15 May

Beacon of hope, repression, efficiency….

Red beacons
The reason for the recent notoriety of the beacons is the decision of the Union Cabinet on 19 April 2017 to remove all beacons. Working fast, the draft Rules were issued the very next day. It was another measure to remove symbols of the so-called VIP culture in India. In the recent past certain State Governments have also issued similar notifications. Most notably Punjab, which is infamous for the overuse and misuse of the beacon policy. It can be argued that this decision of uprooting the whole [Read more ...]
15 May

Beacon of hope, repression, efficiency….

Red beacons
Beacons have always been an envious bone of contention. The beacon may be many things to many people - a status symbol, a token of having 'arrived', a relic of colonialism. What people don't like about it, they project those feelings onto the beacon. It is a beacon of desire - every one would want to sit in a car with beacon, and just live the experience for once, if possible. It is a beacon of aspiration - most mothers would aspire for their children to have the beacon one day. Of hatred - one hates [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

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 ...]
13 Jun

End the IAS : Is it a solution?

"By whatever constitution India may be ruled, no government will be able to 'do without District Officer" - (Simon Commission Report, 1928) "End the IAS" - Mihir S Sharma This article is a searching response to another article by Sharma that said that the IAS must go. The article appeared on June 5, 2015, in Business Standard.   ____________________________________ PART I   The IAS is akin to the top management of an impossibly large and complex entity called [Read more ...]