Monday, January 04, 2010
Having said that, let's acknowledge the fact that not all Indian bureaucrats become super humans with spotless personal and professional credentials. Some of them overtly misuse their official power and position for pure personal gains, be it materialistic or egoistic in nature, and a few of them become utterly careless in day-to-day affairs, making themselves vulnerable to a potential expose' that may end their career abruptly.
If you have not so far figured out what makes babu blogger to write this editorial piece rather than spoting yet another news or trend on babudom this Monday morning, here it is. Mahatrashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan ordered on Saturday night the suspension of five Mumbai cops including deputy commissioner of police Vishwas Salve and assistant commissioner of police Prakash Wani after they were seen drinking and dancing in a party organised by men from the underworld.
Yes, if those cops were actually present in a party organised by an aide of an urderworld don as was shown in TV clippings, the law should take its own course and the hitherto law-enforcers should be punished. But the TV channels' repeated telecast of the cops dancing in that controversial Christmas party tends to influence the public opinion in favour of a more generalised perception that Indian "corrupt bureaucrats, mainly the police officers" usually drink and dance in parties and behave rudely with anyone and everyone.
Here is my bottomline: there is nothing wrong for a bureaucrat in partying in a club or dancing in a disco so long as some basic due dilligence is done. Yes, you can't afford to be with criminals whatsoever. But partying per se can't be an offense. Rather, there should be a conscious attempt on the part of some of the stuborn civil servants to change their image, for which regular partying among others could be a helpful tool. In this regard, vast majority of Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officers coupled with those in armed forces score better than IAS, IPS and others in allied services. And if you are a party man, why can't you be candid rather than to be seen as a hypocrat? After all, you need to de-stress yourself if you seriously want to wok harder and emerge as Dhoni or Tendulkar of bureaucracy during the time of appraisal.
Yes, you must party hard, but work harder.
Also Read: Three things an Indian bureaucrat must not do (December 28, 2009)
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