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

16 July 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Making Delhi CP the additional charge; Centre’s new trick to control police

 It is often considered that the most important babu in Delhi is not the chief secretary but the police commissioner. High profile incumbents of this chair have graced Parliament and become governors in states. Getting to be commissioner of police is very often a long process. Most of it, DKB knows, is conducted in stealth […]

08 July 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Groups of babus play smoke and mirrors ahead of 2022 polls in UP

Sensing the current popular mood against the UP government due to the Covid crisis, the party and the Modi sarkar are keen to ensure the party’s success in the upcoming assembly elections. A lot of that worry has to do with the perceptions about Yogi running the government with handpicked but clearly inadequate babu support. […]

02 July 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Will Centre have to re-hire MTNL & BSNL staffers it laid off earlier?

No one’s willing to bell this cat! The dramatis personae are still largely the same, but a stealthy U-turn was in the works, say those in the know, at Sanchar Bhavan. The question that isn’t being asked yet is whether the government acted in haste when in 2019 it chose to give VRS to thousands […]

16 June 2021 ~ 0 Comments

EC & UP: All 3 commissioners from state; Arora yet to find a role

Senior about-to-retire babus of two BJP-ruled states are a miffed lot withthe appointment of former Uttar Pradesh chief secretary Anup Chandra Pandey as the new Election Commissioner of India having been done and dusted in a surprise move. But it was clearly in the works in Delhi, long before the skirmishes between UP Chief Minister […]

10 June 2021 ~ 0 Comments

As Centre-state crossfire builds up, morale sinks

The instances of bureaucrats getting caught in the middle of political battles is a growing and dynamic list. Those in the know say that after the Centre recently amended the empanelment policy for IAS officers, young officers fear that their careers will be jeopardized if there is no political consensus between the Centre and the […]

04 June 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Too much PMO! Ex-babus chide Modi on vaccine policy, state ties

In the context of the second Covid surge, a group of 116 former civil servants has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing the government of not addressing the crucial issues at stake. What makes this “open letter” significant is that the signatories include former Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar, former foreign secretary and National Security […]

27 May 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Did PM pep talk with DMs, others breach protocol?

Protocol, anyone? Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pep talk to district magistrates on the Covid-19 issue in an online meeting has got some raising the issue of whether it was right for Modi to interact directly with district magistrates and other officials while bypassing their respective ministers. Moreover, the event was telecast live just a few […]

20 May 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Grassroots gap: Docs intensify call for all-India medical service

The devastating Covid crisis has renewed demand for the creation of an Indian Medical Service along the lines of the all-India services such as IAS and IPS etc., at the earliest.  The second wave of the epidemic has caught India’s creaking health infrastructure on the wrong foot again. It has blown the lid off the […]

12 May 2021 ~ 0 Comments

As deaths rise, Covid deals a body blow to the steel frame

Is India’s fabled ‘steel frame’ only creaking or is it screaming? The coronavirus pandemic surge has devastated big cities including the capital and brought the healthcare system to its knees. India has now been recording the highest number of new coronavirus cases in the world and the death toll is mounting. The second wave of […]

06 May 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Tripura DM who cracked whip at a wedding faces storm of protest

While the administration has been widely rebuked for complacency in the face of the coronavirus epidemic, a district magistrate in Tripura is in trouble for being overly enthusiastic in enforcing night curfew rules during a marriage in the state capital Agartala. A video that recorded the incident went viral on social media and political parties […]