Young Turks hosted by popular business news anchor Shereen Bhan. The video of Krishna’s talk is available in YouTube. Krishna says there are IAS “who are corrupt, who steal and do all kind of stuff”. “They should be hanged. No doubt about that. Hang them in India Gate. But don't tar everyone with the same brush,” adding that there are many proactive civil servants undertaking tough jobs and that too in circumstances where most private sector executives may not like to be in. The IAS officer was replying to a question on how hard it is to be a “disruptive babu”.
Krishna gave an example of an IAS officer (with degrees from IIT and IIM) serving in a border district of the North-eastern state of Tripura, something many a bright private sector executive may hesitate to pursue.
He also elaborated how for every wrong there is a tendency to blame the government and the bureaucrat. “If the cow next door does not give milk...the government is to be blamed. There must be some babu doing something wrong,” he quips.
He said Bengaluru is not just the IT capital of India but the IT capital of the world after the Silicon Valley, and there will be 2 million IT professionals in Bengaluru by 2020. Krishna had earlier worked very closely with Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and played a key role in making Hyderabad an IT hub.
An MA in international studies from Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University and MBA from Harvard University, Krishna topped the civil services examination. Three years ago, a Bollywood thriller “Shanghai” was made on Krishna’s life (actor Abhay Deol playing the role of a Tamilian IAS officer in this Dibakar Banerjee film). In the film, Krishna himself turned a singer, singing “Vishnu Sahasranamam Mantra”.