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Central Administration in India

Satish C. Seth (Author)
Synopsis The Central Administration in India is a product of history. The British began their political operations consequent to the territorial annexation and allied subjugation of the indigenous ruling authorities and demanded that the Crown be satisfied by the local governance for its actions in terms of accountability and probity. As India grew and got enfigured as a Jewel in the Crown of the British Empire, many administrative essentials based on the British governance in the United Kingdom were replicated in the Indian context. Identically, the same British practices of recruitment of Civil Services and its overseeing by the Governor-in-Council and subsequently by the Legislatures as they emerged in terms of time, became the law of the land in India and in the Dominions as well. Independent India thus inherited, as did many other Commonwealth countries, certain basics and fundamentals of administrative structure and of administrative practice integral to the colonial governance. This book closely examines what were those fundamentals and what were its variations in India, Australia, New Zealand and Canada from the prime practices in the U.K. In a sense thus, this book constitutes a, Period History. The imprint of the past can easily be seen even today with minor modification. For instance, if an official of the East India Company could not buy a horse without the knowledge and approval of the competent authority, today, the word, ‘horse’ stands replaced by the word, property, ‘mobile or otherwise’ in todays conduct rules of civil servants. If the political stance of the imperial era has had its tamp, the independent India has not been oblivious of modernisation of the administrative system. This book captures the first two decades of such changes. It indeed is an outstanding work of research and scholarship for the students and teachers, who are engaged in studying and teaching Public Administration in India and in the Commonwealth. Today’s India is committed to liberalisation, globalisation which, shorn of its political overtones demands a new Administrator, who should be an effective manager and a specialist to boot. The 21 century is an era of science and technology with its attendant impact on all systems, in particular, the ‘good governance’. This scholarly book offers reasonable guidelines so that in future the Indian administrative system, take rapid steps for and towards speedy socio-economic development.
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About the author

Satish C. Seth

Dr. S.C. Seth has been a Science and Education administrator. He is an internationality known scholar in the field of future studies and has been a pioneer of futurology movement in India. He holds Ph.Ds from Agra University and Manchester University (UK.) He has been the Member Secretary of the Futurology Panel of the Government of India (1973-83). He is a fellow of the World Federation of Futures Studies and Member of the World Future Society. He is also Founder Member of the Indian Society of Training and Development. The Indian Council of Management and Future and the Centre of Anticipatory Management. He has delivered lectures in several universities in the UK, the USA and China. In Futurology his major contribution has been the 'Seth-Harva method of Scenario Building, which is now a standard methodology adopted all over by Systems Analysis and Futurology Experts. In Public Administration his scholarly reputation is linked to the Seth's Amendment to Parkison's law while enunciating the Seth's law of Hirarical Parallels and the law of Civilian Mercenaries. Highly noteworthy is his mathematical deduction of Power Play in a Pyramid when what with full of bloated bureaucracy the Ministeries and Departments indeed are. Dr. Seth's other important books are 'Future Scan and Anticipatory Management' (UNESCO enlisted book), India: The Next 7000 days (Wiley) and the famous novel, "The Pak File". (VIKAS). Recently, the American Bibliography Institute has selected and documented Dr. SEth's contributions in their premier edition entitled "Great Minds of the 21st Century".

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Bibliographic information

Title Central Administration in India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121208203
length 400p., Tables; Reference; Figure; Index; 23cm.