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By the Way

By the way : Gokhale still in the running

The extension for Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar ends hopes for two senior-most IFS officers but Vijay Gokhale is still a contender to be...

By the Way

By the way : Who will be CBI chief?

Who will be the new Director of Central Bureau of Investigation? The present incumbent Anil Sinha has retired. The 1984-batch IPS officer of...

Stock Doctor

Global pressures build up

THE steep correction witnessed by the market has shattered the myth that the Indian market will largely remain unaffected by what happens to...


The case of the naughty neighbour

THIS is not a whodunit. So no prizes for guessing who the naughty neighbour is. Our problem with Pakistan is that we cannot...

Bric a Brac

History repeats itself

NAPOLEON Bonaparte said that history is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. In the recent Delhi University...

From the Editor

From the Editor

THE post of Chief Secretary is not only enshrined in the Constitution as the sole authority of the administration, but the person holding...

Shovana Narayan
First Stirrings

‘You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching’

FINDING an unusual retired woman civil servant proved to be a challenge. Some have achieved high visibility but I needed a compelling story,...


Tracking – February 2018

O P Rawat : The former 1977 batch IAS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre has been appointed Chief Election Commissioner of India....

Cover Story

Cover Story : The IAS Dilemma – To be or not to be!

INDIA is commemorating the silver jubilee of the Liberalisation-Privatisation-Globalisation (LPG) reforms that commenced in July of 1991. On this occasion, the most telling...

By the Way

Mehta vindicated, at last

LM Mehta, a 1968-batch IAS officer of the Haryana cadre, was an icon in the state for his humbleness. When he was serving...


Inspector Raj bleeds economy!

AJAY Jain and Saurabh Jain regret the day they decided to shift their textile industry from Jind (Haryana) to Greater Noida (Uttar Pradesh)....

First Stirrings

First Stirrings : ‘They could not accept a Secretary questioning orders’

THIS is the most incredible story of KK Jaiswal, an honest and straight-forward bureaucrat, who was so desperate without official accommodation that he...