Walking with Giants- a memoir written by G Ramachandran, Retired I.A.S officer‘Walking with Giants- a memoir’ by G Ramachandran IAS (Retd.) “I found at almost the end of my service that public perception of their leaders is often highly misleading”, GR ‘Walking with Giants- a memoir’ written by G Ramachandran, Retired I.A.S officer and Former Finance Secretary, Government of India was recently launched in the city, in the presence of Mr. Jairam Ramesh, Union Minister for Rural Development, Mr. P. Sabhanayagam, IAS (Retd.) and many important bureaucrats - retired and current- who all received copies of the book and offered comments. “Walking with Giants”, is a memoir of Shri. G. Ramachandran, who had served with many political stalwarts like Rajaji, Bhaktavatsalam, Kamaraj, Anna, Indira Gandhi, Morarji Desai and Charan Singh. The book is a retrospect of some of the happenings in the corridors of power in India. The book also has a didactic purpose. It shows that people with rural background hailing from non-aristocratic families can through hard and systematic work rise to the positions of responsibility The book throws light upon the author’s close association with Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Behind the scenes account of bank nationalization, 20 point program and the famous “Stray Thoughts” of Mrs. Gandhi get a mention in the book. The contents include ‘the Golden Chapter’ of the Janata period and also give an insight to the ordinance measures taken by Mrs. Gandhi to curtail inflation. The different anecdotes given, not only deals with the author’s association with many economic reforms of the country, but also, very subtly deal with the humane aspect of many leaders of the country. Mr. G. Ramachandran the author of the book “Walking with Giants” is a retired IAS officer of the Tamilnadu cadre who rose to the position of finance secretary at the centre. He had a brilliant career in the civil service. Being a first class first in MA Economics from Madras University, he stood first in the All India Competitive examination for appointment to the IAS in 1949. He served with Chief Ministers, Rajaji, Kamaraj, Bakthavatsalam and Annadurai. He was handpicked by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to work in her secretariat. He helped to formulate progressive measures, like bank Nationalisation and 20 point programme. Despite the shift in powers in the centre, he earned the confidence of Morarji Desai and Charan Singh and worked as finance secretary under them too. Mr. Ramachandran had hence a ring side view of the economic development in the 70’s and early 80’s with the Vantage positions he held. He finally retired in 1985 as Executive Director of the Asian Development Bank Manila.
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