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

14 February 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Bihar’s babus avoid Lalu

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Bihar’s babus avoid Lalu With his archrival Nitish Kumar firmly in saddle in Bihar, it is becoming clear to the Union Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav that his writ no longer runs in his home state. Last week Lalu had summoned secretaries of various state departments to the capital to discuss progress on the Sam […]

29 January 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Kaoboys and other Indians

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Kaoboys and other Indians The famously forbidding headquarters of the Research & Analysis Wing (RAW) in New Delhi’s CGO complex hosted rather unusual guests recently. The occasion was the first R.N. Kao Memorial Lecture and the guest was Shashi Tharoor, Under Secretary General of the United Nations, who spoke on “India and Global Security: Leveraging […]

22 January 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Springboard AIIMS

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Springboard AIIMS The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) may produce India’s top doctors, but it loses more than half of them to more lucrative options abroad, mostly in the United States. While most of us have been aware of this trend, here are some hard statistics to confirm our worst fears. With the […]

22 January 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Colossus on the move (Obituary -LM Thapar 1931-2007)

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Everything that L. M. Thapar did was gigantic but there was very little chance that the huge effort would ever be visible. That was the man’s quintessential style. And in fact, perhaps that one phrase sums up the man. He went like he would have wanted to. Quietly into the night. The huge Ballarpur empire, […]

02 September 2006 ~ 0 Comments

Dr. Singh’s ruling code .

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Dr. Singh’s ruling code . Even as the Indian Express broke into the Code that will soon follow the proposed Public Services Bill 2006, it is clear that in Dr. Manmohan Singh we have a Prime Minister who actually wants to leave his mark strongly on governance rather than feebly on history. No previous Prime […]

07 August 2006 ~ 0 Comments

Fight Club Fever

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Fight Club Fever After almost a decade of feuding, the Ranbaxy family dispute has finally reached one kind of end. The curtain fell on the bitter family quarrel with Ranbaxy promoter duo Malvinder Singh and Shivinder Singh and the Max Group chairman Analjit Singh agreeing to a settlement over the disputed shares in Ranbaxy, held […]

07 August 2006 ~ 0 Comments

Missions need science counsellors

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Missions need science counsellors India’s track record as a scientific stronghold is steadily crumbling into nothingness. With the rest of the world making fast strides into new areas of crucial scientific research, India is at a disadvantage at an initial level because it has only four science counselors in 160 diplomatic missions. A science counselor, […]

10 May 2006 ~ 0 Comments

Top babu job has many contenders

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Top babu job has many contenders The sweepstakes for the top job in the country’s bureaucracy, the Cabinet Secretary, are always and inevitably a closely watched exercise. This is one appointment, where Byzantine convolutions tend to dominate. Inevitably, the choice processes, when it comes to the big one, are with most governments unfortunately always full […]

07 May 2006 ~ 0 Comments

Skiing innovation

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Skiing innovation Having a hands-on Chief minister like Ghulam Nabi Azad, allows babus with imagination to do things they would normally never dream of doing. Azad recently surprised babus with a dramatic new set of tourism initiatives that surprise, surprise are going to tap Jammu’s potential. Babus who were there till last week have been […]

27 April 2006 ~ 0 Comments

Jinxed batch or rough patch?

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Jinxed batch or rough patch? The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) babus these days are hitting the headlines quite frequently, albeit for the wrong reasons. While down South the erstwhile Indian envoy to New Zealand Harish Dogra created a flutter by daring to take on the might of the top MEA babu Shyam Saran, up […]