Author: Hemashri Hazarika

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 […]

Love is Not Love Till you give it Away!

Reading Time: 6 minutesHemashri pays tribute to a former IAS officer, who was also a pro bono lawyer. His immense love and compassion for others set him apart. In him, she found a friend, philosopher, and guide. Read more in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. I was completely cheesed off sitting in a sealed AC cabin, […]

A Life-Enriching Training

Reading Time: 6 minutesHemashri shares her experience of a training as a bureaucrat that enriched her. She shares her experience, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. I was nominated for a training on ‘Good Governance’, in the Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon. I started preparation for the two-week stay in Gurgaon, in 2011. Just two days […]

A Friendship Soured

Reading Time: 6 minutesHemashri recounts a painful, real-life experience, in a fictional voice, in the weekly column, exclusively for Different Truths. Syamoli still wonders whether colleagues could ever be friends! She simply wishes this was true. Friendship with women seems to be a mismatch or maybe it is nature’s curse! Reeta was her dearest colleague. Shyamoli wanted Reeta […]