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 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

“Missing” in action

“Missing” in action The government seems to have some babus on its rolls even when they have gone “missing”, in some cases for several years. According to sources, at least a dozen Indian Administrative Service officers across the country have vanished without leaving a trace, and yet no action has been taken due to appalling [...]

23 June 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Babu versus babu

Babu versus babu The ongoing spat between Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lt Governor Najeeb Jung has left the bureaucracy divided and turning on each other. Now a senior babu has complained to Delhi government’s Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) against Mr Kejriwal’s secretary Rajender Kumar, accusing him of corruption. Ashish Joshi, who had a public [...]

19 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Loyalty pays

Loyalty pays Prime Minister Narendra Modi may be comfortably ensconced at Race Course Road, but he has not taken his eyes off his home state Gujarat, where his writ clearly still runs. Though he brought a clutch of bureaucrats along with him when he moved to the Centre, there are still some ‘loyalist’ babus who [...]

13 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Loyalty pass

Loyalty pass It’s now well known that it helps to watch carefully that one stays firmly in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s good books. Some ministers and their aides learnt this the hard way, when a few weeks ago, some lowly ministerial staffers attended the birthday bash of BJP leader and Mr Modi’s bête noire Sanjay [...]

13 May 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Cautionary tales

Cautionary tales Beware of (ex) babus who, no longer restrained by service rules, pick up the pen and unburden their minds. Last month saw the release of a memoir by Promilla Shankar, former 1976-batch UP cadre IAS officer, who made national headlines before her retirement in 2012 when the then Mayawati government suspended her for [...]

27 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Road to ignominy

Road to ignominy It’s not just Mumbai celebs who are privileged to get a privilege motion moved against them. A lowly babu, Bihar cadre IAS officer Sudhir Kumar, who is a member of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), appears to have rubbed parliamentarians the wrong way and also faces a privilege motion in [...]

27 April 2015 ~ 0 Comments

No chai pe charcha

No chai pe charcha More than any other regime in the past, Modi sarkar has successfully kept the media at a distance. The Prime Minister’s disdain for mainstream media now seems to have percolated down the bureaucratic hierarchy. In the Press Information Bureau (PIB), senior officials tasked with interacting with the capital’s mediapersons have had [...]

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 [...]