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

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 […]

09 April 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Officer-like qualities


Officer-like qualities The wheels of Indian bureaucracy are turning. However as is usual, rather slowly. After more than four decades, the government has moved to amend the performance appraisal procedures for our babus. With the All India (Performance Appraisal Report) Rules 2007, notified in mid-March, the government hopes to usher in an era of good […]

02 April 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Nitish’s babu trouble


Nitish’s babu trouble Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has been complaining to the Centre about the dearth of babus in his state. His grouse is that the previous government of Rabri Devi did not seek to increase the strength of the state cadre following the bifurcation of Bihar and creation of Jharkhand. Therefore, the state […]

26 March 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Babus go on and on


Babus go on and on Old habits die hard. Our babus, therefore, rather naturally, get so accustomed to their kursi and the power that flows from it that many are reluctant to fade into the sunset when the time comes to bid goodbye to all that. Not everyone, I must hasten to add, lingers on, […]

19 March 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Manpower crunch


Manpower crunch Rattled by the exodus of senior babus for the greener pastures of the private sector, the Central government, it seems, is formulating a new policy aimed to discourage the trend. Apparently, a clause in the present guidelines gives babus the option of unpaid leave up to five years. This clause has now become […]

12 March 2007 ~ 1 Comment

Who will put YSR’s CMO in order?


Who will put YSR’s CMO in order? Tension between powerful chief ministers and the rest of the babu system under them is par for the course. But the staff at the Chief Minister’s Office in Andhra Pradesh seem to be working doubly hard these days – issuing orders and then annulling them. So, if their […]

06 March 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Moily’s noble intentions


Moily’s noble intentions This is so radical, it’ll never see the light of day, was the immediate thought that strikes me. The recommendations made by the second Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) headed by Veerappa Moily are bound to ruffle some feathers, not just among my favourite tribe, but even more among politicians and the judiciary. […]

26 February 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Babus don’t take easily to training


Babus don’t take easily to training There is no doubt that huge quantities of training are both crucial and critical to the future of the bureaucracy, as it exists today. Everybody seems to be aware of that. Whether it’s the Cabinet Secretary or the Department of Personnel and Training, this entirely appropriate obsession with training […]