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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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The perks…and quirks…of public office

I do not offhand remember the name of the 1960s Hindi movie starring two great actors, Padmini and Pran, which I saw on Doordarshan in my student days. The girl, Padmini, is obviously not overjoyed at the prospect of being … Continue reading

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Reshaping India’s bureaucracy – a blueprint for action

“The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.” (Omar Khayyam)   The eagerly awaited … Continue reading

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IAS at the crossroads

The Indian Administrative Service (IAS), that inheritor of the mantle of the Indian Civil Service (ICS), has reached a decisive point in its almost seven decade existence. There has been a growing groundswell in the police and central services (referred … Continue reading

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Why blame the IAS alone?

“The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones.”                    — William Shakespeare (Julius Caesar)   Let me begin with a caveat: I worked for thirty years in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS). … Continue reading

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