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Leadership and the Pretense of Order

Posted on:24-07-15

Do civil servants consciously design dysfunctional systems, so that they can have more opportunities to show that they are indispensable? Just one example is sufficient to support my contention that they do. Read more »

Civil Servants, ‘Acts of leadership’ and System Dysfunctionality

Posted on:16-07-15

In my previous blogs, I had elaborated upon the new thinking on leadership, which believes that leadership is not about ‘leading’ in the conventional sense as understood. Read more »

Time for some Sentimentality

Posted on:13-07-15

This week, I had intended to plunge into the question of whether senior civil servants could undertake acts of leadership, or cultivate traits that would make them bridging leaders. Read more »

Acts of Leadership and of Bridging Divides

Posted on:03-07-15

Last week, I had elaborated on Heifetz’s idea of ‘leadership without authority.’ To refresh our memories, Heifetz cited Gandhi as an excellent example of such leadership, which, in his words, push us to clarify our values, face hard realities, and seize new possibilities, however frightening they may be. Eric Michel, who amplified on Heifetz’s pointed out that leader Read more »

Heifetz’s Path-breaking work on leadership

Posted on:26-06-15

Last week’s blog probably was my most boring one so far. There were hardly any responses to it, primarily, I think, because people were primed to read some salacious details about how the civil service is trained, and all I was giving out was some theoretical gyan on leadership in general.

Undaunted, I shall continue in the same vein. Read more »

A Digression into ‘Leadership’

Posted on:22-06-15

Given my penchant for approaching most issues from the point of view of grounding theory, I reworked this installment of my blog. It was earlier witty, entertaining and irreverent; now, I regret to say, it is boring. Read more »

Changing track; a critical look at the civil service and leadership

Posted on:08-06-15

Over the past couple of months, I began to default a great deal on my weekly blog and ominously, that irregularity began to be habit forming. As this troubled me a great deal, I went beyond using writer’s block as an alibi and wrote to my boss, Yamini, to suggest themes on which I could write. That, I explained, would get me back into the groove and churn out stuff every Friday as planned. Yamini’s reply was short and to the point. “How abt you do a series on training for the IAS. Types of training how this can be more forward looking”, she wrote, with scant regard to spelling, punctuation or grammar. Read more »

The Old Guard Changeth

Posted on:01-06-15


‘You know, Raghu’, said the large man with the kindly face and the piercing eyes, ‘I think that we made a mistake with the Seventy Fourth Amendment’. Read more »

The Thirteenth Finance Commission – a game changer for devolution.

Posted on:16-05-15


The report of the Thirteenth Finance Commission (TFC) can be considered as a game changer in the manner in which devolution of funds from the Union government to the local levels was configured. For one thing, the allocation of funds over the five year period of its implementation, was sharply increased from Rs. 20000 crore, to around Rs. 87,519 crore for five years from 2010 to 2015. While the increase of funds for local governments was welcomed, the manner in which these were configured brought more cheer. For the first time, the considered the demand by the States and local bodies for giving a share from the divisible pool of central revenues, to the latter. Having accepted that landmark change, at the time of actually making the recommendation, the TFC did convert this share into grants under Article 270 of the Constitution. They did so on the strength of a legal opinion that they obtained, in which they came to the conclusion that the Constitution did not provide scope to them to give LGs funds as revenue shares. This was not merely a semantic change; it did change the character of the devolved funds into ‘grants’. Read more »

Participative budgeting: things to be kept in mind by the Delhi Government

Posted on:04-05-15

The decision by the AAP government in Delhi to undertake a process of participatory budgeting is welcome. However, some things need to be kept in mind, to ensure that the process does not dissolve into empty political rhetoric and becomes a meaningful exercise. There are five such points that need to be kept in mind. Read more »