Fall from Grace – Memoirs of a Rebel IAS Officer, the autobiography of V. Balasubramanian, an officer of the 1965 batch of the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) belonging to the Karnataka cadre, is able to have a launch in Kannada, following the recognition of the English e-book since its launch in March, 2022.
Mr. Balasubramanian labored below completely different Chief Ministers of Karnataka from Veerendra Patil, Devaraj Urs, Gundu Rao, Ramakrishna Hegde, S.M. Krishna, and others. He held numerous posts that helped him see historical past unfold, similar to Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate for six years in Bengaluru in the course of the Emergency. The e-book is a mirrored image of his experiences working with these political leaders and different bureaucrats for a number of years.
With eight CMs
Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Balasubramanian mentioned, “The book was written two years ago and released last year. The title Fall from Grace reflects the fall of the so-called four pillars or four estates of any State. It is about the fall of the political establishments, the bureaucracy, and the judiciary, and the fourth pillar being the press or the media. I have worked with close to eight Chief Ministers of Karnataka, from the time of Veerendra Patil from 1967 to S.M. Krishna. Post my retirement I have also worked with Chief Ministers like B.S. Yediyurappa and H.D. Kumaraswamy.“
“In the IAS you get a chance to closely observe Chief Ministers, Prime Ministers, MLAs, and other bureaucrats. One gets to witness incidents that never come out in the open. When we are being trained to become an IAS Officer, we are asked to keep our eyes and ears open, but our mouth shut. But post-service or retirement we have no restrictions, which is why I have written this book. Putting together instances from the last five decades and my varied experiences before and after becoming an IAS officer,“ Mr. Balasubramanian added.
Proudly calling himself a “rebel”, Mr. Balasubramanian mentioned, “An IAS officer is usually a very compliant person… they go along with the tides and take whatever benefits the job has to offer.” He cited cases from his profession when he bucked this pattern and did what he thought was proper. For occasion, as Assistant Commissioner in Lingasagur, Raichur district, he caught a cupboard minister for non-payment of presidency dues. The particular person took the difficulty all the way in which to the then chief minister Veerendra Patil asking that he be transferred, however he latter didn’t oblige.
Why in Kannada
Sharing why the e-book was translated to Kannada, Mr. Balasubramanian mentioned since many of the incidents cited within the e-book occurred in Karnataka, it made sense to launch it within the language of the state, “Once the book was released last year, it got very good reviews and response from across the State. Many of my close friends and ex-colleagues said the book was very interesting, had a journalistic touch to it, and it was important to have the book released in Kannada as I have cited many incidents that happened in Karnataka.”
Titled Kalyana Keduva Hadi in Kannada, the e-book has been translated by well-known Kannada creator N. Sandhya Rani. The e-book shall be launched on October 2, at 10 a.m., IAS Association Hall, Infantry Road.