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Foreword - India on My Mind

Gadagkar, R (2021) Foreword - India on My Mind. [Book Chapter]

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I am delighted to see this collection of articles by Uday Balakrishnan becoming available to a broad readership and thank Uday for asking me to write the Foreword. I first met Uday in his capacity as Registrar of the Indian Institute of Science (IISc); he had taken charge of this onerous responsibility on lien from the Indian Postal Service. I had to go to see him numerous times to sort out one bureaucratic problem or another. I have generally had complicated relationships with bureaucrats, not because any of them were difficult persons but because bureaucrats have tied those they are supposed to serve as well as themselves in so many intertwined knots that no one really knows how to begin to untie them. My bureaucrat friends have repeatedly reminded me of JBS Haldane’s lament” is the intolerable conditions imposed by bureaucrats, and not the low salaries or the lack of equipment, which cause so many Indians to take up posts abroad”1. But Uday was refreshingly different. He solved all my problems sometimes at the cost of annoying his superiors, and especially his subordinates.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Publisher: Centre for Policy Studies
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2021 09:19
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2021 09:19
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/68667

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