The growing trend of retired IAS and IPS officers contesting elections has triggered a debate. Will Parliament function better with the infusion of Babus? Meanwhile, the apex court has turned down petitions to enforce a cooling off period.
The oft heard, recent temptation towards the omni potent political power is too much for the buereacrats to resist for obvious reasons. The Indian political clouds are murkier with sneaking scams and corruption, and when it is read along with the news of soaring IAS officers who are reluctant to file their income, the answer is that simple. The decades old servility now tends to take seat on wheels of power. The hitherto implementors yearn very much to turn planners, though not for the welfare of the society.That many officers rush to throw their hats into the legislature ring may leave the political bosses fret and fume.
7/D-99 K. Suresh
Life is beautiful since there is never an end to acquiring knowledge however long one might live (so long as one has an open and curious and inquiring mind, as you have displayed)!
@Ramesh Ramachandra - Thanks for the clarification. I didn't know it can be used as a transitive verb.
5/D-75 - K. SURESH, Bangalore >> "Insinuate???"
Yes, Sir, "Insinuate":-
(i): Merriam Webster Dictionary: "to gradually make (yourself) a part of a group, a person's life, etc., often by behaving in a dishonest way."
(ii): Chambers Twentieth Dictionary: "to creep or flow in: to enter gently; to obtain access by flattery or stealth."
(iii): Oxford Dictionary: "Manoeuvre oneself into (a favourable position) by subtle manipulation."
@Ramesh Ramachandra - "They even insinuate their relatives into such posts."
IAS officers will game the rickety Indian adminstrative system even if they don't enter politics. Every single post in the various Regulatory Authorities, Central and State Adminstrative Tribunals and many gubernatorial sinecures in the states, are occupied by these babus, even if they are rank incompetents. They even insinuate their relatives into such posts. Cases in point are (1) K. K. Paul, Governor of Meghalaya, husband of Omita Paul - this lady is the rare execption of not having been being an IAS officer but still wielding extraordinary power; she is Secretary to President Pranab Mukherjee (and wherever Pranab went, Omita was sure to go!), and (2) Shekhar Dutt, a lacklustre babu and brother-in-law of Pulok Chatterjee, Principal Secretary to the present PM, who is Governor of Chattisgarh. In all this manipulation, the politicians who eat out of the babus' hands are shamelessly complicit. All this at the expense of the efficiency and integrity of government.
"The growing trend of retired IAS and IPS officers contesting elections has triggered a debate. Will Parliament function better with the infusion of Babus?"
It will certainly better than one family running the show!
The parasites in Indian bureaucracy in New Delhi has deep claws and roots, is the implication of this story. No matter who comes to power, these babus control the ship, and they have also been entering politics like Manmohan Singh, Kapil Sibal and others, and these babus children also run the media, like Sagarika Ghose (Bhaskar Ghose's (babu in charge of Prasar Bharathi) daughter) and Rajdeep Sardesai. It is only happy incestuous family in New Delhi -- India would do better to move the capital out of New Delhi to destroy these parasites and their network that feeds off the blood and sweat of Indians.
The growing dienchantment with the political corruption, and the lack of any power to do anything about it ( except join politics ), harks back to the ineeficient / corrupt judicial system that is plaguing the system.
The other half of the babus enter politics because of the bigger money there.
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