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

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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.

JAIRAM RAMESH

NAREN­DRA JAD­HAV

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