This book provides a comprehensive overview of India’s public services and bureaucratic systems, and explores why widespread corruption and inefficient delivery have slowed development. It:

  • discusses the underlying reasons for the prevailing inefficiency in public services;
  • examines the complex linkages between ethics-based public service, India’s cultural and spiritual heritage, and its current economic development model; and
  • outlines ways to create an ethics code and an environment that is conducive to better administration and good governance.

Lucid, accessible, and meticulously researched, this will prove essential to scholars and students of public administration, governance studies and political science, particularly bureaucrats, policy-makers and civil service aspirants.

part I|32 pages


chapter 1|18 pages

The Rise of Modern State

chapter 2|12 pages

Ingredients of Good Governance

part II|35 pages

Values and Character-Making

chapter 3|14 pages

Fundamental Values for Humanity

part III|55 pages

Indian Administration through the Ages

chapter 6|10 pages

Ancient Indian Polity

chapter 8|12 pages

Kautilya: The Art of Governance

chapter 9|9 pages

The Medieval Administration

chapter 10|12 pages

The British Administration

part IV|69 pages

Contemporary India

chapter 11|16 pages

Indian Polity after Independence

chapter 12|23 pages

The Current Economic Setting

chapter 13|16 pages

Constructing a New Economic Model

part V|74 pages

Part V: Public Administration: Problems and Solution

part VI|42 pages

An Ethical Framework

chapter 19|15 pages

The Ethics of Public Service

chapter 20|11 pages

An Ethics Code: International Perspective

chapter 21|14 pages

An Ethics Code for Public Servants in India

part VII|53 pages

The Challenges

chapter 22|24 pages

Combating Corruption: The Ethical Dimension

chapter 23|11 pages

Leadership and Individual Excellence

chapter 24|16 pages

Epilogue: India Realising its Destiny