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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.

Unhappy with ‘generalist’ tag, IAS body wants appointment based on qualification 

Newly appointed IAS Association president says most officers are engineers, CAs and doctors and have technical knowledge.
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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.
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By no stretch of imagination can the military be compared to IAS and IPS officers

Army, Navy & Air Force have to climb out of their respective silos, cease empire building, and create a joint plan to address military angst
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IAS officers see tremendous growth in two areas: Ignorance and arrogance

Most IAS officers end up as pen-pushers and cynics, with no faith in their contribution.

Should an IAS officer be free to air views on social media or is it unbecoming behaviour?

A departmental inquiry has been initiated against Kashmir cadre IAS officer Shah Faesal for tweeting about rape culture in South Asia. Experts weigh in.
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We’re domain experts too, but ignored for IAS officers in top posts: IRS body writes to PM

IRS officers say we have experience of revenue and govt. Same as railway, forest officers. Yet these ministries are headed by IAS.
Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) building, New Delhi

India thinks it can produce IFS officers by testing them on wildlife more than geopolitics

The foreign services is the biggest casualty of the generalist nature of the UPSC exam.
PM Modi interacting with IAS probationers in 2015 | pmindia.gov.in

Lateral entry into bureaucracy is not a new idea. It’s been around since 2006

Veerappa Moily in 2008 and a panel headed by former SC judge B.N. Srikrishna made similar suggestions, but neither was implemented by the government.
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Change in IAS selection, Indian Army’s socialising rules, 7 reasons for Modi’s upper hand

A selection of the best news reports, analysis and opinions published by ThePrint this week.

On Camera

Representational photos | Hindu priests perform evening prayers at Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi | Kanishka Sonthalia/Bloomberg

Want to preserve secularism in India? Well, preserve the Hindu ethos first

Secularism in the Indian context would mean maintaining equidistance from  all religions. Unfortunately, that equidistance never happened.
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Mukesh Ambani is now world’s fourth richest man, overtakes Europe’s wealthiest

Reliance's shares have more than doubled from a low in March as its digital unit got billions in investments from companies including Facebook Inc. and Google.

Defence

The negative import list for defence systems was unveiled by Rajnath Singh Sunday | File photo: ANI

India’s negative defence import list has some hits, some misses & quite a bit of confusion

A study of the 101 items put in the negative list shows that over one-fourth are already manufactured in India and have not been imported for a long time.
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Modi redefined secularism with Ram Mandir as Hindu voters were fed up of Sonia-Left version

Assumptions that Indian secularism died with Ram Mandir bhoomi pujan are bunk. It is enshrined in the Constitution, and is worth preserving.