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Excerpts from my book – Rats, Cats and Diplomats

Santosh Kumar, IFS   Diplomatic License I was called for an interview in Delhi. The day before I was to appear for the Union Public Service Commission, Harsh Gupta, the friend with whom I was staying, casually asked me whether I had photographs for the occasion. What photographs? I squeaked ...
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In the National Interest – A Strategic Foreign Policy for India

Santosh Kumar, IFS   A grand external strategy would require that interactions between different strategic objectives be examined to arrive at the right balance. There is clearly a possibility of a trade-off between some interactive objectives, and even between components of an objective. We now discuss some of the more ...
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Glimpses of Days Gone

Shyamala B. Cowsik, IFS   At the outset, I would like, in the standard bureaucratic fashion, to disown all responsibility for the infliction of this piece on all of you. It was all Ashok Jha’s fault. This is in case it bores you to death. If you happen to like ...
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Few Articles and Poems (3)

Purshottam Lal, IPS, Punjab   Article on Editorial page - Daily Post, October 24, 2015 The will of the people P. Lal According to the Preamble of The Constitution of India, the people of this country adopted, enacted and gave to themselves the Constitution on twenty-sixth day of November, 1949 ...
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Few Articles and Poems (2)

Purshottam Lal, IPS, Punjab   Hindustan Times, October 16, 2017(Spice of life column) Short course that changed my life’s course P. Lal I disliked people heavy on the scales. This probably impelled me to put the pot-bellied policemen, working under me, on the mat, literally, to do front rolls and ...
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