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Why it’s wrong to make Smriti Irani an HRD Minister

May 28, 2014

There are some people beyond universities. But an average Jane has to prove herself in some way, to earn that comparison.

An argument has been made on  Smriti Irani’s case, comparing her with the likes of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Rabindranath Tagore.

Swapan Das Gupta in his tweet says: 

Someone remind me. Did Rabindranath Tagore go to university? he certainly established one & had enlightened views on education.

Similarly the NDTV new anchor, news at 10, gave the example of Steve Jobs. I know NDTV is trying to prove something to somebody. But come on, don’t get ridiculous.

Bill Gates reads tons of books. He publishes a list of favorite books he reads in an year, including their review. He could have perhaps earned three Phds if he wanted. So clearly he has proven himself to be beyond a University.

We can talk of other two Steve Jobs and Rabindranath Tagore in a similar vein.

But Smriti Irani has done nothing of that sort to even hint she is beyond the universities. So a mere mortal like many of us.

Mere mortals have to prove their credentials for getting a job. For example you need to be a Civil Engineer to build bridges, else you don’t get hired simply. People will laugh at you if you cite examples of Jobs et all.

They will say, if you are that good, you will surely do well anyway. You are beyond this job you are applying for. Good luck!

Similarly you don’t make a 12th Pass person an HRD Minister, who will then in that capacity set expectations from IITs and IIMs, on behalf of people of India.

It’s that simple. But spin doctors rarely like to see obvious arguments. They are beyond that.


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