It was a tough task to organise Haryana’s 50th Year Golden Jubilee Celebrations at Gurugram on November 1. Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal wanted to make it historically memorable, more so as Prime Minister Narendra Modi was inaugurating the celebrations. Manohar Lal needed an officer who could deliver. He chose KK Khandelwal, a 1985-batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre, to lead the organising team. Khandelwal seems to have proved that the Chief Minister was right about his choice. How a senior officer, without making any show, can organise such a gala function is a subject to study. The might of the government was felt in Tau Devi Lal staudim where the function was organised. Khandelwal did everything from producing video films, songs, posters, publicity campaign, designing newspaper advertisements and making arrangements of high standard at the stadium. Haryanvis must not have seen such a colourful, peaceful and entertaining State festival. Khandelwal meticulously planned the show and proved that if an opportunity and authority is delegated to an officer without any interference, he can do wonders. He brought out a well-designed ‘Vision and Ideas’ coffee-table book, which has a roadmap of the year-long celebrations. In the end of the book, the credit carries the line of content advisor as DS Dhesi, the Chief Secretary of Haryana, and the concept by Rajesh Khullar, the Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister, Haryana. Very well educated, Khandelwal wants to maintain a low profile and remain away from the media blitzkrieg. Khandelwal’s working style shows that he wants to prove that Civil Servants are meant to serve the government and that they are performers in the system; also, that they don’t belong to any political group or party and what matters is how political bosses use their wisdom to motivate the available machinery to complete any uphill task. Manohar Lal judiciously using his wisdom against all political odds.
VOL. 10, ISSUE 8 | NOV, 2016