Saturday, June 5, 2010

38. The controversial credentials

For skeptical-optimist environmentalist like me, Jairam Ramesh has been a refreshing cup of green tea. Like the Tata Tea creative commercial Jaago Re (meaning wake up), each of the environment minister's unscripted outbursts and spontaneous decisions have been no less than a wake up call. Occupying incredible column inches in the newspapers and using precious airtime on television, Jairam's business-like exuberance has kept the growth-obsessed development nexus guessing.

Cut out for this indomitable task, Jairam seems a politician-in-a-hurry who is spinning green dreams without unduly worrying about their political fallout. Unilke the oily politico who gets rattled (see picture) by the youngman's calm query about his credentials in the commercial, Jairam doesn't seem to have any misgivings about his credentials though. His impeccable credential lie in him being overtly controversial.

At this time when all other ministeries are working at cross purpose with the environment ministry, Jairam's determination to remain controversial has helped him stand tall and deliver. As he prods his way through the muddled politics of our times, Jairam footmarks are sure to leave a legacy that will force future incumbents to carry the unique credential of being controversial to be considered for this position.

Without doubt it is clear that from now on anyone who isn't controversial will make himself look awkward as an environment minister. However, this may not apply to any other political position. Do I need to tell you why?

4 comments:

Kuldeep said...

As long as Jairam knows he has the support of his party 'high-command', he can afford to be controversial. But he sure deserves better treatment by his colleagues for his not so controversial credentials. He managed the war-room during the last two parliamentary elections and the world knows, both times he helped his party win more seats than anyone expected.

熙辰 said...

好喜歡你的部落格唷,剛下班,要去睡了!!!掰~~..................................................

ElisaCe慈佐lestin0708 said...

人不能像動物一樣活著,而應該追求知識和美德..................................................

Vijay Rai said...

Water water everywhere, and not a drop to drink without money!