The Hong Kong-based Political & Economic Risk Consultancy
in a 12-pagereport on
business survey of 12 economies of Asia released on June 3, 2009 where1,274 expatriates working in these countries were interviewed showed Indianbureaucracy at the bottom at the 12 position as the least efficient bureaucracy afterPhilippines and Indonesia in 10 and 11 positions respectively. The report says thatworking with the country’s civil servants in India is a “slow and painful” process and itcontinues to report that “They are a power centre in their own right at both the nationaland state levels, and are extremely resistant to reform that affects them or the way they goabout their duties”. This content is also the theme of this volume, “Inside India”.The cause of the malady is analysed and remedies are suggested in the article, ‘TheCrumbling Steelframe of Inda’ of this volume. The deterioration is a post-independencephenomenon. The once steelframe of Indian bureaucracy of the British vintage graduallycrumbled to its extant putridity under the sad auspice of its corrupt and incompetent
, the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) and the deterioration trickled fastdownwards in the last six decades to bring India to this sad state of affairs. “Inside India”is the story of this fast rottening situation.The story in “Inside India” is by an insider, insider in India as wll as in Indianbureaucracy for more than thirty-one years at a senior position. This volume is a firsthand account of the observations, impressions and experiences of the author as an insider.