And What Remains In The End: The Memoirs Of An Unrepentant Civil Servant by Robin Gupta is a personal account of the evolution of India as it developed over the course of forty years, told through the eyes of an ex-civil servant.
Summary Of The Book
In And What Remains In The End: The Memoirs Of An Unrepentant Civil Servant, author Robin Gupta provides readers with the socio-historical and economic developments that have occurred in India over the last four decades. Gupta’s memoir provides a rich account about a country that is progressive and the people who have dedicated themselves to serving India. It is a sensitive, historical, and philosophical account, of India’s growth as a nation, and the major role played by Indian civil servants in advancing it.
Written in an autobiographical style, Gupta who is an ex-civil servant served four Indian provinces, including Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Bengal, and Punjab. He also had a lengthy deputation period with Central Government, playing an active and vital role in Indian politics and governance. Since his duty as a civil servant required him to make frequent travels, he had the opportunity to travel across all of India, and other countriesaround the world.
Gupta also talks candidly about his participation in policy-making in the 36 years of his service, and also about policy development, working alongside politicians and in isolation, encountering individuals who were both concerned and apathetic, and the experience of having to traverse numerous bureaucratic channels. The memoir succeeds in leaving a legacy for younger Indians, forcing them to expand their horizons and think about how best they can serve their nation.
And What Remains In The End: The Memoirs Of An Unrepentant Civil Servant was published in 2013 by Rupa Publications.
About Robin Gupta
Robin Gupta is an author and retired civil servant. He was born in 1948 in Delhi. Gupta briefly served with the Indian Police Service before becoming an Indian Administrative Service officer in 1974. As an IAS officer, he received challenging assignments which required him to travel across the country. Gupta was also posted as a commissioner on seven different occasions, which is a record in Indian civil service history. Gupta’s final posting was in the Government of Punjab, where he was a financial commissioner.
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