Posted by Ratish Naroor | Posted in Indian Corruption | Posted on 27-12-2011
I hate when I find the smartest and brilliant Indians are forced to get stuck in job transfers because of not obliging to the corrupted Kerala politicians. Raju Narayanaswamy is among that. He was the best when it comes to academic excellence and also when it comes to professional practices. He did the best job when he was in service and the political party made use of his strict practices to get political benefits to their opposition party.
First of all, a little bit about Raju Narayanaswamy :
Raju Narayana Swamy is an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer. He is presently Secretary, General Education, Government of Kerala.
Narayana Swamy was born into a middle class Kerala Iyer family from Changanassery, Kerala, India. He has a bachelors degree in Computer Science from Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He reportedly turned down a MIT Scholarship in order to pursue a career with the Indian Administrative Service. He also ranked 1st in the 1991 Civil Services Examination and entered the Indian Administrative Service.
Narayana Swamy is a prolific writer with 23 books to his credit. His work Santhimantram Muzhangunna Thazvarayil (Travelogue) won the 2004 Kerala Sahitya Akademi award. Among his recent works include Niram Mangiya Vazhithara, which is a translation of The Road of Lost Innocence, the English version of the French memoirs by Somaly Mam. He also has a passion for Mathematics and Physics which he opted as subjects for the Civil Services Examination.
Here are some of the strict actions he took when in service .
A real estate agent wanted to fill up a paddy field which is banned under law. An application came up before Narayanaswamy who was sub collector the, for an exemption from this rule for this plot of land. Upon visiting the site he found that the complaint from 60 poor families that they will face water logging due to the waste water from a nearby Government Medical College if this paddy field was filled up was correct. Narayanswamy came under intense political pressure but he did what was right – refused permission for filling up the paddy field. That was his first confrontation with politicians.
As district Collector he raided the house of a liquor baron who had defaulted Rupees 11 crores payment to government and carried out revenue recovery. A Minister directly telephoned him and ordered to return the forfeited articles to the house of the liquor baron. Narayanswamy politely replied that it is difficult. The minister replied that Narayanaswamy will suffer.
In his district it was a practice to collect crores of rupees for earthen bunds meant for poor farmers, but which were never constructed. A bill for rupees 8 crores came up before Narayanaswamy. He inspected the bund. He found it very weak and said that he will pass the bill after the rainy season to ensure that the bund served the purpose. As expected the earthen bund was too weak to stand the rain and it disappeared in the rain. But he created a lot of enemies for saving 8 crores public money. The net result of all such unholy activities was that he was asked to go on leave by the government. Later such an illustrious officer was posted as “State Co-Ordinator, Quality Improvement Programme for Schools”. This is what the politician will do to a honest officer with backbone – post him in the most powerless position to teach him a lesson. Since he found that nothing can be achieved for the people if he continued with the State Service he opted for central service. But that too was denied on some technical ground.
What will you do when you have a brilliant computer career anywhere in the world you choose with the backing of several advanced technical papers too published in international journals to your credit?
Here are some genuine comments on raju narayanaswamy who showed a strong back bone to Kerala politicians :
“I still remember the speech he gave on the occasion of felicitation ceremony conducted in our college to congratulate him on his success as IAS topper. He is a down to earth GENIUS. I always felt if he would have been in the scientific world he could have invented something. Because he was so brilliant in Maths & Physics, his favourite subjects. I feel he should be a role model to the new generation & if some of them follow his footsteps, it will be a great movement in our country. I think down the line some generation may fed of these corrupted people & start acting against them, a kind of movement like “For the People”. Thats what our country need now.”
“These politicians have paralysed the whole system.. The youth today is striving for personal welfare only going for MBA and MS in foreign universities.If a person like Mr Raju who could have opted for abroad studies chose civil service in order to serve the nation why can’t we.We think what can we do single handedly for the nation which is so vast and where corruption has its roots upto unimaginable depths but this kind of attitude in not going to help the situation.I know that the results of these efforts may not be very fast and obvious but atleast trying to clean the mess is much better than just staring and commenting on the shortcomings of our nation.If the youth today starts working in this direction,then the day is not far when the things like poverty,corruption will become the things of past as are Britishers now after the independence………”
“Raju is a fantastic gentleman. A savant in maths and physics, but academically bright people often seldom find themselves throttled in working with corrupt dubious politicians. They are not so called tactful in buttering the back side of politicians and in doing social good often end up as bureaucratic pariahs. Hats off to the boy for his integrity and high standards of morality. A social role model but an unhappy man on personal and professional front. God bless him”
“Raju has been my juinor in school and college, and his dad my professor in college. He is really unmatched in many ways. In school and collge he was knowledgable than many of the teachers, but was always humble and down-to-earth. I remember one case when teacher didnt give him 100% for some of his answers in exam. Although he got 100% total marks as he had answered all optional questions also, he approached teacher and had discssion on these answers and was able to convince that they were right. Most students wont care to do this as anyway they got 100% total marks. I am proud to have been associated with Raju even though in a small way in those days. We need people like him to take this country to the right path.”