The need for a more professional bureaucracy
Growing governance and development complexities require innovative ideas
Very often, context overshadows content in politics and public discourse. Therefore, it is not surprising that Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s call for reforms in the bureaucracy did not attract much popular attention. After top bureaucrats in the Delhi state administration decided to go on mass casual leave to protest the suspension of two of their colleagues, Kejriwal argued in favour of bringing professionals into the government, which will infuse energy and ideas in governance. Certainly, the issue that led to the tussle between the elected government of Delhi and its officers could have been managed better, but there is merit in considering what Kejriwal suggested.