Wanted: Plain tales from the government

About two decades ago I wrote an article complaining that Indian civil servants hardly ever wrote autobiographies. I put it down to their innate well-mannered shyness. But one of them said: “We have so much to be modest about, you see, that’s why.”   Then along came large foreign publishers with big budgets and large advances. After that, it was only a matter of time before shyness melted away like the Congress party, slowly but surely. Now hardly a month goes by without some prominent former member of the second rung of government — the first rung .....

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