This refers to ‘Modi gives Smriti a big job, Cong takes a cheap shot’ (IE, May 28). Ajay Maken’s statement about the new HRD minister’s qualifications shows the mental bankruptcy of the Congress party. Is a university degree the sole indicator of talent? If so, why was the Oxford-educated PhD, Manmohan Singh, unable to prevent the 2G scam? Or the coal scam? Or the Commonwealth Games scam? How come Harvard-educated Kapil Sibal failed so miserably at his job? Maken shows us that simply having a university education does not mean one has common sense. Bill Gates doesn’t have a degree. Yet he was able to build the global software giant, Microsoft. What makes a leader great is their ability to take stakeholder along. And by the way, what are the educational qualifications of Sonia Gandhi? Or, of Rajiv Gandhi for that matter?
— Ankur Sharma
This refers to ‘He signs in’ (IE, May 27). Prime Minister Narendra Modi has indeed done a commendable job by pruning the size of the council of ministers in comparison to the UPA’s jumbo cabinet. Be that as it may, Modi’s cabinet hasn’t satisfied everyone. It would have been much better had he given more importance to having domain knowledge and expertise apart from caste, class and region balancing. The fact that the average age of the council of ministers is just three years less than the UPA’s is disappointing considering that gen next voted for the BJP in large numbers. Modi must send out a loud and clear signal to his ministers that they must not take their positions for granted. They had better perform or perish.
— Hemant Kumar
This refers to ‘Muslims too many to be called minority, it’s Parsis who need special attention’ (IE, May 28). Even though there are fewer than one lakh Parsis in India, they are much more educated, cultured and wealthy than the average Indian. Because of their religious tenets, low marriage and birth rates, their numbers are fast diminishing. So there is a case for the ministry of minority affairs to help the community increase its population. But that certainly doesn’t mean Muslims and other minorities should be neglected.
— Bidyut K. Chatterjee
This refers to ‘Modi creates new ministry on skills’ (IE, May 28). It is refreshing that for once we have a man at the helm who understands the importance of skill development. Anyone associated with the manufacturing or service industry will readily testify to the fact that the situation is abysmal at the moment.
— S. Moin Choudhury