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ATTITUDE OF CIVIL SERVANTS

ATTITUDE OF CIVIL SERVANTS

Despite these momentous changes, the attitude of civil servants does not seem to have changed at all. This is because the civil servants still believe in the Hegelian prescription that they represent the universal interest of the society.

Hegel argued that the most important institution in the state was the bureaucracy which represented “the absolutely universal interests of the state proper”.

To Hegel, the bureaucracy was a transcendent entity, a mind above individual minds.

He regarded the bureaucracy as the universal class, synthesizing the particularism of the civil society with the general interests of the state.                ATTITUDE OF CIVIL SERVANTS

For Hegel, the exercise of power by the bureaucracy was a mission sanctioned by God.

  • It will not be an exaggeration to say that the civil service in India has continued to be faithful to the Hegelian dictum.
  • It believes that its authority and legitimacy is derived not from the mandate of the people but from an immutable corpus of rules that it has prescribed for itself, without any correspondence to the needs and aspirations of the people it serves and the democratic ethos.
  • That is why the functioning of the civil service is characterised by a great deal of negativity, lack of responsiveness to what the people want and the dictates of democracy.
  • It is sad but true that the civil service in India evokes the metaphors of what Michel Crozier calls `bureaucratic behaviour’; the normal association that people have with the “vulgar and frequent use of the word `bureaucracy which as Crozier explains, “evokes the slowness, the ponderousness, the routine, the complication of procedures, and the maladapted responses of `bureaucratic’ organisations to the needs which they should satisfy, and the frustrations which their members, clients, or subjects consequently endure”.

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