A K Bhattacharya: Nothing personal


The government has a clear set of rules that govern even the expression of personal views by IAS officers. Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram has made an interesting comment on the conduct of senior government officials. In response to a reference in Parliament to an article written by an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer and published in a newspaper using the author’s pseudonym, Chidambaram said the writer was either “a disloyal officer or a coward or both.” The article in question criticised the conduct of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the newspaper ...