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A WELL-ARTICULATED MEMOIR OF A LIFE IN THE CIVIL SERVICE
Civil servants are the permanent executive—a bulwark of stability as regimes and policies change. They are small cogs in the large machinery that is the Indian state, yet indispensable for its efficient running. Naresh Nandan Prasad was one such cog in the wheel and an extraordinary one at that. He had the rare privilege of working in three states: Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. From this uncommon vantage point, he looks back on a long, storied career and, through that examination, investigates the role of a civil servant in the life of a nation.
Beginning with his training days at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration and his life as a young administrator caught in the hurly-burly of Indian politics, Small Cogs in a Large Wheel is an account of Prasad’s life. It examines his time in the corridors of power in Delhi and his international stints with the United Nations. Capturing the many experiences of one man’s career, the book records the political through the personal.
A candid account of an exceptional career, this is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the life of a civil servant in India, the role of the country’s civil service and the complex maze of the world of multilateral diplomacy.

About the Author

Naresh Nandan Prasad, an alumnus of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, held a double master’s degree in history and economics. Prasad’s professional career spanned almost 45 years, with about 31 years in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS, 1981 batch UP/Uttarakhand cadre) and over 14 years in the United Nations (United Nations Industrial Development Organization [UNDO] and the World Intellectual Property Organization [WIPO]). In his long career in the IAS, he gained wide administrative and technical experience at the national, state and local levels in the areas of rural and urban development, law and order management, the conduct of elections, media management, industrial policy, tourism, intellectual property rights and multilateral negotiations. Besides having worked at the Centre (Government of India), Prasad is one of the rare IAS officers to have worked in three totally diverse states of India—Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
 
 

About the Author

Naresh Nandan Prasad, an alumnus of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, held a double master’s degree in History and Economics. Prasad’s professional career spanned almost 45 years, with about 31 years in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS, 1981 batch UP/Uttarakhand cadre) and over 14 years in the United Nations (United Nations Industrial Development Organization [UNDO] and the World Intellectual Property Organization [WIPO]). In his long career in the IAS, he gained wide administrative and technical experience at the national, state and local levels in the areas of rural and urban development, law and order management, the conduct of elections, media management, industrial policy, tourism, intellectual property rights and multilateral negotiations. Besides having worked at the Centre (Government of India), Prasad is one of the rare IAS officers to have worked in three totally diverse states of India—Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
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  • ISBN: 9789357768320
  • Author: Naresh Nandan Prasad
  • Publisher: Westland Non Fiction
  • Pages: 240
  • Format: Hardback
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About the Book

A WELL-ARTICULATED MEMOIR OF A LIFE IN THE CIVIL SERVICE
Civil servants are the permanent executive—a bulwark of stability as regimes and policies change. They are small cogs in the large machinery that is the Indian state, yet indispensable for its efficient running. Naresh Nandan Prasad was one such cog in the wheel and an extraordinary one at that. He had the rare privilege of working in three states: Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. From this uncommon vantage point, he looks back on a long, storied career and, through that examination, investigates the role of a civil servant in the life of a nation.
Beginning with his training days at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration and his life as a young administrator caught in the hurly-burly of Indian politics, Small Cogs in a Large Wheel is an account of Prasad’s life. It examines his time in the corridors of power in Delhi and his international stints with the United Nations. Capturing the many experiences of one man’s career, the book records the political through the personal.
A candid account of an exceptional career, this is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the life of a civil servant in India, the role of the country’s civil service and the complex maze of the world of multilateral diplomacy.

About the Author

Naresh Nandan Prasad, an alumnus of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, held a double master’s degree in history and economics. Prasad’s professional career spanned almost 45 years, with about 31 years in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS, 1981 batch UP/Uttarakhand cadre) and over 14 years in the United Nations (United Nations Industrial Development Organization [UNDO] and the World Intellectual Property Organization [WIPO]). In his long career in the IAS, he gained wide administrative and technical experience at the national, state and local levels in the areas of rural and urban development, law and order management, the conduct of elections, media management, industrial policy, tourism, intellectual property rights and multilateral negotiations. Besides having worked at the Centre (Government of India), Prasad is one of the rare IAS officers to have worked in three totally diverse states of India—Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
 
 

About the Author

Naresh Nandan Prasad, an alumnus of St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, held a double master’s degree in History and Economics. Prasad’s professional career spanned almost 45 years, with about 31 years in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS, 1981 batch UP/Uttarakhand cadre) and over 14 years in the United Nations (United Nations Industrial Development Organization [UNDO] and the World Intellectual Property Organization [WIPO]). In his long career in the IAS, he gained wide administrative and technical experience at the national, state and local levels in the areas of rural and urban development, law and order management, the conduct of elections, media management, industrial policy, tourism, intellectual property rights and multilateral negotiations. Besides having worked at the Centre (Government of India), Prasad is one of the rare IAS officers to have worked in three totally diverse states of India—Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

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