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

03 March 2008 ~ 0 Comments

The buzz is about SDZ

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The buzz is about SDZ Budgetary implications and signals aside, it is curious how the government’s SEZ policy only seems to lurch from one controversy to the other. Apart from all the political heat it has generated recently, mostly to the detriment of the UPA government, even the commerce and revenue departments – at the […]

26 February 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Maya makes an exception

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Maya makes an exception Can Mayawati tame the corrupt? UP chief minister Mayawati’s much touted campaign against administrative corruption seems to have run aground almost expectedly. Why else would a former state chief secretary Neera Yadav, known for her proximity to Mayawati’s sworn political foe Mulayam Singh Yadav, and who was removed from the post […]

21 February 2008 ~ 1 Comment

Babu exodus

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Babu exodus Truth be told, Maharashtra is facing a virtual exodus of senior babus, who have either put in their papers or are in the process of doing so. At least seven senior babus have been weaned away by the private sector in the last three months alone. They include industry secretary V.K. Jairath, who […]

11 February 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Baalu at sea

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Baalu at sea Besides being obstinate and sometimes badly advised, Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways is also a hard man to please. Or else why would he go overboard in his obsession to get the “right” man for key senior positions in his fiefdom. So it transpires that at a time when […]

04 February 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Babus misuse RTI Act

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Babus misuse RTI Act Nowadays the Central Information Commission (CIC) is busy playing ‘agony aunt’ to a score of babus whining over various promotional and compensation matters. That seems to be the big new bugbear of the CIC. The trend in babudom, insiders share, is that many bureaucrats are now actually using the RTI Act […]

28 January 2008 ~ 0 Comments

MEA ready for reshuffle

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MEA ready for reshuffle Stirring events are afoot at the Ministry of External Affairs and they have nothing to do with the media frenzy over the visit of French President Sarkozy. According to MEA watchers, a reshuffle is in the offing, and involves more than the appointment of a new permanent representative to the UN […]

21 January 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Nitish talks tough

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Nitish talks tough Clearly, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s New Year resolution is to come to grips with the state’s intransigent babudom. To achieve this end he has, reportedly, come up with an ambitious plan called ‘Task 2008’. In other words, Nitish has announced 2008 as “the year of implementation and consolidation”, with a mandate […]

17 January 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Sobering tales

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Sobering tales New Year revelry “under the influence” in Mumbai and Dilli in recent years has become an increasingly dangerous pursuit, as discovered by two women in the busy streets of Juhu on New Year’s Day who were molested by a mob. The fact that this is a repeat of a similar outrage a year […]

17 January 2008 ~ 0 Comments

The next Money-Penny

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The next Money-Penny Though Governor Y.V. Reddy’s five-year tenure ends only in September 2008, the race for the top post at the Reserve Bank of India of India (RBI) is well underway. According to those in the know, the selection panel has already short-listed five candidates, including Finance Secretary D. Subba Rao, the current deputy […]

10 January 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Concern about a sense of community and the capacity to cope

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Concern about a sense of community and the capacity to cope My central thesis is that goading by government to achieve something that is both voluntary and really good is something we cannot rely on, as a robust mechanism. Ultimately it must be the propulsion of innate impulses of either generosity or guilt that drives […]