Politi­cians should not med­dle in other fields, says Gad­kari

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MUM­BAI: Union min­is­ter Nitin Gad­kari on Sun­day ad­vised fel­low politi­cians not to in­ter­fere in “other fields”.

The se­nior leader of the rul­ing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was speak­ing at the vale­dic­tory func­tion of an an­nual Marathi lit­er­ary meet at Ya­vat­mal, which has been em­broiled in a con­tro­versy af­ter an in­vi­ta­tion to noted writer Nayan­tara Sah­gal was with­drawn by the or­gan­is­ers.

With­out mak­ing a di­rect ref­er­ence to the row, Gad­kari said, “Politi­cians should learn not to in­ter­fere in other fields. The peo­ple in univer­si­ties, ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, lit­er­a­ture and po­etry should be deal­ing with their (re­spec­tive) ar­eas.”

“When I say there should not be any in­ter­fer­ence, it does not mean there should not be any con­tact be­tween the peo­ple from the field of lit­er­a­ture and politi­cians,” he added.

“Dur­ing Emer­gency, the speeches of (Marathi) writ­ers

like Durga Bhag­wat and P L Desh­pande drew big­ger crowds than po­lit­i­cal ral­lies. Both of them, how­ever, re­turned to

lit­er­a­ture af­ter the elec­tion. They did not even seek po­lit­i­cal post­ings such as a Ra­jya Sabha mem­ber­ship,” the Union min­is­ter for road trans­port and high­ways noted.

While Bhag­wat had crit­i­cised the Emer­gency openly, Desh­pande had cam­paigned for the Janata Party af­ter the Emer­gency was lifted and the polls were an­nounced in 1977.

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