A couple of days ago, writing on Modi’s Cabinet reshuffle, I had said that it appears there is a reward of some kind for being the first Mameluk news agency to find something wrong with the Textile Ministry. Poor Pallavi Ghosh was the first to try with her “5000 crore jobs” tweet, but she got disqualified after her effort was widely mocked.
Yesterday, NDTV showed why they were always favorites to win this contest. A heavyweight, hard-hitting FOUR member team from NDTV consisting of Sonal Matharu, Manas Singh, Aishwarya Iyer and Sreenivasan Jain (captain) swooped in and decisively won the crown:
So what harm has Smriti Irani done to people in textile already? Oh well:
You have to give credit to NDTV here. See, it is rather easy to discover controversies at the HRD ministry. What controversy could possibly exist over there at the Textile Ministry? Can you imagine the amount of brainstorming that went into NDTV’s FOUR member effort to find a controversy with textiles?
Over the next few months, I am sure we are about to see an explosion of creativity as ingenious techniques are researched to manufacture controversies in the Textile Industry. But, for starters, I think I can see the first draft of the action plan. Read the first few lines of the NDTV article:
“In a room in Kapasera, at the southern edge of Delhi, we meet Navitha, and Geeta. They came as 1000s of other women to seek livelihood in India’s booming garment industry, supplying the world’s best known brands: Gap, Banana Republic, H&M, amongst others.
Very quickly, in her first job at a company called Maharani Exports, she learnt the toxic rules of how the units worked.
Navita said that her supervisors passed a comment saying, “Yeh maal khaane wala hain, chorne wala nehi.” (This woman is for eating, not to be left.)”
See the part I have put in boldface? My guess is that there is an effort underway to create a worldwide buzz with the big brands like Gap, Banana Republic, etc. to say that Indian textiles are “tainted”, trying to get the big global brands to pull out and boycott us. The resulting situation can then be neatly blamed as a failure of Smriti Irani. Don’t forget that textile is actually India’s second biggest employer after agriculture. It’s one of our biggest exports. Discrediting India’s textile sector can cause significant loss of revenue and jobs …and the losses will then be laid at Smriti Irani’s door.
After all, Smriti Irani’s entry into Amethi has threatened none other than the Shehzada himself. The Mameluks will do anything, absolutely anything to stop her.
In fact, I think those lines from NDTV above can be slightly changed to give a more accurate picture of how things work in Delhi:
In an office in the Textile Ministry, we met Smriti Irani. She came as one of 100s of MPs from all over India, to represent the people as part of a full majority Central Government for the first time in 3 decades.
Very quickly, in her first job at the HRD Ministry, she learned the toxic rules of how things work, especially for commoners who dare to challenge the Shehzada.
The dalals and newstraders in Lutyens Delhi said: This woman has to be stopped, not to be left.
More accurate, don’t you think?
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