Meet Ashok Khemka – the incorruptible Indian babu

Newton’s Law of Corruption: an Indian babu’s likelihood of  being corrupt is inversely proportional to the number of times he’s transferred. Higher the transfers, lower the likelihood of being corrupt. While babudom and anti-corruption agitation are topics that are not within the primary ambit of this blog, every once in a while I feel compelled to stray (for …

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So what’s up with Raju Narayana Swamy these days?

India is as obsessed with its IAS officers as it is with its IIT graduates. Earlier this year, I wrote an article about Kerala IAS officer Raju Narayana Swamy after seeing one of those Facebook appeals making its rounds. Six months ago, the post continues to attract interest. I wondered whether he had taken up that plum UN …

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Rebooting IAS an essential part of Reforms 2.0

[Editor’s Note: One of my favorite policy wonks and Indian foreign policy expert, Nitin Pai, has often argued that the top item on India’s todo list is Reforms 2.0. To the long list of second generation reforms, we propose that a sacred cow from India’s colonial past also be reformed – Indian Administrative Service (IAS). …

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