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A welcome change

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Two recent news items highlighted the fresh winds of change in the Indian political arena.
At the convocation ceremony of the Indian Institute of Forest Management in Bhopal, Union Environment and Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh protested against the traditionally worn convocation robes as “medieval and barbaric”. Profusely sweating, he then took off the maroon-and-gold robe draped over his white kurta-pyjama. “This practice started in 13th century Oxford. Why can’t we have a convocation ceremony in simple clothes?” asked the minister. “This attire can be stifling in this season. The hat is worn only so that it can be thrown up in the air at the end of the ceremony. Why do you wear a hat if you have to throw it?”
Meanwhile, in New Delhi, Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor said said he only wanted to change Indian political culture – which does not welcome discussions – but has been brought down. Admitting that he could have been more restrained with Twitter, Tharoor, in the news recently for his tweeting ways, said there are “elements in our society who revel in bringing down people.” Asked if there has been a problem understanding the vocabulary of Indian politics, he said, “Possibly I am doing that.”
Such candidness – in both the cases – is something you can never associate with our politicians of old. If Ramesh and Tharoor typify the new politician, it could augur well for Indian politics.
It’s high time we gave a decent burial to the politics of fuddy-duddies like Sitaram Kesari, Laloo Prasad Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Devi Lal and Deve Gowda.


Written by Raju Bist

April 6, 2010 at 9:33 pm

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  1. …. Share your views…….. We need more people like ’em….


    April 15, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    • Unfortunately, a day after I put up this post Shashi Tharoor was embroiled in the IPL franchise controversy! Talk about timing! 🙂

      Raju Bist

      April 15, 2010 at 9:41 pm

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