Author: Hemashri Hazarika

What is the Othello-Boss Syndrome?

Reading Time: 5 minutesOthello had murdered his beautiful wife, suspecting infidelity due to jealousy. An Othello-boss is an insecure leader, who feels threatened, if his subordinates come up with bright ideas because he feels he is the boss, so no one has the right to think or work in a way, which gets appreciated. Such people are cancer […]

The Lost Lone Voice

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe dissidents are showed the door. In the offices, those who differ are marginalised and pushed into a corner. The institution, which could have benefited from the unique input or those who could show an alternate way are thrown out of the system and the system or community actually loses out. Where will those lone […]

Sunny Side up for Mr. Know-all: He Juggles Seven Departments

Reading Time: 4 minutesAn MBA and an arts graduate, Sunny Singh, as a senior bureaucrat, is the head of several crucial departments, few of which are technical departments. In the corporate sector, the Chief Executive Officer may remain preoccupied all the time to run just one company but here one bureaucrat runs seven huge departments, whose operations are […]

Disguised Unemployment: A Boon or Bane?

Reading Time: 5 minutesTechnology promotes transparency, which has the potential threat to unmask shady zones and erode concentration of authority. Sadly, our system is very specially designed to abort the penetration of technology in the public sector. Thus, instead of being proactive for percolation of technology, the IT department – or any other departments – has been doing […]

How Long Will the Earth, the Holy Cow and a Mother Endure!

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe earth, the holy cow, and a mother have to endure (Dharti, Maiye, aur Gaye ko sahna parta hein), says a Bihari proverb. Hemashri details the insensitivity of the bureaucratic machinery towards the sufferings of women, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. Kundal Sinha was a beautiful Manipuri woman in her early 30s. […]

Is it a Sin to be Sick?

Reading Time: 4 minutesHemashri tells us about the red-tapism and babuism in government departments to get medical bills reimbursed, in the weekly column. A Different Truths exclusive. Watching the agony of the sick one, often I wonder what actually causes sickness. Is it karmic deficit of previous births that one has to repay by enduring disease? Is it […]

Of Pizzas and Governance

Reading Time: 5 minutesHemashri likens the money back Pizza policy of Domino’s to the government departments. Sadly, no one is accountable for the huge delays – in some cases to nearly 100 years. Two state governments, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar, have brought about changes in the governance. It’s time for other state governments and the Centre to follow […]

Discretion is the Better Part of Valour

Reading Time: 5 minutesHemashri recounts how she handled a violent mob – an experience that she had shared during a training session of officers. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. He was an impressive, articulate speaker. The handsome senior was lecturing on handling law and order situation. He first gave a power point presentation […]

A Lesson on Life Management

Reading Time: 3 minutesAppearances are often deceptive. Hemashri tells us the story of Gitali, a cleaner in a government office. At a young age, life taught her much more than the books of the educated and well-placed women. Read this real-life story, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. I first saw this pretty girl, Gitali, among […]

An Invalid Character Certificate

Reading Time: 5 minutesA loose comments by a senior officer about the character of the author, in the presence of her husband – they are officers in the Assam state services – was humiliating for both of them. Hemashri bares the working of a government department, the insensitivity of some of its officers, lack of respect for women […]