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

09 September 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Hit by glitches in new tax portal, new CBDT chief hits the deck running

The 1985-batch IRS officer Jagannath Jagannath Mohapatra has little time to settle into his seat after finally being confirmed as chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), three months after the extended tenure of his predecessor P.C. Mody ended. The biggest challenge for Mohapatra is to resolve the issues with the new income […]

05 September 2021 ~ 0 Comments

All of Gujarat is abuzz over future role of ex-CS Mukim

Gujarat has got a new Chief Secretary in 1986-batch IAS officer Pankaj Kumar, but within babu circles, there is more curiosity about Kumar’s predecessor Anil Gopishankar Mukim, who completed his extended tenure. It’s not game over yet for Mukim. The word is that Mukim is nowhere near hanging up his boots. Chief Minister Vijay Rupani […]

26 August 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Babus’ ‘equality’? Mid-career course at Mussoorie will lose IAS-only tag

The new Director of the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration in Mussoorie, Katikithala Srinivas has a new and rather important task. In a first, non-IAS officers will receive mid-career training along with IAS officers in October this year, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Mission Karmayogi” plan. Inspired by the changes brought in babudom […]

19 August 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Did India’s babus miss the bus, fail to read signals right on Taliban?

Did India miss a bus in Afghanistan? With the Taliban takeover of the country complete, the ominous silence from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), except for the routine statement on protecting Indian interests and giving temporary visas to Afghan refugees, was however broken by global outcries. While western powers were expected to do this, […]

19 August 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Iqbal Chahal, ‘superbabu’ of Mumbai, & his amazing story

This week we feature another distinguished IAS officer (who was recognized by SpeakIn), Asia’s largest network of experts and thought leaders, for creating impact and inspiration beyond the call of duty. COVID was a testing time and true mettle shone through yet again. Iqbal Singh Chahal, a 1989 batch officer of the Maharashtra cadre, established […]

17 August 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Telangana DM thinks out of box, creates jobs for women, migrants

During the Covid pandemic, babus have been important players playing a critical role in framing and implementing the government’s response. Some babus however have managed to stand out from among the crowd. SpeakIn, Asia’s largest network of experts and thought leaders, recently recognized 10 distinguished IAS officers who have created impact and inspiration beyond the […]

29 July 2021 ~ 0 Comments

With Scindia at helm, Air India’s divestment back in focus

The privatization of the national carrier Air India is being watched keenly both within the government and outside. Civil Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola is attempting to speed up the disvestment process which has got delayed by the government’s own red tape and now the Covid pandemic. And with newly inducted minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on […]

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 […]