chander, the head of the Defence Research and Development [...]

23 January 2015 ~ 0 Comments

A different wapsi

A different wapsi This is a different kind of wapsi and a non-controversial one. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed all secretary-level officials at the Centre to leave their cloistered offices and return to the grassroots where they began their careers. A communication to this effect was issued recently by Department of Personnel and Training [...]

22 December 2014 ~ 0 Comments

PMO moves

PMO moves The sudden and controversial transfer last month of former SPG director Durga Prasad has led to several changes in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). It appears that the government has decided, for the time being, not to fill the post vacated by Prasad. Instead Gujarat cadre IPS officer Vivek Srivastava will be inspector [...]