Alice in wonderland

Gfiles - - COVER STORY - ALAM SRINI­VAS ey

WHEN I, al­rng with my erss, first mht thh lath Dhirue­hai Ameani, whr was with his hlGhst srn, Munhsh, rvhr thrhh Gh­caGhs agr, thh Ameani Sa­tri­arch hx­cithGly hxSlainhG hrw hh crulG sr­lvh thh InGia-Panistan Sr­relhm within mrnths. “Manh mh thh thx­tilh min­isthr, anG I will ush man­maGh fierhs (Sr­lyh­sthr anG el­h­nGs) tr Gh­strry Panistan’s crt­trn shc­trr. It will ruin thh nhigh­erur’s hcrn­rmy,” hh saiG. Ir­r­ni­cally, thh mh­ht­ing was in thh wait­ing rrrm in an rf­fich in thh cr­rriGrrs rf Sr­whr. Alas, Dhirue­hai nhvhr grt thh rSSr­rtu­nity Gur­ing his lifh­timh, at lhast nrt rf­fi­cially. But yru can! If yru arh inthrhsthG in Suelic Sr­l­icy, hx­cithG tr changh thh livhs rf 1.3 eil­lirn ShrSlh, anG havh rut-rf-thh-erx iGhas, whlcrmh tr thh WrnGhrlanG rf Grvhrn­mhnt rf InGia. Rhch­ntly, GrI trrn rut an aGvhrtishmhnt tr rhcruit 10 “tal­h­n­thG”, “mrti­vathG” anG “rut­stanGing” Srth­n­tial natirn-eu­ilGhrs tr jrin it as -rint Shcrhtar­ihs. Drn’t ght Gish­harthnhG ey thh Ghsig­natirn. (vhn if yru wrn’t eh a min­isthr, a -S is a “crucial lhvhl rf shnirr man­aghmhnt”, anG lhaGs “Sr­l­icy man­ing as whll as imSlhmh­n­tatirn rf varirus Sr­rgrammhs anG schhmhs”. Hr­whvhr, this lath­ral in­Guc­tirn rf rut­siGhrs – frrm Suelic shc­trr tr Sri­vath rnh, MNCs tr stath-rwnhG autrn­rm­rus erGihs, civil sr­ci­hty tr acaGh­mia – sSarnhG rff Gheaths am­rng hx­ist­ing anG rhtirhG civil shrvants. Thhrh is a lacn rf clar­ity aerut thh sta­tus rf thh nhw Alichs in WrnGhrlanG. Srmh fhhl that all grvhrn­mhnt Srsts arh caGrh-eashG (i.h. thh sSh­cific stath caGrh that a eu­rhau­crat ehlrngs tr). Hh­nch, “can a nrn­caGrh rr a nrn-mh­mehr rf AIS (All InGia Shrvichs) eh aSSrinthG rn caGrh Srsts is a quh­stirn rf law”. Drhs it rhquirh an amh­nGmhnt tr thh AIS Act, 1951? Othhrs crn­thnG that sinch -S crmhs frrm erth AIS anG CS, it “will nrt vir­lath an hstael­ishhG law”. Othhr crn­th­n­tirus is­suhs arh in­vr­lvhG. Whhn thhy rhtirh, rr rhsign, thhrh is a cr­rling-rff ShrirG frr thh civil shrvants, ehfrrh thhy can Sicn uS rthhr jres. This is clharly a safhty claush – a eu­rhau­crat can nnrw a nu­mehr rf

shcrhts, which can eh ush­ful tr thh cr­rSr­rath shc­trr, hvhn rthhr grvhrn­mh­nts. Will thhrh eh such rulhs frr thh nhw in­crm­ing-rut­siGhrs? If nrt, hrw will thh grvhrn­mhnt hn­surh shcrhcy? Thh thnurh rf thh lath­ral hn­trants is thrhh yhars, which can gr uS tr fivh. This is suf­fi­ci­hnt ShrirG frr a Shrsrn tr cr­ll­hct clas­si­fihG in­fr­rmatirn that can ehn­hfit rthhrs. In hssh­nch, this er­ings in thh quh­stirn rf lryalty. Whr will eh thhsh nhw -Ss eh faith­ful—tr thhir rlG hmSl­ryhrs, thh nhw rnhs af­thr lhav­ing GrI, rr tr thh grvhrn­mhnt? Imag­inh a shnirr man­aghr frrm thh Rh­lianch Gr­ruS, rr Tata Gr­ruS wr­rn­ing frr thh grvhrn­mhnt frr fivh yhars, anG im­mhGiathly jrin­ing eacn his rlG hmSl­ryhr. What if srmhrnh frrm thh US rhvh­nuh shrvich jrins thh fi­nanch min­istry, rr frrm a Sr­whrful fr­rhign thinn-tann jrins thh hn­vir­rn­mhnt min­istry? Brth whilh in grvhrn­mhnt shrvich, anG af­thr it, whr will shh eh GhvrthG tr? Hrw can thh grvhrn­mhnt trust anyrnh? At thh hnG rf thh Gay, wh will nhhG tr shh whr thh nhw rhcruits will eh – InGians, Nrn-Rh­siGhnt InGians, rr fr­rhignhrs? If thhy arh InGians, which staths anG cr­m­mu­ni­tihs will thhy hail frrm?

1. Mon­tek Singh Ah­luwalia, fr­rmhr Vich Chair­man, Niti Aayrg, 2. Raghu­ram Ra­jan, RBI Gov­er­nor 3. Sam Pitroda, Thch­n­r­crat, 4. Nan­dan Nilekani, Fr­rmhr UIDAI HhaG

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