Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Did you miss Khemka’s “Sicilian mafia” comment? And guess why Shailaja Chandra was so happy on Tuesday

Ashok Khemka
DID you miss how Haryana IAS Ashok Khemka compared Vyapam of Madhya Pradesh with Sicilian mafia? Or what former Kerala IAS K Mohandas witnessed in London last week?  And guess which of the two --IAS or IPS Association -- actually condemned “threats and intimidation” of Amitabh Thakur? Finally, why was former IAS Shailaja Chandra so happy on Tuesday? Read on:

1. Ashok Khemka, 1991 batch Haryana cadre IAS who took on Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra on a land deal, commented on Madhya Pradesh’s Vyapam scam last week. “Vyapam deaths point to worse and scarier scenario than the Sicilian mafia. Stop the rot in public appointments. Supreme Court must step in,” he tweeted last Tuesday. Vyapam is an admission and recruitment scam that involves politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen in BJP-ruled state of Madhya Pradesh. Significantly, Khemka is the secretary and director general of Archaeology and Museums department of government of Haryana, a state currently being ruled by the BJP.

2. Former IAS officer Shailaja Chandra who calls herself an independent policy analyst and “always apolitical” asked thsi query on Tuesday: “You know why I am happy today?” Then she continued: “Because we have a few Supreme Court judges left who treat a crime as a crime no matter how high culprits are.” She was apparently commenting on the IPL (Indian Premier League) verdict by the Supreme Court-appointed panel which barred two IPL teams, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, from participating in the game for two years.

3. Niharika Rai, an IAS officer of 2005 batch, currently serving as DM and DC of South Delhi, tweeted this last Saturday, the day Delhi witnessed massive downpour. “Pl call 1077,our disaster mgt helpline in case of any water logging, flooding or buildings getting dangerous for habitation in this weather.” DCP of North Delhi Madhur Verma too issued a similar statement in social media.

4. And then what former shipping secretary and 1974 batch retired Kerala cadre IAS K Mohandas saw in London? “A facet of London I had never seen: strike on London tube; total dislocation of public transport. And nonchalant acceptance by the people,” he tweeted last Thursday.

5. IAS (Central) Association on Monday tweeted: “We strongly condemn threats and intimidation to police officers and civil servants. False cases against Amitabh Thakur is travesty of justice.” Thakur is a 1992 batch IPS officer against whom an FIR was registered on a rape charge, just a day after the IPS officer had lodged a police complaint against Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for threatening him. But is IPS (Central) Association on the same page with the IAS Association on this issue? 


  1. Brilliant bullet news. Your website is getting interesting and innovative day by day. Good to dig into the tweets of IAS, IFS officers. Their tweets are far more grounded in reality than the tweets of armchair writers and celluloid personalities. Get tweet accounts of all IAS officers post 1975 batches - retired or working - and then see a brand new world open up. Websites like yours and Social networking are the most powerful medium in this age. I have both a Facebook and Twitter account. Dig deeper and Keep it up.

  2. The verdict by the Supreme Court-appointed 3-member panel barring two IPL teams (CSK and RR) from participating in the game for two years, is inconclusive. At least,so it seems.
    All bigwigs ( A dozen or so) have been left out.
    Dhoni due to his close nexus with Gurunath, Pawar, Rajiv Shukla, FM Arun Jaitley and many more ,who were closely associated with international cricket , have gone scot free.
    Travesty of Justice.

    A K Saxena (A retd civil servant)

  3. The condescending and ,at times, supercilious attitude of the political class towards the bureaucrats is becoming increasingly uncivil .
    This is most reprehensible.

    Can't the law makers frame a CODE OF CONDUCT for regulating their own behaviour. ?

    A K Saxena (A retd civil servant)