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Recasting Public Administration in IndiaReform, Rhetoric, and Neoliberalism$
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Kuldeep Mathur

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780199490356

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199490356.001.0001

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Administrative System

Administrative System

Early Assessment

(p.7) 1 Administrative System
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Kuldeep Mathur

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights the characteristics of the inherited colonial administration and how the mythology of a caring and responsive administration was created and perpetuated in independent India. The members of the civil service who held key positions in the erstwhile colonial administration were hailed as ‘guardians’ with corresponding behavioural attributes. Successive civil service has held those qualities worth emulating. Soon, demands for a new kind of ‘developmentalist’ administrator were raised without any effort to change the administrative system structurally.

Keywords:   colonial administration, independent India, civil service, ‘guardians’, ‘developmentalist’ administrator

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