Dilip Cherian's Blog

Dilip Cherian Blog Dilip is considered India's foremost Image Management guru and resident iconoclast. He wavers between irrational exuberance and cataclysmic gloom but can be influenced at mail@dilipcherian.com

21 April 2006 ~ 0 Comments

Bank babus sitting pretty

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Bank babus sitting pretty North Block had to finally give in to some of the wishes of the striking employee unions of State Bank of India. The week long ‘face off’ had not only subjected the unsuspecting customers to untold misery, but had put numerous critical financial transactions across the banking and the government sector [...]

11 April 2006 ~ 0 Comments

Dalal Street- bound

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Dalal Street- bound The Postal babus will soon be following the sensex with more interest than they have ever done in their lives. The North Block, after much debate, has decided to allow the Department of Post (DOP) to deploy funds from its insurance schemes in the stock market through mutual funds. Given their lack [...]

05 April 2006 ~ 0 Comments

‘A university for the police’

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‘A university for the police’ The idea of introducing some fundamental changes in our police-training infrastructure has remained on the backburner for quite sometime. Though top police babus have long felt that the existing training set up including the ‘much acclaimed’ National Police Academy in Hyderabad is ‘utterly inadequate’, strangely North Block has never given [...]

23 March 2006 ~ 0 Comments

‘Hostile babus’

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‘Hostile babus’ The Jessica Lall case may even have an unforeseen impact on babus, though its rather serendipitous than real. The reason why ‘corrupt babus’ go scot free even after years of toil by the investigating agencies is that their fellow babus simply refuse to testify against them. These babu witnesses turn hostile even after [...]

15 March 2006 ~ 0 Comments

E-age

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E-age Kashmirs babus are shocked that Ghulam Nabi Azad is turning out to be quite a tech-savvy Chief Minister. The State Secretariat babus, much to their chargin, got some idea about his love for technology early in the day when he first floated the idea of putting in place a sophisticated biometric ‘access control systems’ [...]

07 March 2006 ~ 0 Comments

A blue passport to hellhole

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A blue passport to hellhole I am among those who believe that Manmohan Singh may really not need a Foreign Minister, till he has dealt with the likes of Bush and the aftermath of that visit. But he certainly needs to assign some junior Minister of State to take a quick and hard look at [...]

25 February 2006 ~ 0 Comments

Crime and Punishment

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Quintessentially, some of Delhi’s most vocal middle-class citizens are a rather lawless lot. It is part of the staple diet of their version of capital speak, to be able to silence any attempt at routine law enforcement. This, brazen display of unbridled access to the immensely powerful is part of the essential gestalt of every [...]

14 February 2006 ~ 0 Comments

What’s wrong with 1975?

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What’s wrong with 1975? The recent promotions of 33 from the 1975 batch IAS officers to the ranks of additional secretary has created a quite a stir among their peers. The widespread frustration among the babus, who missed out could be gauged from the fact that as many as 199 officers were waiting to enter [...]

09 February 2006 ~ 0 Comments

Come, take your money

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Come, take your money Employees’ Provident Fund Organization (EPFO) babus these days are saddled with a weird problem. Lakhs of employees have all but forgotten about their Provident fund accounts. The balances in the Unclaimed Deposit Account have risen sharply over the last three years. The figure which stood at Rs 634.57 crore in 2002- [...]

09 February 2006 ~ 0 Comments

Babu Scientist nexus

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Babu Scientist nexus Following vociferous protests from the ICSSR researchers over appointment of bureaucrats as Member Secretary (MS) of the premier institution, the government has decided to appoint a new MS from the academic fraternity. Prof T.S. Anant of Delhi School of Economics will shortly be taking over as the new MS. In fact the [...]