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

28 September 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Revamp of railway services sure to trigger a turf war

The Narendra Modi government is pushing ahead with restructuring the Indian Railways board and services. The Cabinet recently green-lit the revamping of the powerful Railway Board that governs the railways. The board will now have five members instead of five. The present Chairman of the Board V.K. Yadav will be the first CEO of the […]

18 September 2020 ~ 0 Comments

7 former DGPs jump in to defend Mumbai Police

What made seven former DGPs and a police commissioner approach the Bombay High Court in the Sushant Singh Rajput case? The media’s obsession with the Sushant Singh Rajput death case has overridden the raging corona pandemic, our stalled economy and the Chinese threat on the border. After the CBI, Enforcement Directorate and sundry agencies have […]

09 September 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Civil servants under watch for corruption

Transparency and weeding out corruption is a big theme with the Modi sarkar, and it has doggedly pursued this goal despite pushback from the babus. Last year, the government endorsed lists of dozens of officers of the IRS and IT services accused of corruption, sexual harassment and other charges. The campaign continues. Now, as part […]

03 September 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Rajiv Kumar in sight of CEC chair in 2024

Former Finance Secretary Rajiv Kumar has been named the new Election Commissioner. He replaces Ashok Lavasa, who is leaving to join the Asian Development Bank as vice-president. While Sunil Arora is the Chief Election Commissioner, the other Election Commissioner is Sushil Chandra. The importance of this announcement lies in the fact that Rajiv Kumar will […]

02 September 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Audit service is unhappy over G.C. Murmu as CAG

The appointment of former Lt Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, G.C. Murmu as India’s Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has not been welcomed by the Indian Audit & Accounts Service (IA&AS) officers. It is being seen as yet another instance of the dominance of the IAS cadre over other all-India services. Not that it’s been […]

26 August 2020 ~ 0 Comments

India strengthens team at UN ahead of Security Council stint

India will take over as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC) in January 2021. The government has begun preparations by deciding to upgrade India’s diplomatic presence at the UN. The Indian delegation is being strengthened with the appointment of an additional deputy permanent representative and a counsellor to solely handle Security Council […]

18 August 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Cops slug it out to the beat of the poll drum

This looks like a nightmarish end to federalism as we know it. Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s tragic death has turned into deplorable political one-upmanship. The unprecedented face-off between Bihar Police and Mumbai Police on the investigation of the suicide, has far reaching consequences. Many experts are of the view that sending a team of […]

03 August 2020 ~ 0 Comments

With babus as pawns, stage set for Nagaland vs Centre fight

The Nagaland government landed itself in a soup when it posted non-IAS officers as district magistrates or deputy commissioners in six of its 11 districts, in contravention of the All India Service Rules. The Centre has come down on the state government like a ton of bricks for “misgovernance”. According to sources, the Department of […]

26 July 2020 ~ 0 Comments

IAS officer from Bihar first to get domicile rights to J&K

The Jammu & Kashmir administration has started issuing domicile certificates, 10 months after the Indian government abrogated Article 370. The new rules allow non-locals to get domicile certificates. Navin Kumar Choudhary, a senior IAS officer from Bihar, has become the first bureaucrat to get domicile rights in the union territory. A 1994-batch J&K cadre officer, […]

18 July 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Railways relooks at its spending

Its earnings seriously dented by the Covid-19 pandemic, the railways has announced a series of austerity measures. These range from a freeze on creation of new posts, rationalization of manpower at workshops, shifting outsources work to CSR and moving ceremonial events to digital platforms to cutting down on the use of stationary by half. According […]