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India Ably Served: A Good Governance Story Secrets of an IAS Karmayogi

Author Name: Prasanna Kumar Hota | Format: Paperback | Genre : History & Politics | Other Details
Amazon Sales Rank: Ranked #9 in Kindle - Social Welfare & Social Services

Hota after retirement is a bureaucrat-statesman. ~ Jagannath Patnaik, Former Minister, Odisha.

Book laced with humour… a delight to read. ~ Surendra Singh, Former Cabinet Secretary.

Hota an effective, upright and gifted civil servant… His narratives appear like replaying the old videos filled with powerful screenshots of an eventful past. ~ Prabhat Kumar, Former Cabinet Secretary.

A Knighthood recipient IAS Karmayogi… recruited one million ASHAs— now the backbone of primary health…. superlative results — hospital delivery for common mothers up from 5 lakh to 1 crore in one year. ~ Ajay Upadhyay, Former Editor, Hindustan, Amar Ujala.

Hota shook up moribund public health process with National Rural Health Mission. Countless mothers and children lives saved each year especially in interiors. ~ Amarjeet Singh, Former Secretary GOI.

Inspiring book for all who want to achieve something in life. ~ Kingshuk Nag, Author, Journalist.

Amazing risk—taking and dedication for public benefit, unusual for a Civilian ~ Lt. General. C. Vijan.


Scintillating stories of dramatic events of Ekalavya — the Administrator; focused hard work 24/7. Yet, Hota is not a ‘constipated’ bureaucrat. An easy-rider’s saga-full of humorous anecdotes and hair-raising drama! No jargons. A ‘must-read’ for all Indians interested in policy leading to results.


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Prasanna Kumar Hota

Prasanna Hota retired as the topper of IAS 1969 batch as Health Secretary of India. In 38 years of IAS, Hota turned around each of the eight loss-making public undertakings and substantially improved the performances of field and Secretariat posts he occupied. In his words — “No dull moment in my career”.

Born in the tribal region Koraput in 1946, Hota studied in Odia medium competing with the best. Hota was summa cum laude in B.A. Honours (Utkal) and M.A. (Delhi). He took time off for MBA (USA) and was a Visiting Fellow at Oxford University. Hota has been honoured with Knighthood for excellence in Public Service.  Yet his motto is — India must overthrow ‘Thought Colonialism’; Good Governance must become an Indian discourse within Indian socio-economic realities.