Monthly Archives: March 2017

Our very own Kishore

Not many IAS officers get time to pursue their hobbies, and this is even more surprising when he is serving as the Private Secretary of one of the most sought after ministers of Government of India. Nitishwar Kumar, 1996 batch … Continue reading

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Jio aur Jenay do…

It is well known that Telecom Secretary JS Deepak, a 1982 batch IAS officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre, is a no-nonsense officer. So many were surprised at his appointment as OSD in the Department of Commerce, as it came … Continue reading

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CoCSA clamour for change

After the 7th Central Pay Commission failed to address the grievances of non-IAS officers, the Confederation of Civil Services Association (CoCSA) representing 20 services, including IPS, IFoS, IRS, IIS, and IRAS, has demanded total civil services reforms in an “unbiased … Continue reading

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Awaiting poll results in UP

Civil servants in Uttar Pradesh are a fidgety lot these days. The ongoing assembly elections and fast-changing political scenario has forced even senior civil servants to plan the next five years cautiously. Though there is a conducive atmosphere for UP … Continue reading

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Counting the pennies

WHY does a political worker look for a party ticket. There are two main reasons: first, he gets a recognisable symbol, and second, he gets funds from the party to contest. It’s a hard fact; elections cannot be fought without … Continue reading

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Missing out on mudhi

APPARENTLY, when one reaches to the top, it’s not easy to eat whatever one likes. Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India, is facing such a situation as disclosed by those close to him. Pranab da is a very simple eater … Continue reading

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No criticisms here, please

IMAGINE this: A Nobel Laureate agrees to an interview with a reputed newspaper of India; the scribe does it faithfully but interview never appears. Sources disclosed that Nobel laureate Dr Amartya Sen is unwell and has come to reside and … Continue reading

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Bonding over tea

THERE was a time when Mayawati, former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh used to roar in the state. The biggest victim was media. She had her own style at press conferences. She used to have the press release ready in … Continue reading

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Democratic system of self-knowing

A few years ago, when I was interviewed by an American magazine, I was asked, “Who is the most significant person in the West to have worked for human consciousness?” Without hesitation, I replied, “Charles Darwin.” The journalist said, “But … Continue reading

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Grassroots administrator

NOBODY in Bal Krishna Chaturvedi’s family ever had any doubts about him getting into Indian Administrative Service (IAS). The suspense was only about where he would figure in the list of top ten at all-India level. After all, the second … Continue reading

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