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

05 June 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Gift of the Gab Happy? Go express it


Gift of the Gab Happy? Go express it Spread a little joy, and rake in the attention. If you’re happy and you know it then you really got to show it says Dilip Cherian The articulation of happiness is fraught with as much complexity as its accumulation. The few who do find it largely forget […]

04 June 2007 ~ 0 Comments

CSIR: headless and adrift


CSIR: headless and adrift There can be no better example of how bureaucratic apathy and governmental neglect can run down one of the best organizations in the country than the sad tale of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). Once ranked among the foremost scientific research institutes in Asia, with such redoubtable names […]

28 May 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Babus pay no heed to ministers


Babus pay no heed to ministers It’s the season of sequels in moviedom, and so it would seem in Bihar’s babudom. In an earlier column (Nitish’s babu trouble, DKB, April 1) I had noted how Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s preference for certain babus had rendered a large number of others “jobless”, creating an artificial resource […]

24 May 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Crony capitalism? It’s in our DNA


Crony capitalism? It’s in our DNA THE PRIME MINISTER HAS HIT OUT AGAINST THE POWERFUL MOVING ECONOMIC LEVERS TO BENEFIT THEMSELVES; BUT WHO IS GOING TO STRAIGHTEN THINGS? DILIP CHERIAN We have to blame Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for starting this. First, he created a frisson of concern in March. Addressing the Confederation of Indian […]

23 May 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Getting heard in New Delhi


Getting heard in New Delhi Dilip Cherian Everyone needs the government on their side. A look at how to interpret the idiosyncracies of the powers-that-be. Do you often feel out on a limb when dealing with the government? This article may be of some help if you do, keeping in mind that there is no […]

21 May 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Menon needs manpower


Menon needs manpower For some time now the MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) has been struggling to keep pace with the increased demands on its resources and expertise. The diplomat’s role has never been more demanding than in today’s complex unipolar, globalised world. Many of Menon’s predecessors recognised the need and could see the changes […]

14 May 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Pmspeak for babus


Pmspeak for babus The recent Civil Services Day celebration in the national capital recently was an occasion for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to berate the gathered babus for having allowed an “Inspector Raj” image of government to take root. He further warned that the “creaking system” couldn’t be allowed to persist. The Prime Minister minced […]

09 May 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Modi wants officers to go on spending spree


Modi wants officers to go on spending spree With the spectre of elections looming large over Gujarat, Narendra Modi has revved his administration into overdrive. In what may become the narrative of the Gujarat government until December, Modi has raised the cap on non-approved expenditure from Rs 10 crores to a staggering Rs 120 crores, […]

23 April 2007 ~ 1 Comment

Media guidance


Media guidance The Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy while addressing his babus recently urged them to cultivate the habit of reading newspapers daily so that they could understand the problems of the people. “Open your eyes and read the newspapers. They give useful information, which you do not know. Solve the problems based on the […]

16 April 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Babu churn in Punjab


Babu churn in Punjab It is an accepted fact that when the political equations in a state change, the tremors are, unfortunately, rather severely felt in the babu clan as well. The newly formed BJP-Shiromani Akali Dal government in Punjab is no exception. In an unholy hurry to distance itself from tribesmen associated with its […]