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Language: EnglishPages: 288 (9 B/W Illustrations)About the Book In 2012, a controversy over allocation of coalblocks to private companies rocked the country. The government's financewatchdog- the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) - found the government had pickedfavourites and avoided open and competitive bidding which would have generatedfar more revenue for a cash-stLanguage: EnglishPages: 288 (9 B/W Illustrations)About the Book In 2012, a controversy over allocation of coalblocks to private companies rocked the country. The government's financewatchdog- the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) - found the government had pickedfavourites and avoided open and competitive bidding which would have generatedfar more revenue for a cash-starved state. The CAG concluded that India hadlost ` 1.861akh crore (over $ 30 billion) in theprocess, all of which went to the private companies. It was the biggestrecorded seam in the history of India. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI),India's premier investigation agency, then filed an FIR against the top officerin the coal ministry-Secretary PC Parakh and industrialist Kumar MangalamBirla. Parakh had by then earned a fine reputation for ability and integrity inover three decades. as a civil servant. His stint as the top bureaucrat in thecoal ministry was his last posting in a sterling career. The FIR outraged thecivil services and corporate India and was widely condemned by theintelligentsia of the country. The book isn't just about the coal seam. It isalso about working with some of the biggest Indian politicians, starting withchief ministers of Andhra Pradesh. It is about life in the coal ministry withMamata Banerjee, Shibu Soren and Dr. Manmohan Singh, who was also the PrimeMinister. It is about the lessons learnt before Parakh met any of thesedignitaries. It is an account that startles with never-before revealed information. About the Author PC...

Title : Crusader or Conspirator? Coalgate and Other Truths
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  • Anil Swarup
    2019-05-25 08:24

    I was a fan of Mr Parakh even before I had read this book for the sheer courage he had displayed against an agency that is running riot on the back of judicial protection. This makes me a greater fan. One could relate to whatever that has been so succinctly narrated. It clearly brings out how difficult is it to be honest yet deliver. Had he been only honest and not bothered about delivering, he wouldn't have faced the music that he did. His desire to deliver even in the vitiated environment landed him in trouble, repeatedly. However, he never gave up or gave in. Truly inspirational and worthy of emulation. What is even more remarkable about the book is that it is extremely well researched. It doesn't merely provide an analyses of the malaise that has set in. It also suggests a prescription that is eminently implementable. A must read for all the bureaucrats and those that revel in only finding faults with the bureaucracy.

  • Aashish
    2019-04-26 09:31

    This book released alongside the Indian general elections, creating a general view that the book attempted to leverage the Coal scam. In reality, this book is not about the infamous Coal scam, though of course the incident is covered in reasonable detail. The author is a senior bureaucrat, who rose through the ranks to work on several important administrative positions. The book summarizes his journey through his career.The strong point of the book is that it is very straight forward and the words are not minced. The author has named all actors related to the incidents he covers. These include political leaders of all vintage, Prime Minister, Chief Ministers, central and state ministers and other bureaucrats. The author has not hesitated from crediting other bureaucrats as well - peer group recognition tends to be a rarity in biographical texts.Personally however, I thought the book was put together hastily with respect to target release date. The author's experience outside of the Coal scam has been covered in a very sketchy and expedient manner. Also the ending of the book, which is about administrative reforms made for a heavy read.Overall, the book reiterates messages around civil service decadence thanks to Indian Prime Ministers 50s through 70s. The book further provides evidence that the 1970-1985 period was the worst for Indian institutions and politics.After completing the text, I was left with an incomplete feeling. What's there is great, but you can't help but think there's a lot missing.

  • Sai Kishore
    2019-04-25 05:27

    "Irrespective of its nature - democratic,socialist,capitalist,autocratic or imperialist,the only tool available to the state to implement its policies is its civil service.The efficiency,commitment,honesty and discipline of the civil service will determine the efficacy of governance."

  • Ryan Shebeeb
    2019-05-02 01:28

    Actual content is present only in first 160 pages, rest is annexures and general information. He could have written first few chapters in detail.

  • Chandan Kumar
    2019-05-02 05:30

    How can a civil servant, pushing for transparency throughout his career, be charged as a conspirator of shoddy decisions taken by politicians? And when a renowned, honest civil servant is charged for conspiracy, who is the real conspirator?In this book, P.C. Parakh says it all. And bluntly.He also presents strong evidences for what he says. The book has a thick "Annexure", and Mr. Parakh has included in it the confidential letters and memorandums. This should shame all those who deliberately tried to delay auctions in coal blocks for their murky gains. But unfortunately, the CBI is chasing wild-goose rather than finding out who (and why) delayed these reforms.Three years back when CAG Vinod Rai reported that India lost Rs. 1.86 Lakh Crore due to coalgate scam of 218 coal blocks, the government yelled blue murder. Some of the ministers even claimed that it was a ZERO-Loss event, and CAG is lying. Today, with over 2 Lakh crore in Government's kitty with auction of only 32 coal-blocks, we can imagine how many zeroes there really were in the making of Colgate scam!Overall, the book is a fantastic read.

  • Anandraj R
    2019-05-06 06:16

    A brief account on the COALGATEP.C Parakh's 'Crusader or Conspirator' is an example of how the civil servants/Public enterprise managers are bullied by the politicians in India.Parakh fought hard for the big ticket reforms in Coal ministry like Commercial mining, Allocation of coal blocks thru open bids & Emarketing of coal. He briefs how coal mafia has influenced every decision that were to be taken. Parakh has also got few suggestions for the future civil servants. A very good read!

  • Vijay Bishnoi
    2019-05-20 02:11

    It seems that author trying to portray himself as the most honest person and put the onus of all wrong deeds on other has been divided into very short chapters, without any depth..while reading book one feels that author lack proper articulation..overall one can avoid reading this book.. For civil services aspirant last chapters on honesty, integrity, some case studies may be useful..

  • paramvir
    2019-05-14 04:31

    a very good description of life of a civil servant and the struggles he faces during his job. Also the author comes out as a very honest and dedicated civil servant through his narration. it also reflects upon the descendants that had set in the public life of the country and the need for vigil if democracy is to be saved in the country.overall a very nice read.

  • Sachin Kamboj
    2019-05-07 08:18

    This kind of book is a welcome step from the retired officers who share their work experience and provide insider view of the working culture of government institutions!!!

  • Amrit Pradhan
    2019-05-18 08:11

    Precisely written TRUTH

  • Nilesh
    2019-04-24 05:02


  • Hrishikesh
    2019-05-24 02:32

    Highly instructive read. First-hand account into how degraded and decayed the annals of power have become in India. P. C. Parakh's contribution to India is enormous and inspiring.