Manmohan My Mentor: Rajya Sabha MP Nominee Jadhav
Former PM had appointed Jadhav to the Planning Commission during the UPA-II rule and also released his biography in 2005
But for BJP cadres, Jadhav will probably be the least known among the seven nominated to the Upper House. His association has mostly been with the Congress establishment. Manmohan Singh and Jadhav have been known to each other since the early 1980s, when the former PM was the governor at the Reserve Bank of India and he, an economist. Singh appointed Jadhav to the Planning Commission during the 2009-2014 UPA-II rule and he was also linked to the Sonia Gandhi-led National Advisory Council.
While these might have looked to indicate his political leanings, Jadhav is very clear about it.
“I was never part of the Congress,” Jadhav told ET. “I have worked with Dr Manmohan Singh who has been my mentor. He shaped my entire career.”
Some leaders in the Congress are surprised. Jadhav had almost contested on a Congress ticket for the Lok Sabha, former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh said. “Both Dr Manmohan Singh and I have been his champions. But last two years, he has discovered new virtues in RSS that RSS itself was unaware of,” he said, sarcastically. While Ramesh and many others missed it, a bonhomie between Jadhav and the saffron establishment began last year, when RSS affiliated magazines Organiser and Panchjanya came out with an issue on the birth anniversary of Ambedkar. Krishna Gopal, the RSS joint general secretary who liaise with the BJP, got Jadhav to write for both magazines.
Soon after, Modi named Jadhav to a high-powered committee constituted to commemorate Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary.
The bonding went to such an extent that RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat launched four of Jadhav’s Hindi books on Ambedkar last August.
Jadhav has enough credentials to deserve a seat in the Upper House. He could be called the person who introduced Rabindranath Tagore to Marathi literature with his three books. His family biography titled ‘Untouchables’ has been translated into 15 languages.