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Power Jokes

BUREAUCRATS are often described as an unusually serious breed of people who will look at rule books even to laugh inside their own cabins! And it's not an India centric phenomenon but a global trend created by the British Raj. Yet, in UK, people now love humour so much that the politicians who can't make fun of themselves are more vulnerable to electoral defeats. And cartoonists there get away with such objectionable humorous scenes that are strict "no" "no" in democracies like India. BoI here presents a page called "Power Jokes" putting together stories like fake office memo, monkeys' computer lessons to bureaucrats' new asset class of cows and rifles. Jokes apart, the following are the real stories that were reported on merit, and not merely because there was a fun cushion.

9 Fundas to be successful in corridors (Jan 10, 2013)
Ravi Pipal is the pen name of a senior Indian Railway Personnel Service (IRPS) officer. And he occasionally writes tongue-in-cheek pieces on corridors of power. And this one is for BoI:
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Toothache in Malaysia (April 12, 2012)
Sounds funny, but an Indian government official flying to Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur for a training programme will be in trouble if he or she has a major dental problem during the three weeks long stay there.
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An Indian bureaucrat's toothache in Malaysia 

Corridors' other Manmohan (March 13, 2012)
The Supreme Court issued a notice to Dr Manmohan Singh on a petition alleging that he helped Kadapa MP YS Jaganmohan Reddy in accumulating illegal assets. Surprised? Utterly confused? Just hold your breath. This Manmohan Singh is not the Prime Minister of India but a 1985 batch Andhra Pradesh cadre IAS.
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Manmohan Singh from Andhra Pradesh

An IAS officer ambushed by monkeys (December 14, 2011)
It's unusual that the office of Rakesh Mehta, a 1975 batch AGMU cadre IAS in Delhi, was ambushed by a few smart monkeys. The monkeys chewed the wires connected to his personal computer leaving him handicapped in the run-up to the municipal polls slated for 2012.
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IAS ambushed by monkeys

Bureaucrats' Asset Class: Cows, Rifles...(March 11, 2011) 
If you thought you would spot billionaires by scanning asset declaration papers of Bihar bureaucrats you are wrong. Bureaucrats in Bihar in fact have a wide range of asset class from cash and jewellery to cows and rifles!
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Cows, Rifles as Assets

A fake memo makes one happy, but... (March 31, 2010)
For many Central government employees, it was the Diwali coming too soon. Their joy knew no bounds when the finance ministry in an office memo dated March 27, 2010 and "duly signed" by one under secretary S Rajan Chandranaydu, announced a revised rate of Overtime Allowance. But as it turned out to be three days later, it was a fake Office Memo...“It is clarified that no such instruction has been issued by this Department or Ministry of Finance..." said the real memo dated March 30, 2010.
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It was a fake memo, says real DoPT memo