ETHICAL DILEMMAS OF A CIVIL SERVANT - Anil Swarup

About the Book

What is ethics? How important is ethics in the context of governance? What are the challenges that hinders an officer’s pursuit of ethical conduct? Does it pay to remain ethical while the unethical, seemingly, rules the roost? Is it worth paying the price of being ethical? These questions are but refrains of the thought process of every civil servant: new and seasoned. These questions cloud his judgment. And also affect his productivity. For some unlucky few, these questions may even bring forth a lifetime of torment. Even more unfortunate are those whose conscience never raises these questions.

What makes matters worse is the absence of any well-defined, legally tenable, and universally acceptable model code of conduct for officers that defines ethics. Coupled with political vendetta this spells the perfect recipe for disaster for them.

This book is an attempt to contextualise a framework that will help civil servants make a learned decision in the face of the aforementioned questions. It is an aid to help them find their moral compass.

About the Author

During his career spanning 38 years, Anil Swarup attempted to 'make it happen'. Born in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh, he earned his Master's Degree in Political Science from Allahabad University in 1978 where he was also awarded the Chancellor's Gold Medal for being the Best All Round Student. Before joining the Indian Administrative Service (1AS) in 1981; he served the Indian Police Service for a year. He won the Director's Gold Medal for the best Officer Trainee at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration amongst the officers of his batch. As a civil servant, he held various assignments within both the State (Uttar Pradesh) and Central Government. During the final years of his career, he served as Secretary to Government of India in the Ministry of Coal where he handled the aftermath of the coal scam. Thereafter, he served as Secretary, School Education and Literacy, where he attempted to foster public private partnership to improve quality of school education.

As a strategic thinker and an innovative leader, he won several awards and nominations, the prominent ones being: Nominated as one of the Policy Change Agent by The Economics Times during the years 2010, 2012, 2015 & 2016. He was selected as one of the 35 Action Heroes in India Today's 35' Annual Edition.

He is the Founder Chairman of Nexus of Good: an initiative towards recognising positive action and providing inspiration to the society at large to replicate them. He is also the author of the bestseller 'Not Just a Civil Servant'.

Few Reviews of the Book

"Every civil servant should read this book, preferably at the beginning of his or her career, and every five years there after."

Gurcharan Das
Author, Commentator Public Intellectual

"A masterly analysis of the concept of ethics in governance, the temptations to deviate from ethical conduct and the challenges in pursuing such a course."

Surendra Singh
Fmr. Cabinet Secy., Government of India

"The book is a great contribution to understanding and appreciating the multiple issues faced by our administrators."

Tarun Das
Mentor, CII

"The new entrants to the civil services will be well advised to read the book"

Prabhat Kumar
Fmr. Governor, Jharkhand and Fmr. Cabinet Secy., Government of India

"A remarkable treatise on expanding a rather complex thought on the subject of leadership into a more universal and easily comprehensible methodology as well as a personality trait..."

Mukund Kaushal
Fmr. Police Commissioner. Delhi

"An outstanding book for those fresh in service and those still willing to learn."

Yogendra Narain
Fmr. Chief Secy., Uttar Pradesh and Fmr. Secy. General, Lok Sabha

"An excellent addition to the literature on public governance."

B K Chaturvedi
Fmr. Cabinet Secy., Gol and Fmr. Member, Planning Commission

"An important- and quite interesting - book for all those interested in matters of governance and leadership."

Vineet Nayar
Fmr. CEO, HCL Technologies and Founder Chairman, Sampark Foundation