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India is hoping for a stable govt post-Lok Sabha polls, but bureaucrats not so much

Bureaucrats are unanimous in their conclusion about five years of this govt: Modi is following Indira Gandhi’s model of committed bureaucracy.   
North Block and South Block on Raisina Hill | Manisha Mandal/ThePrint

India needs Reforms 2.0 to save both bureaucracy and good IAS officers like H.C. Gupta

Hope that the judiciary wakes up to the travesty of convicting good civil servants like H.C. Gupta.
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There is growing civil-military dissonance and acrimony in India’s defence ministry

The Indian military needs to introspect and ensure that no one has the cause to cast aspersions on its personnel.
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Civil-military tension over privileges: Bureaucrats pampered or have forces overblown it?

The defence spokesperson had responded to a photograph showing a civilian officer’s car with a flag on the bonnet, pointing out misuse of privileges.
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Defence ministry spokesperson who criticised military on Twitter sent on leave

Tweet by Swarnashree Rao Rajshekhar, principal spokesperson for defence ministry, has angered the military brass.
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IAS has now become a customer service, pleasing politicians and businessmen

The new motto for the IAS seems to be: 'Customer, not the Constitution, is Supreme.'
Mittali Sethi of IAS 2017 Batch with her students | Facebook/Humans of Lbsnaa

Suicide prompts three IAS officers to show the unglamorous side of civil services

Spurred on by an aspirant’s suicide earlier this year, the officers have started a Facebook page to share stories of civil servants’ struggles to make it.
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The IAS has thinned at the top of the bureaucracy under the Modi government

Just 11 IAS officers have been empanelled by the government this year for joint secretary posts, down from 87 officers in 2014.

For lateral entry, Modi government struggles to get IAS-level quality candidates

Modi government has so far received just about 4,000 applications, had expected far greater interest
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Why I wrote a letter requesting punishment for IAS officers who file false complaints

We must find an administrative remedy, rather than a judicial one, to address the rising number of wrongful accusations in the bureaucracy.

On Camera

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Smriti Irani’s makeover: From being most disliked Modi minister to dynasty slayer in Amethi

After causing the biggest upset in 2019 elections, Smriti Irani has ensured she can no longer be ignored by PM Modi and Amit Shah.
elections

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

Defence

Ministry of Defence building

On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.