The ill-tem­pered com­mu­ni­ca­tor

Lurch­ing from one con­tro­versy to an­other

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SM­RITI Irani has not un­der­stood the dy­nam­ics be­tween the BJP and RSS. She for­got that she is an out­sider, and in the rul­ing frame­work, the RSS pre­vails upon the BJP. Had she not been a con­fi­dant of Naren­dra Modi, the RSS would have pulled out the red card, show­ing her the exit door from the govern­ment. Her bit­ter bat­tle with Surya Prakash, CEO, Prasar Bharti, laid the foun­da­tion for her exit from the allpow­er­ful Min­istry of In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing. Her be­hav­iour is weird; even in the Par­lia­ment’s Cen­tral Hall, she took on jour­nal­ists and claimed that she would teach them a les­son. It’s some­thing that has never hap­pened be­fore. The cor­ri­dors of Shas­tri Bha­van are rife with ru­mour that she com­mit­ted her lat­est gaffe was over the in­vi­ta­tion to Pres­i­dent Ram­nath Kovind for the an­nual Na­tional Films Awards. It is learnt that Irani used for­mal chan­nels, as she should have, to write to the Pres­i­dent. But she had the au­dac­ity of not hand­ing over the in­vi­ta­tion per­son­ally to Kovind, which has been the norm for decades. The Pres­i­dent House re­port­edly took af­front at this ar­ro­gant be­hav­iour and duly in­formed the Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice. One of the of­fi­cials claimed that this was the rea­son why the Pres­i­dent’s Of­fice de­cided to limit Kovind’s pres­ence at the award cer­e­mony for only an hour. This fur­ther added fuel to the rag­ing fire within the in­tel­lec­tual and film com­mu­nity, em­bar­rass­ing the govern­ment even more.

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