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Gfiles Governance Awards 2019 : Innovation triumphs

THERE are individuals who epitomise a year. There are events that symbolise the same. Then there are trends that concretise views on what’s really wrong with governance and governments. In 2019, as can be witnessed from the 12 covers of gfiles, we relentlessly focused on all of them. We talked of things that are relevant to our lives, as well to the working of a free and transparent democracy. We picked up issues that highlighted the state of the elitist power centres—governments and civil services—as also those of the poor, underprivileged, and middle class.

While analysing leaders like India’s Narendra Modi and the US’ Donald Trump, we told the readers about a new style of irreverent, centralised, and discursive style of governance that has emerged across the globe. ‘Howdy Modi’, the former’s latest visit to the latter’s democratic bastion, highlighted how the concept of democracy has transformed, and large sections of global citizens have enthusiastically, though in a half-baked form, accepted it. The narratives have changed in the past few years, and 2019 possibly witnessed their entrenchment in several nations.



gfiles is the country’s first independent magazine written, designed and produced for India’s civil services—the vast and formidable network of bureaucracies and public sector organisations that provide continuity and stability to this nation’s governance.

Every month this niche market product reaches 76,800 individuals with a universe of more than 3,50,000 readers.

Its exclusive audience consists of the men and women who lead the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), the Indian Foreign Service (IFS), the Indian Police Service (IPS), the Indian Revenue Service (IRS), Class I Union Services, as well as a host of Allied Services.

gfiles magazine edited by India’s senior most journalists who have made an intensive study of the reading preferences of decision makers and implementers in government services.

The magazine—with substantial contributions from serving and retired officers—is uniquely designed to engage the bureaucrat’s attention in the entire content.

It has therefore been divided into sections according to the specific reading needs of this target audience. While these readers flip through newspapers and general magazines, they read gfiles from page to page.

This is because gfiles magazine provides not only exclusive news unavailable anywhere else in the media or the Internet, but also focuses exclusively on the future, anticipating events and developments.

It contains detailed, extensive, and accurate reports about transfers and postings.

It features interviews, case studies, snippets, retirement profiles, financial planning advice, political changes, as well as birthdays and alumni tracking.

gfiles magazine cuts through rumour mills and hearsay and helps India’s civil servants reach out to one another, share and become acquainted with their issues, practical problems, everyday challenges and the intricacies of their working environment.

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