Kshetrajna

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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Currently Reading: TSR Subramanian

I have recently begun reading Sri. T.S.R. Subramanian's "Journeys through Babudom and Netaland: Governance in India" (Rupa & Co., 2004). The author began his journey in 1961 as a joint magistrate in Moradabad (U.P.) and after 35 years of service, was appointed Cabinet Secretary to the Govt. of India (the highest civil service post).

So far, the reading's been quite engrossing. I will try to post key learnings (TSR's or mine) as I go along.

An excerpt from the preface:


The bottom third of our population is invisible when the curtains are drawn ... it does not exist in India for all practical purposes. All the policy initiatives and developmental actions are taken by the top half of the population, for their own benefit; and all the moves are driven by the group interests of the major players: the politicians, bureaucrats, professionals and the judiciary. There is an unspoken conspiracy that India belongs exclusively to this ruling class, with the middle classes being the beneficiaries of the leftovers; and the poorest on-third left behind. This is the post-independence dharma of India.

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