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

12 December 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Delhi’s top babu is CM’s choice


Delhi’s top babu is CM’s choice As sarkari appointments go these days, the appointment of Rakesh Mehta as Delhi’s new chief secretary went down to the wire, with Mehta’s name being announced just on the eve of his predecessor R. Narayanaswami’s retirement. The last-minute proclamation only underscored the hectic lobbying that went on behind the […]

13 November 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Maya bats for babus


Maya bats for babus They are the babus of a lesser god. Despite forming the mainstay of our vast babudom, the provincial civil services (PCS) officers remain by and large unnoticed and, as they would claim, uncared for compared to their IAS kin. Their grievances largely have to do with promotions or the lack thereof. […]

18 October 2007 ~ 0 Comments

The Gregarious Web


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 […]