He was the IAS topper of 1956 batch, and is hence14 years senior to current cabinet secretary KM Chandrasekhar. A bureaucrat to the core, Mr Bhargava who joined Maruti in 1981 and chose not to return to IAS, has remained the chairman of the carmaker. He was the second MD of the company, V Krishnamurthy being the first. Hailing from a middle class family of Dehradun where his father worked in Forest Research Institute, Mr Bhargava betted on Maruti as it was a dream project of both Mrs Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.
Jagdish Khattar, 1965 batch UP cadre IAS
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