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Kudos, madam Chief Minister June 7, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in ideas, india, politics.

And finally some politician of note, authority and consequence has the guts to bell the cat.

“Today, the government’s role has narrowed down. There is an increase in public partnership (with the government),” she remarked, insisting reservations had a greater importance when employment opportunities ‘solely’ existed in government. It’s not the case today. Therefore the rows over reservations are becoming untimely. We all need to understand it. We will have to change our mindset over the reservation issue,” she said.

The Chief Minister, whose state was hit by weeklong violent clashes over her pre-election quota promise to Gurjjars, said it was time to ponder afresh over reservations and the government’s role in society.

Is that the closest an Indian politician will come to echoing libertarian ideas. But this is not the first time. Here is an exchange :

Karan Thapar: What about the allegation that you walked the ramp. Are you modelling clothes or once again are you claiming that the press misunderstood your intention.

Vasundhara Raje: Look I have been small industries minister at the centre for four years and in that four year I worked very closely with small industries and also with Khadi and village industries. I know that this is the backbone of the economy of Rajasthan. Handicrafts, textiles and artefacts – these are something for which people come all the way to Rajasthan Jaipur to buy. And as far I am concerned, I have a very vibrant industry but a lot of these people are actually drifted away from this because there was nothing to be gained from the industry.

Karan Thapar: So you are promoting handicrafts.

Vasundhara Raje: Now we have revived these. Each of these we have revived. We have brought them out shown them off and the story that actually took place over here, and that’s the important story, is what happen to the lives of the weavers and that, I am afraid, was missed. As far as I am concerned, if like Mrs Thatcher, I was able to well promote my textile, I would do it with great pleasure because you remember, she actually wore all these, British clothes, only to show them off. British fashion became a thing, only because of her.

Karan Thapar: So you are saying that as a Chief Minister it is your duty to promote handicrafts and if need be, you will wear Rajasthan handicrafts, if the need be you will walk the ramp because that’s your job to promote weavers and handicrafts.

Vasundhara Raje: You can say that absolutely because that is my job and it is also a great sense of pride that I wear what they give me.

Think about it – how many people must have heard of Rajastani garment industry for the first time through this controversy ?

Hats off, Madam Chief Minister.



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