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P S Krishnan and IAS as an Instrument of Social Change

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When I attended the cremation of P S Krishnan (1932–2019), at the Lodhi Road electric crematorium in New Delhi on 10 November 2019, the mourners were from a very diverse group of people. P S Krishnan was a revered Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of the Andhra Pradesh cadre who joined the service in 1956. The mourners were his civil service colleagues, a band of former ministers of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) times, Dalit activists, Dalit employees’ union members, communist party leaders and his family friends, and those unexpected Dalit officers with whom he developed a deep emotional bond. When his body was lifted by Dalit officers, former ministers, Dalit employees and his family members to the crematorium hall, slogans reverberated in the air: Johar! Comrade Krishnan! along with Jai Bhim! P S Krishnan!

His cremation was followed in the next few days by massive meetings all over India remembering his service, contribution and the legacy he left behind.

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Updated On : 6th Dec, 2019

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