Handsome Indian man in white shirt and black vest smiling; American woman in red listening beside him (also smiling)

We got lucky yesterday. And by “we”, I mean the country.

Keshav Desiraju has been appointed Health Secretary, Government of India.

I’ve heard him described as a visionary, a person of impeccable honesty and total integrity, a man of action and a dedicated public servant.

All true.

Add sense of humor, sense of the absurd, political acumen, and a dazzling ability to articulate complex ideas.

And don’t forget courtesy and kindness.

The country got lucky yesterday. We need more days like this.

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  • vandana gopikumar

    Very True ! Well said 🙂

  • Mayank Joshi

    I worked under him and know how thoughtful he is. Congratulation sir

  • David

    India is indeed lucky – lucky to have civil servants of the caliber of Keshav Desiraju, and lucky that he has been made health secretary. This posting has got it exactly right – he is dedicated, hard-working, amusing, intellectually agile, curious, and caring.

    David Grewal
    Yale University

  • Bhole Nath

    quite true… I would be careful about using “visionary” though. But “a man of action”? Give me a break!

    • Sidd

      Interesting! Why would you say that?

  • Venkat

    Hi Bhole Nath, He is a visionary for India. Just take a look at his speech in World Health Forum held in London.By the way he is grand son of our formar president Sir, Dr, Bharat Ratna, Sarvepalli Radha Krishnan garu.Very few thinkers among civil servents in India.

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