4 min read.Updated: 05 Jan 2017, 12:53 AM ISTKunal Singh
Written from the perspective of a practitioner, Shivshankar Menon's book nonetheless maintains a scholarly gaze
When Shivshankar Menon was appointed foreign secretary in 2006 by the Manmohan Singh government, 15 officers senior to him were overlooked. Supersessions are controversial in nature: Those apprehensive of the politicization of senior appointments argue that the objectivity of seniority criterion is better than the subjectivities of merit. What extra merit, they ask, does the second or third in queue offer to justify incentivizing wrong traits in the army or the bureaucracy?