gfiles magazine

March 9, 2012

Brothers in arms

grievance amitabh thakur
Brothers in arms
A recent incident in Uttar Pradesh’s Basti district has once again put the limelight back on the ‘rivalry’ between two premier services in India, the IAS and the IPS
 recent event in Basti, a far-off district in eastern Uttar Pradesh, made big splashes all over the country, more so in bureaucratic circles. It was the alleged outburst and abusive language used by Anurag Srivastava, the then Commissioner of Basti, against Mohit Gupta, then posted as Superintendent of Police, Siddharthnagar. Later, many versions of the story appeared in the media, making it appear as a spat between our two premier services—the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS).
The IAS and IPS, as we all know, are the two most powerful pillars of the Indian administrative structure. People are heard using the words IAS lobby and IPS lobby, ascribing meanings to how officials of these two services function. It is also a common perception that the associations of IAS and IPS officers are powerful enough to make....Readmore

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