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 February 2021 ~ 0 Comments

‘Takeover’ of Gymkhana Club strikes fear in Lutyens’ Delhi

The capital’s Gymkhana Club, the 107-year-old watering hole favoured by the high and mighty of Lutyens’ Delhi, is back in the news with its seemingly endless saga of mismanagement and irregularities. The present crisis has emerged after the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) dissolved the club’s governing council and appointed M.M. Juneja, director-general of […]

03 February 2021 ~ 0 Comments

As PM reshuffles his pack of babus, plum jobs for two ‘sidelined’ officers

In a major reshuffle, the Centre has transferred and posted 18 secretaries to different ministries and departments while several have been promoted. As is often the case, there is a story behind many of the babus involved in the reshuffle. The Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT) has finally got a new secretary in Deepak […]

25 January 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Free to air views, ex-babus square up in ‘letters war’ on ‘love jihad’ law

Perhaps service rules stopped them from airing their views but after retirement bureaucrats are not bound anymore and can voice their thoughts freely. This has led to the formation of pro-and anti-government groups among retired babus who jump into the fray at the behest of their conscience (or political leaning). In the most recent instance, […]

14 January 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Karnataka home secy shunted out for calling out ‘Safe City’ scam

IPS officer D Roopa, who was the first woman home secretary of Karnataka has been transferred as the managing director of Karnataka State Handicrafts Development Corporation amid her public spat with another IPS officer Hemant Nimbalkar, who too also transferred. Nimbalkar was the additional commissioner (administration) in Bengaluru before being transferred to the internal security […]

07 January 2021 ~ 0 Comments

India’s toppers no longer find civil services a dream career?

Is the civil service no longer a dream career for aspiring youngsters in India? The recent survey of national school board toppers over 20 years suggests that it may be so. Of the 86 men and women who topped in their school board exams between 1995 and 2015, more than half live abroad, most are […]

31 December 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Govt’s lateral entry move fails as babus defend turf

Earlier this year, Arvind Panagariya, former vice-chief of the government NITI Aayog, wrote in his book “India Unlimited – Reclaiming the Lost Glory” that Indian babus suffered from the socialist hangover, which has slowed down the pace of reforms the Modi sarkar wishes to introduce (Dilli Ka Babu, April 16. 2020). To buttress his view, […]

23 December 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Centre spars with Mamata in bid to turn Bengal babus into stool pigeons

The battle for the West Bengal assembly elections looms ahead but skirmishes have already started. After the attack on BJP president J.P. Nadda’s convoy in the state, the Centre retaliated against the TMC government by recalling 3 IPS officers from the state on Central deputation.  Further, to perhaps underline the “message”, the Ministry of Home […]

17 December 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Gymkhana divided on suspension of ex-babu

Due to various complex rules around admission, the Delhi Gymkhana Club has maintained its exclusive “aura” for 107 years. Its governing body is comprised of various retired government and defence officials as well as other private citizens. Its elections are a hotly contested affair, often leading to accusations of “illegal” and “unlawful” means between the […]

10 December 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Babus angered by Haryana’s IAS cadre post appointments

As noted in an earlier column, there is a degree of discontent among Haryana babus over what many consider is a consistent attempt by the Manohar Khattar government in the state to allow the “usurping” of IAS cadre posts by other services. The Haryana government has appointed a number of IPS, IFS and IRS officers […]

03 December 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Caste fraud stench in Chhattisgarh secretariat

A “high-level” Certification Investigation Committee set up by the Chhattisgarh government has detected 267 cases of government employees with fake caste certificates.  Sources say that Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has given instructions to the state Chief secretary R. P. Mandal to dismiss all such employees from service, except those who got a stay order from […]