Small Things Matter - Key to Good Governance by Deepak Gupta

About the book

This book will influence readers to pay attention to the small things that help get better results and make both the administration and the system more caring, credible, robust, efficient and outcome-oriented. As IAS officers, and as public servants, we owe this to the people of India whom we must serve better. The devastating second surge of the covid pandemic has almost brought India to its knees amidst possibly its worst health and humanitarian crisis since independence. Nothing better illustrates the importance of the small things that matter as is evident in the various acts of omission and commission that we have been witness to over the year, as certainly will be recorded when the history of the pandemic is written. We must learn our lessons, at great cost, and fix our governance systems. Otherwise, we will simply not be able to meet the emerging serious challenges of our time. It also shows that we need focused action leading to actual outcomes. Small as they might appear, they are crucial for our future development. That is the real message of this book.

About the Author

Deepak Gupta belongs to the 1974 batch of the IAS. BA from Allahabad University, MA History from St. Stephen’s College, M Phil from School of International Studies, JNU and MPA from Kennedy School, Harvard University as Mason Fellow. He served for 39 years in many departments in centre and state including a posting as jute and coir advisor in the ITC Brussels, spent 9 years in Health including a year as Advisor, WHO Delhi for the TB programme. He retired as Secretary, MNRE September 2011 where he initiated the National Solar Mission. From November 2014 to September 2016, he was Chairman of the UPSC.