Did Maran deserve this treatment?

Many bloggers have opined that this is quite unjust and that a performer like Maran should not have been treated so shabbily.  But it should be remembered that it was also not ok for a first time MP to be given the post of a Cabinet Minister, especially in the sensitive portfolio of Telecommunications and IT, given the conflict of interest of his brother’s (and his) media empire.

What goes around, comes around!

And when I read some of the posts about the resignation episode, I was really amused.

Quote “He is educated like his father and can only stand behind Stalin to do politics as his father did standing behind MK.”  Unquote.  If a mere graduation can make one person be tagged as educated, then Dayanidhi Maran is indeed educated.  Yeah, he did attend a certification program from Harvard and if you would consider that as being educated, then he is certainly so.

Quote “Being convent-educated, he initially found it difficult to address voters in Tamil”.  Unquote.  Public memory might be short, but it was this same ‘convent-educated’ person who invited Vaiko to a duel in “chaste” tamil in an open meeting.

Quote.  “He had a sort of dynamicism that was well appreciated. But his lack of popular support & lack of Machiavellism proved his undoing. ” Unquote.  I have never seen any Union minister (including the Prime Minister) who got the kind of media coverage that Dayanidhi Maran got so far.  He was projected as the architect of Telecom reforms within weeks of being appointed as the Minister (a first time MP with no experience in politics) and the media went crazy about him.  I find the “lack of popular support” really amusing.  If one were to measure the media coverage by any yardstick, then Maran would beat others by a few miles.  And he was there for every photo opportunity (I must really admit that he has a very good photogenic face) be it a celebration or a tragedy.  The media tired of the old hands clad in dhoti and talking in hindi, was enamoured by this young person and thus showered their attention on him.

And it is really time we get to clearly redefine ‘education’ as something different from talking in English and wearing a suit.

But very difficult for the English Press and media! 

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6 Comments

  1. Asif said,

    May 15, 2007 at 4:05 am

    Maran was extremely popular in the English press, but back home he wouldnt have even won a single seat on his own as he lacks ‘popular support’ meaning he is not a mass leader. But he did bring in a lot of investments (Nokia, Motorola etc……) & deserves credit for that. I find ur comment ‘not ok for a first time MP to be given the post of a Cabinet Minister’ very amusing.

  2. badrirag said,

    May 15, 2007 at 4:47 am

    Asif,

    You are right about Maran not being able to win a seat on his own and that is true for almost everybody who have the party to back them without any personal credentials.

    You want to credit Maran for Nokia and Motorola, so be it.

    How many people have you known who were made cabinet ministers on their maiden appearance in Parliament? Even Rajiv Gandhi, who was elected in 1981 from Amethi was installed as PM in 1984 only after his mother’s assasination. Please remember that Maran did not have any political experience at the state level either. Because Murasoli Maran, his father, had passed away earlier, he was asked to contest from Chennai and then was made an Union Minister and that too at a cabinet level. If you find that amusing, so be it.

    There was somebody else who was made a cabinet minister without even being a member of the Parliament and that was Anbumoni Ramdass. Compared to him, Maran was better qualified.

  3. Robin said,

    May 18, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    Disagree that a first time M.P. should not be made a Cabinet Minster. It brings the much needed freshness & energy that a young person only can bring to the politics. Exactly for the same reason – I welcome rahul Gandhi to the politics. Let they be made ministers before their heart and feet goes cold – a state of no action.

    My opinion – Maran got sacked because it is a long time Stalin started seeing Maran as his potential competitor rather than Azhagiri.

  4. Commonsense said,

    May 21, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    This debate about first time MP not upto being a minister is all a little retarded thinking. What you need is dynamism and the ability to hold that office in high esteem and do the best to the people you represent — the people of India!!

  5. badrirag said,

    May 21, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    Robin,

    You have every right to disagree. If you were running a business, would you take a fresh graduate (even from IIM or for that matter Harvard) and make him your CEO? Just for your information, all the great companies take such excellent material and put them through a severe induction process before they are even given an independent charge of a brand or a service, let alone a top management role.

    Or for that matter, buy a swanky Ferrari and give it to your son / daughter just after he / she gets the driving license? You would give them a Swift at best! This is because a Ferrari can be a killer in the hands of an inexperienced driver.

    I am not against Maran’s meteoric rise in politics except that I do not think that he has received an unfair treatment!. Its part of a package!

  6. badrirag said,

    May 21, 2007 at 8:32 pm

    Commonsense,

    Its not about first time MP at all! Its about what you did before you became a first time MP! If Narayanamoorthy is made the Union Minister of IT by being a nominated Rajya Sabha MP, I would welcome the appointment with all the power available with me. Please remember that our PM has not contested the elections and won but is only a nominated member and that too from Assam!

    So if you say that “What you need is dynamism and the ability to hold that office in high esteem and do the best to the people you represent”, I’m fully game but show me the proof before you make someone as a Minister. Did Shri Dayanidhi Maran show these qualities as you have mentioned in his avatar prior to his appointment?

    I rest my case!


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