30 Mar

Sakshi Dhoni ko gussa kyon aata hai?

सवाल है, साक्षी धोनी को गुस्सा क्यों आता है? If you are the reading type, you would have come across this news: cricketer Mahinder Singh Dhoni goes to a Aadhaar shop to get his Aadhaar updated. The operator clicks a photo to capture his famous moment, and posts it online. He (presumably) clicks a photo of the online application of the update screen and shares with [...] and it reaches his company HQ (in this case, a Govt. body [Read more ...]
29 Mar

So, what is so unique about Aadhaar?

When we have less number of people, we can remember people from their names and faces. We still do, like inside our home. We may know the names and faces of a few more, outside our homes. But then humans have a way of increasing their numbers, and we have too many of them now. Today (2017), the estimated population of India is around 134 crores (1340 million). And how big are the India states? Well, Economist has done a wonderful study, and the results are instructive (click the population tab [Read more ...]
06 Jun

Guide to Inter-cadre deputation in IAS

The first IAS officer I saw up close was when I looked myself  up in the mirror, after selection. West Bengal is certainly not the place to be if one wants to join the IAS, or I would have seen more and have been inspired earlier. Since the IAS contains the I (which stands for Indian), I always presumed I would get to see the world, and be posted in one state in January and be going to another in two years. Alas, they have something called a cadre system. In simple words, a cadre is essentially [Read more ...]
15 Jun

Your biometric hardly matches

I touch you now and then, Over a cold glass door. Moist, Now and a little dry when The cold rushes past, cracks On my hand. Then there are the scratches, As I dig through clods of earth. Moist, Now and a little dry when The dry wind rushes, cracks On my land. You say, why do you have scratches? Your biometric hardly matches, Go now and come back in a week, Put some Nivea lotion if you want, Smooth your fingers with some magic trick. My land is drier [Read more ...]
15 Jun

End the IAS : Part II

This is the second part of a three-part series of articles written in response to Mihir S Sharma's article titled 'End the IAS' ____________________________________________ Sharma makes two other charges that are related. He says that, firstly, IAS officers are generalists, lack knowledge, and therefore, secondly, make blunders. He further corroborates that he seldom pays for those blunders. One additional consequence of such generalist experience is the lack of innovation that besets our [Read more ...]