Monthly Archives: August 2015

From the Editor

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your … Continue reading

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Halcyon Days

The 56th FC batch is all set to celebrate its Silver Jubilee this month. Having graduated in 1990, it is a batch that has truly seen the transition of India post-liberalisation. These officers have implemented the policies at the grassroots and … Continue reading

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Look behind as well as beyond

by Atul Kumar Tiwari There were many attachments during the 56th Foundation Course (FC).  While we were in the midst of village-attachments spread over northern India, we heard that VP Singh had resigned and Chandra Shekhar had become the Prime Minister … Continue reading

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Coming Together of Young,   Bright and Passionate Minds

by Samir Sinha It seems just like yesterday, when on August 19, 1990, I boarded the overnight bus from ISBT Delhi to Mussoorie. The journey, though just a few hours long, was the one that transformed me for life—from a … Continue reading

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Impressions

4,00,000 starry-eyed Indians, we are informed, applied for the Civil Services this year. How many of them know, we wonder, that the successful among them will pant up Benog Hill one day, fall like a sack of bricks from Dara’s … Continue reading

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56th FC at LBSNAA

by Sumita Misra Singh Beautiful in their collective swell Of belief.  As game changers We trundled up to the Mecca Of UPSC. Minor stars already In our minor galaxies. Mussoorie was an appropriate cradle A misty place, Where dreams could hide  … Continue reading

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Roopkund Rendezvous

by Raja Sekhar Vundru Slipped on the mattress of Muscular contraction into the sunny  flight of diesel  and love. Heavyness of the spine  along timid shoulder blades, YM cared tiff the  end and we yelled. Bread and butter on tyres dhandti … Continue reading

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From JNU to Establishment

by Raja Sekhar Vundru The JNU Students Union lost its resolution in favour of Mandal reservations in the University GBM held at the Jhelum Lawns on August 17, 1990, a day before some of us from JNU left for the Queen … Continue reading

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Then and now (or, is it now and then?)

by Pankaj Jain Twenty-five summers ago and it already appears like historical fiction—a time and age without internet and mobile phones, STD after 10 pm (the phone, not gonorrhea), breakfast, lunch and dinner in a badminton hall with two tiger skins … Continue reading

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Is India a ‘kleptarchy’?

Way back in February 2002, I wrote an article in The Hindu titled “Is India drifting to ‘kleptocracy’?” It was in the context of the heartless bureaucratic process of ‘rehabilitation’ of a village ravaged by the disastrous Gujarat earthquake of … Continue reading

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