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26 March 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Change of Guard

The change of guard in Uttar Pradesh, predictably, means large scale transfers of babus. UP’s bureaucracy, after all, is divided along political lines. So within hours of Akhilesh Yadav taking over as the new chief minister, officers who held key positions in the BSP government were moved out and Samajwadi Party “loyalists” brought in. The […]

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19 March 2012 ~ 0 Comments

A Grand Design

The India Design Forum held in Delhi recently epitomizes the new India. By combining the refinement of design, expanding the very horizon of its application and appreciation, the Forum puts into place, one more essential brick in the gradual transformation of India into the Next Generation service economy. It was the first attempt to enthuse […]

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12 March 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Tied to the Job

Rajasthan’s high-flying babus have become more earth-bound after the state government’s efforts to control and regulate expenditure. Apparently, the government wants to check the growing tendency of senior babus to leave on foreign trips without obtaining prior sanction. But now a circular issued by additional chief secretary C.K. Mathew of the department of finance lays […]

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13 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Ready to desert?

Are bureaucrats in Uttar Pradesh sensing a regime change after the assembly elections? The buzz in Lucknow’s babudom is not just about vote shares, seats and party performances. Observers there have noted that several high-profile bureaucrats, including chief secretary Anoop Mishra, additional Cabinet secretary Ravindra Singh and principal secretary to chief minister Mayawati, R.P. Singh, […]

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06 February 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Food for thought

There are no free lunches, literally, in Union Minister for rural development Jairam Ramesh’s domain. The minister who strives to strike a different note has launched a vigorous austerity drive in his ministry and its associated departments. In the minister’s crosshair now is the Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART), which […]

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30 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Missing signature

Missing signature If you ever wondered why the ‘war against corruption’ more often than not hits a brick wall, it might be worthwhile to consider this episode. More than three years ago, the Central Board for Direct taxes (CBDT) initiated departmental action against 30 revenue officials, but the issue has not progressed for want of […]

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23 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

All bark, no bite?

All bark, no bite? The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) succeeds where the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) failed! The CBI recently arrested central excise commissioner Anup Kumar Srivastava for his alleged role in a tax evasion case. This followed a raid by CBI on Mr Srivastava’s premises earlier this month. But the curious thing about […]

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16 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

A rare joy

A rare joy Whistleblowers among the tribesmen (yes, that rare breed still exists) rarely find their careers sailing smoothly, even in these enlightened days where the cry for accountability and transparency is shaking babu bastions. Ask Sanjiv Chaturvedi, a lowly Indian Forest Officer in Haryana, who clearly rubbed the powers that be the wrong way […]

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09 January 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Babus versus Maya

Hectic political activity seems to have eclipsed everything else in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. But the usual business of babudom continues amid the election din. Chief Minister Mayawati’s relationship with her babus has been prickly at best, especially with those who have refused to kowtow to her wishes. In September the state’s senior-most IAS officer Promilla […]

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30 December 2011 ~ 0 Comments

India-Japan Global Summit- 2011

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