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Managing the State

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The article “Has the IAS Failed the ­Nation? An Insider’s View” by Naresh Chandra Saxena (EPW, 23 June 2018) is welcome not only for initiating discussion on a topic that most citizens are loath to discuss, but also for highlighting issues that few are aware of.

At the outset, it is necessary to posit that the metamorphosing of the Indian Civil Service (ICS) into the latter-day ­Indian Administrative Service (IAS) has not been all that smooth. Sardar Patel, as home minister, elaborated on the ICS as a service that had elements of subservience and fealty to the Empire and the Crown, and reasoned that a country emerging from the shackles of colonialism had to have an all-India service where the aspirations of the state needed to be tackled in an atmosphere of secularism and equality. Thus the IAS was born. 

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Updated On : 6th Jul, 2018

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