Framed!

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - - Comment -

sud­hir.shetty@htlive.com

All of us have gifts. Maneka Gandhi’s gift, amount­ing to a pas­sion has been an­i­mals. She knows all that can be known about an­i­mal needs, an­i­mal be­hav­iour. And, more to the point, she knows all too well how we hu­mans mis­treat an­i­mals, in the wild and in do­mes­tic or un-civil­ian care. And this makes her rage.

This also makes Maneka Gandhi who and what she is. Wil­liam Blake’s great poem ‘Tyger, tiger burn­ing bright’, she must know by heart. As the one with ‘A robin red­breast in a cage puts all heaven in a rage’ has to be her Bible. For the last five years, how­ever, in keep­ing with the deco­rum of cab­i­net pro­to­col and the dharma of pol­i­tics, her rage over our mis­treat­ment of an­i­mals has had to be caged. Her de­part­ment be­ing Women and Child Wel­fare, her nat­u­ral, spon­ta­neous, in­stinc­tive care for an­i­mals in dis­tress has had to be a slow, in­ter­nal burn. The num­ber

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