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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

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 […]

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 […]