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Undergraduate Irani: Can she give good governance?

HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s educational qualification has hit arguments on social network. First of all, people of this country are not in favour of giving cabinet berth to any loser and secondly, the one who never stepped in college can hold important HRD ministry. To defend its decision and Smriti Irani, BJP became aggressive and sited many examples, such as Bill Gates being less qualified person. I don’t know why they are dragging people like Bill Gates in this. Everybody can’t be a Bill Gates. You cannot hand over HRD Ministry to someone who is under-graduate like Smriti Irani because you want woman and young faces in the cabinet! Bill Gates became Bill Gates because of hard work and owns a successful company not thee ministries. Bill Gates has always achieved, he was not a looser, Smriti Irani has failed as a politician, people have disowned her and she lost two important elections. This is really a disrespect to people’s mandate. When people have bestowed a party clear mandate, then why compromise with the key position? By saying “achche din” we certainly do not mean days of good acting but real action on the field. The debate on Education is not top priority. If we think about the other side of the coin, since she is just Class XII passed, she can have better zeal to do something for poor and uneducated. Education is certainly important but one should not be criticised or their skills should not be under estimated just like that. Smriti needs to have that caliber to deal with such portfolio. Question is not about her qualification but also about her ability. Don’t forget that though Sonia was not a minister in UPA, she was running the Government including the PM. The question is not about her qualification but HRD Ministry is an important ministry which should be handled by an experienced leader. The Ministry is important and should be headed by senior BJP leader.

I hope the educated parties would encourage and stop criticising her for the betterment of India. Modi is the king and this success comes after an uncountable party meetings, very good campaigning strategies and good selection of people for contesting the MP seats by knowing the people’s pulse. From the common man’s perspective, an education minister should have a proper educational qualification. However, Modi will not like to see her criticised forever. We have to wait and watch the show. What the HRD Minister requires is not essentially a university degree but the basic outlook to bring about major reforms in the educational sector. She has to make primary education available to every child in the country regardless of the child’s status. There is a dire need to recast university education in line with what is obtained in Singapore and more research grants are to be given for encouraging research in fundamental sciences and other frontier disciplines. When Oxford University was looking for the President, it explored the entire globe of educationalists and invited one competent person to head. That was the importance given to the prestige of the University. Sometimes, a Headmaster in Haryana was made Vice-Chancellor and at a Public Function; he prostrated before the Chief Minister for honouring him. Some fellows would say, what is wrong in it?

Almost all those who achieved great heights are non-graduates. For example, Bill Gates, Dhirubhai Ambani in business, K.Kamaraj (Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister) in politics and Sachin Tendulkar in sports. If one has in-born talent, he can do anything. Let’s assume Modi has given Smriti Irani a chance to prove herself. Television star-turned Union Minister Smriti Irani’s meteoric rise saw her come under the scanner on her first day in office. Curiously enough, the first salvo was fired by one of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s most vocal supporters, activist Madhu Kishwar. Drawing attention to Irani’s educational qualifications, Kishwar tweeted: “Smriti Irani is merely Class 12 pass. She went on to become a fashion model on to TV serial bahu [daughter-in-law]. Is this qualification enough for India’s Education Minister?” With criticism about the appointment coming from within, Congress spokesman Ajay Maken waded in and ended up with pie on his face, courtesy his tweet: “What a Cabinet of Modi! HRD Minister (looking after Education) Smriti Irani is not even a graduate. Ms. Irani, however, steered clear of the controversy over her surprise inclusion. In a fleeting interaction with the media after taking charge, she stuck to the Ministry matters. Though, she lost the Lok Sabha election to Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi in the Nehru-Gandhi pocket borough of Amethi by over a lakh votes. Ms. Irani appears to have been rewarded for making him sweat?

Dr. Vaidehi Taman
Dr. Vaidehi is an Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and an Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. Since 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond the news (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which she caters for her sister-concern Kaizen-India Infosec Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

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