Delhi-based senior journalist Ashwini Shrivastava has written a first-of-its-kind book ‘Decoding Indian Babudom’ on Indian bureaucracy.
The book mentions ailments of the country’s bureaucratic system from the common man’s point of view and suggests ways to improve it.
It highlights the possible causes of rampant organized corruption in property registry offices, RTOs and civic authorities etc.
The book talks about red tape, the ineffectiveness of administration in ensuring ease of accessing governance and the existence of an unprofessional approach from a large number of ‘public servants’ towards the public.
The author also weighs the efficacy of the country’s administrative system, recruitment agencies and anti-corruption watchdog in the book. The book, a first by a journalist on bureaucracy, suggests 15 sutras of good governance to ensure effective and efficient administration in the country.
Ashwini Shrivastava, who hails from Bhopal, has been practising journalism for over 15 years and is considered a credible resource person on India’s governance matters, bureaucracy, Right to Information (RTI), and anti-corruption.
Ashwini is one of the few journalists in the country who regularly exercises his Right to Information (RTI) in journalism by getting governance-related details from different central government departments.
He was born and brought up in Bhopal and has travelled abroad and widely within the country with VVIPs, including former Presidents and Vice presidents of India.
He is an alumnus of the US-based East-West Centre and Asia Journalism Fellowship (AJF), organized by the Institute of Policy Studies under the National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore.
Presently, he is working with the Press Trust of India (PTI), the country’s largest news wire, at its Delhi office as an Assistant Editor.