BROTH­ERS IN DIS­TRESS

India Today - - GLASS HOUSE - by KAVEREE BAMZAI

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?

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