The Days of Wine & Roses

Krishna Mohan Sahni, IAS, AGMUT   I came to the Academy (and to the IAS) after a couple of job opportunities in the private sector. Straight out of college, I was picked up as a management trainee by the then Sterling Shipping Company, Gladstone Lyall (in Calcutta) & the still British Mercantile Bank (in Bombay), […]

Bygone Memories

Mohammad Shafi Pandit, IAS, Jammu & Kashmir   Being the very first person from Jammu and Kashmir State, belonging to the majority community of the state, who had made it to the mainstream Indian Administrative Service, as a direct recruit, way back in 1969, my friends and well-wishers have always been urging me, and repeatedly […]

Taking on the Parliamentarians

B.P. Misra, IAS, AGMUT   On my taking over as Chairman, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), I started keeping a keen eye on the revenue intake, the leakages and the shortfalls. One area that immediately caught my attention was electricity supply. To my horror I found one major block not paying were Members of Parliament, […]

Memories of Sojourn in Zambia

Hercharan Dhody, IFS4     Life of a diplomat taking him to various nooks and corners of this globe exposing him to diverse races, climes and cultures is unique. It is perhaps truer for an Indian diplomat. While in most Foreign Services there is some modicum of area specialization restricting movement of a diplomat outside […]

The Travails of an Accidental Probationer

Ashok Jha, IAS, Andhra Pradesh Four score and ten years ago, the UPSC in active connivance and deep-rooted conspiracy with the Government of India, inflicted on this nation, the 1969 batch. The country is still to recover from that grave error that monumental Himalayan blunder! As I pen this nearly fifty years later, I’m struck […]

Army Police Show Down Averted

Anil Chowdhry, IPS, AGMUT When Mizoram was carved out as a Union Territory (UT) from Assam in 1972, my cadre was changed from Assam to UT, and I was transferred from Karimgunj in Cachhar district of Assam bordering Bangladesh to Lunglei, as Sub Divisional Police Officer in Mizoram, a narrow tongue of land of India […]

Snippets from a Life in Service – 3

Adarsh Misra, IAS, AGMUT   Apart from taking State wise stock of damage caused by the Tsunami of 2004, Planning Commission was tasked with designing the reconstruction and rehabilitation and I was asked to projectise and secure funds for the same. Lakhs of people had suffered loss of lives, limbs, livestock and land in the […]

Snippets from a Life in Service – 2

Adarsh Misra, IAS, AGMUT   Polio Eradication and elimination programme: How to use PMO when a State delays implementation.   This article is about how to use PMO when implementing a Concurrent List Programme. Health being a Concurrent List Programme was always a difficult programme to implement to one’s satisfaction as performance would invariably lag […]

Snippets from a Life in Service – 1

Adarsh Misra, IAS, AGMUT   A Tiger at Barep Point on Road to Lazu in Tirap Distict, Arunachal Pradesh (erstwhile N.E.F.A.) Arunachal Pradesh, erstwhile N.E.F.A., is situated at the northeastern-most tip of India. Tirap District is the area which curls in like a sock turned back towards India at the tip of the map of […]

Making the Last Lap Count

J.K. Sinha IPS Mahatma Gandhi said that “Poverty is the worst kind of violence”. The worst victims of this violence are, perhaps, the musahar community of Bihar, whose population is estimated to be 4.5-5 million. Shunned by the society and exploited by the rural elite, the musahars are predominantly landless agricultural labourers, many among them […]