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First Stirrings

First Stirrings : Grassroots administrator

NOBODY in Bal Krishna Chaturvedi’s family ever had any doubts about him getting into Indian Administrative Service (IAS). The suspense was only about...

First Stirrings

First Stirrings : Upholder of uprightness

WITHIN three months from March to May in 2008, three IAS (Indian Administrative Service) officers took voluntary retirement from service (VRS) in Uttar...

First Stirrings

First Stirrings : Golden Girl

FOR Sudha Pillai, the former Member Secretary of the Planning Commission, the inspiration to join the civil services came quite early in life-in...

First Stirrings

Not yet tired

SURENDRA Singh, a mathematics post-graduate from Allahabad University, had made up his mind to join the civil services early in his life. India...

Governance Awards

Innovation is the mantra

THE meaning of governance, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is the action or manner of governing a State, organisation, etc. But the ten-letter...

First Stirrings

First Stirrings : The fair administrator

WHEN Gopal Krishna Pillai (67) joined as Sub Collector in Kollam (then Quilon) in July 1974, his first job after passing out from...

First Stirrings

First Stirrings : Bringing a paradigm shift

ANIL Kumar Lakhina, a 1974-batch Maharashtra cadre IAS, could never imagine that a reorganisation-cum-clean up drive in Ahmednagar collectorate he carried out for...

First Stirrings

First Stirrings : Law in his blood

JUSTICE Vikas Shridhar Sirpurkar found his calling at an age when many youths find themselves at a crossroads. When the Maharashtra Bar Council...

Book Review

Book Review : Indian values, English sensibilities

CAUGHT by the Police, a biography of Anandswarup Gupta, a 1939-batch Indian police officer who served as the Founder-Director of the Bureau of...

First Stirrings

First Stirrings : Life of many hues

VIVEK Agnihotri was only 11 years old (born on August 25, 1945) when he completed middle school in 1956. His father, Narain Prasad,...