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

07 October 2019 ~ 0 Comments

IPS-CAPF tussle on MHA advisor’s exit

It’s not the heaven-born alone who feel their turf is being trodden upon in the Modi sarkar. The IPS officers too are losing their ‘superior’ sheen. The recent unexplained removal of advisor to the Ministry of Home Affairs, R.K. Mishra within days of receiving an extension, seems to be part of this situation. The ministry’s […]

01 October 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Mysterious reshuffle

The sudden replacement of Coal Secretary Sumanta Chaudhari with A.K. Jain has set tongues wagging in the power corridors. The unexplained mystery is that the appointment order of Jain as Mr Chaudhari’s successor is silent on Mr Chaudhari’s future. He has neither been repatriated to his home West Bengal cadre nor appointed to another ministry […]

24 September 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Rebels’ with a cause quit IAS

The Modi sarkar is not amused. The highly-publicized resignations by three IAS officers, all within a month, have created well-hidden consternation in government circles. Kannan Gopinathan, an AGMUT cadre officer and Sasikanth Senthil, a Karnataka cadre officer resigned from service alleging the shrinking space for dissent in the country. In both instances, the officers’ decision […]

16 September 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Clean-up time

The Modi sarkar’s crackdown on corruption is ongoing. Recently, Parliament was informed that the government has dismissed two IAS officers and suspended nine IPS officers on charges of corruption in the past five years. This is apart from the sanction given by the Centre to prosecute 23 IAS officers and four IPS officers under the […]

10 September 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Article 370 nixes MEA meet

The removal of Article 370 by the Modi sarkar is being felt intensely by the Ministry of External Affairs. With Indian diplomats busy dealing with the aftermath, the ministry has reportedly cancelled its annual conference of heads of missions slated to be held next week in Gujarat. The decision to call off the meeting was […]

02 September 2019 ~ 0 Comments

DD tries to stay relevant

For many years now, especially since the advent of digital media, Doordarshan, the state broadcaster, has been trading on nostalgia. Its efforts to stay relevant have been hampered by successive governments that have shown reluctance to unleash the broadcaster from their clutches. Now there seems to be yet another move to keep the old broadcaster […]

26 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

At President’s ‘At Home’, babus feel left out

The new Saffrons of Lutyens were a little perplexed at the relatively low turnout at the President’s ‘At Home’ last week. Usually a crowded affair with people in the thousands, this time’s ‘At Home’ was noticeably smaller. It’s by design, said some who believe that the riffraff (read rather irrelevant Lutyen-ites?) and many hangers-on of […]

19 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

No more pay panels?

The Modi sarkar, it appears, is debating not to form any pay commission for increasing salaries and allowances of Central government employees in future. Apparently, this proposal has been placed before Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to take a policy decision in this regard. Those in the know say that the proposal is based on the […]

12 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Modi’s fresh approach to bureaucracy in 2nd term

In his second term, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is aware of the high expectations from his government. Passing the buck to the UPA era (or even further back to Nehru) will not cut ice. He will eventually need to show performance and efficiency. Known to rely heavily on the bureaucracy, Mr Modi is likely to […]

06 August 2019 ~ 0 Comments

TN babus divided over circular

The recent circular issued by Tamil Nadu chief secretary K Shanmugam to make babus more responsive has met with a decidedly mixed response. It was certainly not the response he would have expected from the district magistrates and collectors in the state. Sources say that Mr Shanmugam has spelt out a 10-point plan to improve […]