Ar­ro­gant min­is­ters and the me­dia

Scribe tells off min­is­ter

Gfiles - - BRIC-A-BRAC -

Ar­ro­gance is a com­mon trait among politi­cians. So it is not sur­pris­ing that there is a gen­eral feel­ing in power cir­cles that some cab­i­net min­is­ters think they are god-sent ‘agents of change’. Ar­ro­gance reared its head ear­lier when P Chi­dambaram was Home Min­is­ter and Anand Sharma was the Com­merce Min­is­ter. In the NDA regime, the list of the ar­ro­gant min­is­ters is long but prom­i­nent among them are De­fence Min­is­ter Nir­mala Sithara­man and Rail­ways Min­is­ter Piyush Goel. The at­mos­phere in both min­istries is so suf­fo­cat­ing that even se­nior civil ser­vants are scared to give an ap­point­ment and meet jour­nal­ists. One scribe told gfiles that when Piyush Goel was of­fi­ci­at­ing Fi­nance Min­is­ter, Joint Sec­re­taries clearly told jour­nal­ists that the Sec­re­tary had in­structed them not to talk to the me­dia. The funny part is when­ever any jour­nal­ists ask the min­is­ters any un­com­fort­able straight ques­tion in press con­fer­ences, these min­is­ters re­ply, ‘be­have, oth­er­wise I will speak to your own­ers/ edi­tors’. One Cab­i­net Min­is­ter was re­port­edly so adamant that the jour­nal­ist had to apol­o­gise in writ­ing. But in an­other in­stance, when the min­is­ter told a jour­nal­ist that he would have to speak to his ed­i­tor/owner about his be­hav­iour, the scribe po­litely told the min­is­ter, ‘sir, I will re­main a jour­nal­ist all my life with this news­pa­per or an­other’ and di­alled the num­ber of his ed­i­tor and handed over the phone to the min­is­ter. The min­is­ter did not know where to look.

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