Tuesday, December 19, 2006

The Maharaja’s new clothes

Amid preparations for a grand wedding with Indian in a couple of months, Air-India is facing a top-level management change. The tenure of V Thulasidas, CMD of the national carrier, is coming to an end this week, and the names of a number of hopefuls are doing the rounds. While the current buzz is that the IAS officer might get an extension if only to expedite the merger, there is also speculation that he might get to don the civil aviation secretary’s mantle after the current incumbent gives it up next month.
While the powers-that-be are tight-lipped, Thulasidas’ well-wishers have their fingers crossed. Apart from sending pulse rates racing in Air-India and Indian, the suspense is also likely to have an impact on the recently formed Federation of Indian Airlines (FAI), which is also headed by the officer in question. Interestingly, fellow bureaucrats are watching the unfolding situation with bated breath, obviously to keep an eye out for new carrier (oops, career) possibilities.
19/12/06 Through the third eye/Economic Times
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