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The Strong Man Cometh

(*: Man refers in this article to the species homo sapiens and has no gender connotations) “Après nous le déluge” (Madame de Pompadour) “Surely the Second Coming is at hand.” (The Second Coming: William Butler Yeats) “If God did not … Continue reading

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Himalayan Blunders in Healthcare – Gorakhpur and Beyond

This article was originally published on Indus Dictum, a site where thought leaders from diverse fields, spanning business and technology to politics and modern law, contribute unique insights and experiences. You can access the article at https://indusdictum.com/2017/08/17/himalayan-blunders-in-healthcare-gorakhpur-and-beyond/ In a country … Continue reading

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The Indian Political League

This article was originally published on Indus Dictum, a site where thought leaders from diverse fields, spanning business and technology to politics and modern law, contribute unique insights and experiences. You can access the article at https://indusdictum.com/2017/08/10/the-indian-political-league/ The match went down … Continue reading

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WHEN SILENCE IS NOT AN OPTION

(The full version of the open letter of 10 June 2017 can be accessed at the wire.in) Sixty-five retired officers from different services came together in early June 2017 to pen an open letter to the public expressing their disquiet … Continue reading

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The Ten Commandments – A Survival Kit for the IAS Officer

O Thou who seest all things below Grant that Thy servants may go slow, That they may study to comply With regulations till they die. Teach us, O Lord, to reverence Committees more than common sense; To train our minds … Continue reading

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Indian bureaucracy – a Kafkaesque drama

Nothing disturbed me as much in recent months as the news reports of the former Coal Secretary of the Government of India (and my former senior colleague in the Petroleum Ministry) facing prosecution in the “coal scam” case; he has … Continue reading

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Maximum Government, Minimum Governance

No, I have not got the title wrong, as some people might think. It is just that a government elected on the platform of delivering efficient service with minimum intrusion into the lives of individuals is doing exactly the opposite … Continue reading

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