CNN-IBN’s indubitable Sagarika Ghose rightly points out that the bastions of what was considered Important For The Nation are being overthrown. What’s considered “important” isn’t just restricted to Defence and Foreign Affairs anymore: top politicians are being given portfolios such as Environment and Forests, Health and Rural Affairs.
Today heavyweight male politicians head ministries that were once thought of as “women’s concerns”. Kamal Nath is in road transport, Ghulam Nabi Azad in health, Kapil Sibal in human resource development, C.P. Joshi in rural development, the smart Jairam Ramesh in environment and forests. Our gentle sardar with that wise head wrapped in a blue turban has created a revolution in the way government has started to think, in the way the “social sector” has been given the primacy it has long deserved.
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