Trifurcate the IAS to reform it

The prime minister has come down harshly on bureaucrats. His frustration is understandable. After all, both the government of India and the state governments have been (and are) run by these amateurs for the last 70 years. It is as if cabin crew are flying the plane. Over the last 41 years I have written many times about this issue, for a very simple reason. At one time eight of my uncles and cousins, not to mention my father, were in the IAS — as also about a dozen friends from college. And there were many in the other services as well. I have thus had a ringside view. They .....

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