Well begun is half done they say. Well it began well, no doubt. But there is a glitch even as soon as it began.
Yes, the Smrithi Irani controversy. This is an issue that is not needed. Nothing against Smrithi though. She could be a Culture minister or a minister for Performing Arts, Tourism and the like. But not HRD please.
HRD needs the IITs, IIMs and the NITs to report to it. And the minister incharge
needs to atleast understand the needs of these institutions or atleast be able to differentiate one from the other.
‘Did not Kapil Sibal manage HRD?’, one might ask. And that is why he equated 1,7,000 crore to zero. That is precisely we want to avoid.
‘How about Sonia? What is her qualification?’, one might ask.
NDA govt is a government for the Indians. It is not the government for foreigners like the earlier one. Hence Sonia’s education does not matter. So don’t draw solace from that.
‘Did not Kamaraj manage?’, one might ask.
Not everyone is a Kamaraj. And in this knowledge economy, we need Kamaraj but with Arun Shourie’s education.
There is no ego to be taken care of. Hence, Mr. Modi, it is better to correct the mistake as soon as it has occurred.
So, as a citizen, let me give you one option for HRD.
Arun Shourie- He has written just 20+ books. And he holds a Ph.D in Economics. But if you are considering him for Planning Commission, then the other option is N.Gopalaswami, the former CEC.
If this too doesn’t materialize, the only option is to call for an advertisement in the Newspapers eliciting candidates.