BROTHERS IN DISTRESS
At a book release in Kolkata on August 11, ousted minister of railways Dinesh Trivedi compared himself to Shashi Tharoor, former Union minister who lost his job during UPA 1. As Tharoor looked on, Trivedi said, “You know both Shashi and I have something in common. Both of us were playing well and there was applause too about our batting. But all of a sudden our captains asked the umpire to declare us out. Both of us were out and we didn't know the reasons behind it.” While Mamata Banerjee asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to drop Trivedi in March after he presented a rail budget that didn’t suit her politics, Tharoor was sacked because of his controversial link to IPL’s now defunct Team Kochi through his wife, Sunanda Pushkar. Tharoor’s metaphors are even more curious. At the Lakme India Fashion Week in Delhi recently, he compared himself to his wife’s handbag. “I’m here purely as an accessory,” he said. Is that also the state of his political career?