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CONSTITUTIONAL QUESTIONS AND CITIZENS' RIGHTSAn Omnibus Comprising Constitutional Questions in India and Citizens' Rights, Judges and State Accountability$
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A. G. Noorani

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195678291

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195678291.001.0001

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The Civil Servants’ Truth 1

The Civil Servants’ Truth 1

(p.252) 34 The Civil Servants’ Truth1

A.G. Noorani

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This chapter examines several cases where civil servants has surreptitiously disclosed information that they felt were in public interest. 'Whistleblowers' are different from crusaders. There is a distinction between an outraged civil servant exposing a wrong and launching a crusade against the government from his perch in the secretariat. This distinction was overlooked by those who expressed support for G. R. Khairnar, the former deputy municipal commissioner of Mumbai. Moreover, a civil servant who embarks on other crusades for the sake of publicity is not exactly one to be emulated. Sardar Patel delivered one of his best speeches in the Constituent Assembly on 10 October 1949, when he took some lawmakers to task for their groundless attacks on the civil service. Patel wanted civil servants to serve as persons of integrity, rather than allow themselves to be used as instruments by politicians in power.

Keywords:   whistleblowers, crusaders, civil servants, civil service, Sardar Patel, G. R. Khairnar

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