Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Bureaucracy But Were Afraid to Ask

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Bureaucracy But Were Afraid to Ask

By TR Raghunandan
Penguin India
2019

Whatever its faults, the Indian bureaucracy cannot be accused of bias when it comes to confounding those who have to deal with it. Veteran insiders who return to it with their petitions after retirement are as clueless about how it functions as freshly minted supplicants. Outsiders in any case have little knowledge of who is responsible for what and why or how to navigate that critical proposal through the treacherous shoals of the secretariat.

At the top of the heap is the fast-tracked elite civil servant, who belongs to a group of generalist and specialized services selected through a competitive examination. The aura of the Indian Administrative Service has remained intact over the years.

Lack of awe, bordering on civilized disrespect, is a most effective learning tool. In this humorous, practical book, TR Raghunandan aims to deconstruct the structure of the bureaucracy and how it functions, for the understanding of the common person and replaces the anxiety that people feel when they step into a government office with a healthy dollop of irreverence.