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Straight from the Specialists

A gift for Mahatma Gandhi

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(Rajan Ghotgalkar is Managing Director of Principal Pnb Asset Management Company. The views expressed in this column are his own and do not represent those of either Principal Pnb or Reuters)

Having replaced the feudal princes by colonising India, the British Civil Service carried on with the master-subject relationship which, understandably, entitled them to huge discretionary powers.

In fact at the district level, collectors (civil service officers) were both administration and judiciary, virtually masters of their entire jurisdiction.

After getting rid of the British and having renamed the ICS to IAS, we took away the discretionary powers of civil servants but promptly surrendered them to the “people’s representatives” in the government.

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