Dilip Cherian

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Dilip Cherian

Breaking norms

Home minister Rajnath Singh has been showing signs of a new assertiveness of late. Recently, Mr Singh surprised babu-watchers by transferring 10 joint secretaries in one fell swoop.

Centre to decide

The Gujarat government is keen to extend the tenure of the state chief secretary, Varesh Sinha, for an unprecedented third time.

Unsure future

The dismantling of the Planning Commission has come as a blow to the 500-strong Indian Economic Service (IES) officers, many of whom work in the plan panel.

Akhilesh acts

Akhilesh acts

The big one

The big one

The party is over

The party is over

Calling the shots

Calling the shots

Parting shocks

Parting shocks

Stirring missives

Stirring missives

Feeling the pinch

Feeling the pinch

The Archers and Test cricket: words you rarely find in the same sentence and more’s the pity as there’s not much else that can give greater innocent pleasure.

For those younger Pakistanis born in the 1990s and later, the country’s growing dysfunctionality and its slipping further behind in the global comity of nations across a wide front, has seemed to be t