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

18 October 2007 ~ 0 Comments

The Gregarious Web

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The Gregarious Web What are senior Indian execs doing hanging around at social networking site, Facebook.com? BTs young one, Pallavi Shrivastava, finds out. Dilip Cherian, founder partner, Perfect Relations, is an anxious man these days. His big worry: he is slowly getting addicted to the social networking site Facebook. Cherian, 51, realised it during his […]

08 October 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Trying times for TRAI

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Trying times for TRAI The babus at the Telephone Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) are undergoing their own version of the midlife crisis, so to speak. In an institutional version of the eternal “What am I doing here?” dilemma, the TRAI babus here are wondering about the purpose of the organisation and such existential matters. […]

24 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Magic spells trouble

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Magic spells trouble Kerala chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan seems to have alienated not just a section of his party men but the state’s babus as well. Certainly, his public castigation of his own chief secretary Lizzie Jacob on the ISRO land issue did not go down well with the lady or the rest of the […]

17 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

A very different Afghanistan

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A very different Afghanistan Unlike what we hear and see about the nation, things are changing in the Islamic republic. But President Karzai knows that the goodwill must spread to the far-flung provinces if he has to win the polls. IN AN Islamic State like Afghanistan, one of the most hopeful signs is the ragtag […]

17 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Rail babus go global

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Rail babus go global Wonders never cease in Lalu-land and Lalu himself is never wanting on offering some new insights into running a ministry successfully. The unprecedented turnaround at the Railway Ministry, of course, is now rather old hat. But Lalu is loath to sit on his laurels before elections arrive. He has several ambitious […]

03 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Plans for PSUs

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Plans for PSUs It’s not just nuclear weapons that the Communists hate. Ever since the Left parties have stymied the UPA government’s attempts to privatize public sector companies, everyone assumed that this particular reform had been buried, at least for the rest of this government’s term. That may well be the case. However, it appears […]

06 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Powerful forces at play in power

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Powerful forces at play in power Panic that India’s power program may have run aground was clearly the most obvious imperative in ensuring that the Rs 20,000 crore Lanco project was quickly and firmly reassigned to the Anil Ambani power company. The babus were obviously the ones pushing the process at a speed that had […]

30 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Bedi lacked experience

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Bedi lacked experience The past few weeks witnessed intense lobbying for the post of Delhi police commissioner held by K.K. Paul. The official word out now is that Special Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal will replace Paul, who moves on to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). In the days leading up to the announcement, several names […]

23 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

An advisor for PC

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An advisor for PC In the heat and dust raised by an uncharacteristically fierce and acrimonious presidential election, few commentators took time out to note a quiet but significant change in Chidambaram’s fiefdom. The Finance Ministry now has a new chief economic advisor. Dr Arvind Virmani is a familiar member of the Manmohan school since […]

16 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Tightrope act in J&K

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Tightrope act in J&K An exercise is currently underway that may have far-reaching consequences on the security situation in Jammu & Kashmir. In March, political pressure exerted by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), a constantly pesky coalition partner of the ruling Congress party in J&K, induced Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to announce a panel of […]