One of the stock criticisms of the post-Independence I.C.S. is that it is totally devoid of unusual individuals. Uniqueness and occasional eccentricity, it has been said, vanished with the British. Civil servants in Independent India are uniformly dull. There are no Indian counterparts of Freddie Mills of the Naga Hills, Wyndham of Mirzapur, Ramsay of Kumaon and Cotton of Etah district in U.P. The preference for outlandish places, miles away from hospitals, schools and the company of their fellow men, has not distinguished the remnants of the I.C.S. after 1947, and their successors of the I.A.S. even less. It has become the fashion to run down administrators as squares without it being appreciated that their daily lives are under far closer scrutiny than they ever were in British times. A curious service tradition evolved, with much encouragement from state governments, which imposed a dead uniformity on the behaviour patterns of their civil servants. In some states shikar was frowned upon and photography tabu. Administrators were expected to be absorbed in higher pursuits. For some unknown reason, never convincingly formulated, interests of this kind were thought to be incompatible with the nobler traditions of service.
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