B. S. Raghavan joined the West Bengal IAS cadre in 1952 and was the Commissioner of various Departments. He also served as the Chief Secretary of Tripura. He was Director, Political and Security Policy Planning in the Union Home Ministry and the Secretary, National Integration Council during the period of the first four Prime Ministers. He was a US Congressional Fellow and Policy Adviser to UN (FAO), and Chairman of three UN Committees. He has been chief executive of four major public sector enterprises. He is now a columnist and author, connected with social service and educational organisations.

Iron Lady or ideological die-hard?

The records Margaret Thatcher created have no parallel. She was the first woman to head the Conservative Party and that too for the longest period of 15 years, leading it to victory in three succe... »

What makes for a good-looking career

I really wonder why US President Barack Obama had to take the trouble of phoning Kamala Harris — the first Indian American to be elected California’s Attorney General — to apologise to her for pub... »

We never seem to walk the talk

Time and cost overruns are a given. »

Those were the days

Yesterday I stepped into the 62nd year of entry into the Indian Administrative Service. Standing on this vantage point, what is the panorama of public service that I see unfolding before me? Am I... »

India should network closer home

Why should India get mixed up in all sorts of bizarre combinations of nations? »

Can politics be cleansed from within?

The failure of Gandhiji and JP to leave a legacy of clean politics speaks for itself. »

Dealing with internal conflicts

People in crucial posts in the government can be fallible and vengeful. »

If only poets ruled the world…

Poets have also been movers and shakers, from Mughal times to the present. »

Change of guard in China, but little else

The all-powerful Party ensures that there are no basic policy shifts. »

Flexi-work practices under scanner

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, has ignited the prairie fire of a major controversy in the US by imposing a blanket-ban on the facility hitherto allowed to the company employees to work from home and ord... »
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