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Haksar and the IAS

In ‘A System of Decay’ (April 5), in the review of the book The Changing Face of Bureaucracy: Fifty Years of the IAS, the reviewer cites the author Sanjoy Bagchi as saying that the decay of the IAS began with Indira Gandhi’s internal emergency and implies P N Haksar supported it.

I was the editor-in-chief of PTI when the Emergency was proclaimed and it is within my personal knowledge that when Indira Gandhi convened the council of ministers to have the emergency endorsed, the only two voices in dissent were that of Swaran Singh, and Haksar who was then deputy chairman of the Planning Commission.

Chakravarthi Raghavan

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