While every nation has to have a bureaucracy, the shape it takes, the role it performs and the salience it has in the eco system of governance depends largely on the vision of those who were instrumental in setting it up, the confidence they had in working with them, the mode of selection as well as the conventions which are laid down by the founding fathers of the nation. This in turn depends on the experience of those who were at the helm at the time of the establishment of the Service.
This paper will take a look at the role of Sardar Patel, not just in the making of the IAS, but also the retention of the ICS, and laying the foundation of an ideal relationship between the political leadership and the permanent civil service. It was a relationship of trust and mutual confidence backed by Constitutional Guarantee, an absolutely fair and transparent system of selection, besides inculcating, by example, a sense of patriotism and nation building among them. By placing on the nascent civil service the role of keeping India united, Patel made them responsible for this mammoth task, which we take for granted today, but which at the time of Independence was fraught with many an uncertainty . It will also examine Patel’s experience in public life: as the Mayor of Ahmedabad Corporation, as the leading light of the INC and the Gujarat Congress and later as the Home Minister in the Interim cabinet, and the possible impact it may have had on his views on the civil service.
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