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

24 May 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Gunning for Rajan

Gunning for Rajan Though strictly not a babu or even from Dilli there is no doubt that Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan is unspokenly India’s biggest “finance babu” for now. He is one of very few officials to have been appointed by the Manmohan Singh government to survive well into the Modi sarkar. [...]

09 May 2016 ~ 0 Comments

The PM’s men in Delhi

The PM’s men in Delhi Suddenly there are rumours that K Kailashnathan, chief principal secretary to Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel, could possibly now surface in Delhi. Those in the know say that he may be reluctant to move out of his home turf. He is one of the few babus of the state who [...]

03 May 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Rajan’s sound advice

Rajan’s sound advice When Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan speaks, the government listens. Even with news trickling in that Rajan may now be staring at the exit door, he’s listened to though he has stirred controversy with his remarks, which are at variance with the views of the Finance Ministry. It’s well known [...]

11 April 2016 ~ 0 Comments

The cost of going

The cost of going The government’s crackdown on AWOL babus continues. The latest to join the club of babus “deemed to have resigned” is Renuka Chidambaram, a Karnataka cadre IAS officer who had been absent without official leave for almost three years! While previous governments at the Centre had either ignored or move slowly to [...]

11 April 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Non-cooperation in Vyapam probe

Non-cooperation in Vyapam probe Here’s another scam probe that seems to be going nowhere. The formidable Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigating the Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh is unable to make much headway in its inquiries, with its requests for related documents and files being stonewalled by senior bureaucrats. Sources say that the CBI [...]

04 April 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Welcome relief

Welcome relief Though whistleblower Indian Forest Service (IFoS) officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi’s has finally got the nod from the Uttarakhand government to join the Delhi government, his brush with the authorities continues. The much transferred and harassed babu, who exposed an alleged forestry scam in Haryana, has been fighting harassment from the government. Now in a [...]

29 March 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Blazing a new trail

Blazing a new trail Barely a month into his new job, Delhi police commissioner Alok Kumar Verma is trying to put the Bassi era behind him. His predecessor B.S. Bassi had a turbulent time during his tenure, with regular run-ins with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal over jurisdiction issues. His detractors accused him of being [...]

21 March 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Abrupt transfer

Abrupt transfer Babu circles in Chandigarh are abuzz with talk about the sudden transfer of UT Advisor Vijay Kumar Dev, without letting him complete his three-year tenure. The babu’s transfer has upset not just bureaucrats but also the Opposition parties, including the Congress and Bahujan Samaj Party, who blame the Modi sarkar for “politicising the [...]

14 March 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Transfer politics

Transfer politics It’s no secret that much of the tussle between the Centre and the Delhi government is being played out through the bureaucracy. Now in a major reshuffle involving at least two dozen senior IAS officers, the Centre has once again opened another front with the Arvind Kejriwal sarkar. Among the officials transferred are [...]

14 March 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Election fears

Election fears West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee managed to stay ahead of the recent announcement of assembly elections dates by the Election Commission, and carried out several reshuffles of babus in her administration to ensure that the “right” babus were stationed at the right places and to weed out those whose “loyalty” is suspect. [...]