Curse of Grabbing others’ Butter

Surendra Bhargava IRS (Income tax) At the time of selection to Revenue Service, I was lean and thin, weighing 100 lbs. However, I believed the popular perception that Income tax department can ‘fatten’ anyone! May be that’s why I had gladly jumped at the option. Jokes apart, my father, who was with the state government […]

Negotiations with Bodo Liberation Tigers (1999)

Dr. P.D. Shenoy IAS   Bodos are the plainland tribals settled on the upper valley of the Brahmaputra river in Assam. Their region is very backward compared to the rest of Assam. There are four airports in Assam, viz., Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Jorhat and Tezpur, but none in the Bodo inhabited area. There was no college […]

Treading Down Memory Lane

Adhip Chaudhury IAS   “Time”, they say, “flies”. Today, I am convinced that time does not merely fly but flies at the speed of light. 14th July, 1967 is yet etched so fresh in my mind. That was the D-day on which I joined the Indian Administrative Service at the National Academy of Administration (NAA). […]

In Pursuit of Probity

S. Bagga IAS   APOLOGY   “A man that is born falls into a dream like a man who falls into the sea. If he tries to climb out into the air as inexperienced people endeavor to do, he drowns … No! I tell you! The way is to the destructive element submit yourself, and […]

RCVP Noronha – A Tribute

Probir Sen IAS   “Their shoulders held the sky suspended; They stood, and earth’s foundations stay; What God abandoned, these defended And saved the sum of things for pay.”   These memorable lines of A E Houseman, were a favorite of RCVP Noronha, Administrator nonpareil, and to my mind, the finest civil servant of his […]

Golden Jubilee Reveries

Vijay Nambiar IFS   Three snatches of memories stretching across fifty years, encompassing a lifetime in the service of the Government of India:   Circa July 1967. On the lawns of Hotel Charleville at the Academy, the latest batch of probationers foregather in their black “bandgallahs” and colourful sarees, for their first formal banquet under […]

An unsuitable Boy from Calcutta

Gourisankar Ghosh IAS   We arrived Dehradun by Howrah-Doon Express in June 1967. We were possibly the largest group from Calcutta ever joining the IAS and other allied services! Next morning with many stories of the strictness of legendary Director Pimputkar, we started our journey to Mussoorie. We entered the Academy gate and stood in […]

My Encounter with some Celebrities

D K Acharyya IRS (Customs & Excise)   The summer of 2002 was exciting for the international customs fraternity. The World Customs Organisation, (WCO) was celebrating its Golden Jubilee at Brussels. I, as Member, CBEC, was to lead the official delegation of India. Just three days before our scheduled departure, got a directive from the […]

Rear-view Mirror and Windscreen

R. Clement Ilango IAS Nothing in recent days has given me more unhappiness than my inability to attend the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of my batch of the IAS. Unavoidable commitments elsewhere are the unfortunate reason for this. In spirits I shall be with you, friends, and I wish the celebrations all success.   Fifty years […]

Making the Horse Drink too

B.K. Misra IAS In my relatively uneventful career, I had spent about 10 years in Tribal & Hilly areas in Assam, Odisha & undivided Madhya Pradesh. That included my two years stint in 1975-77 as Deputy Commissioner Mikir Hills district in Assam which is presently called Karbi Anglong district. The hill district was large with […]