Delhi-based senior journalist Ashwini Shrivastava has written a first-of-its-kind book ‘Decoding Indian Babudom’ on Indian bureaucracy. This is the first book in the country ever brought out by a journalist on the country’s bureaucracy. It mentions ailments of the country’s bureaucratic system from the common man’s point of view and suggests ways to improve it through “15 sutras of good governance”. The book is recommended for civil services aspirants and those in governance to have a ‘realistic’ view of the system that governs us and also to understand the problem confronted by many in accessing the governance, says the author.
Shrivastava has highlighted possible causes of rampant organized corruption in property registry offices, Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) and civic authorities among others in the book.It also talks about red tape, ineffectiveness of administration in ensuring ease of accessing governance and existence of 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 among others in the book from the common man’s eye in an easy to read and understand format.Ashwini Shrivastava has been practicing journalism for over 15 years and is considered as a credible resource person on matters related to India’s governance, bureaucracy, Right to Information (RTI) Act and anti-corruption matters among others.
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 is an alumnus of the US-based East West Centre and fellow of Asia Journalism Fellowship (AJF), organized by the Institute of Policy Studies under the National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore. At present, Shrivastava is working with the Press Trust of India (PTI), the country’s largest news wire, at its Delhi’s office as Assistant Editor.