Women of Influence a compilation of the work of a few women who have walked that extra mile and made a difference despite major pressures in governance. Most of the books in the public space are autobiographies of men narrating how important they were and the important people they interacted with daily while in service. Rajni Sekhri Sibal narrates stories that have been untold - about the work of ten strong and effective women who left an impact.
Having worked in the civil services for thirty-seven years, Rajni has seen things at close quarters. This book is a collection of narratives that provide an insight into some episodes where the protagonist displayed immense courage and commitment.
These stories span different generations-the oldest is set at the Bikaner border during the Indo-Pak war and the latest about the UP sand mafia in 2015. The subjects and geographies are different, ranging from a panchayat election in Punjab during the height of militancy in the 80s to Naxal prone Chanderpur in Maharashtra to the Perumon tragedy in Kerala and right across to the orchid plantations in Arunachal.
Rajni Sekhri Sibal is an Indian Administrative Service officer, presently Secretary, Government of India. She is the first lady to top the Civil Services Examination in 1986.
Rajni was posted as Additional Secretary (Disaster Management) in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. She was responsible for International Cooperation and Disaster Management policy formulation as well as coordination of response and relief in the event of a severe disaster in the country. Rajni held the additional charge of Executive Director National Institute of Disaster Management and has also represented the country in workshops and conferences, both in India and abroad, in the field of disaster management.