Honestly, a lot of educated Indians must be full of hatred for the famous politician of Bihar – Laloo Prasad Yadav… however, I have a great liking for his intellectual approach to various problems and on top of that, he allows everyone to laugh at his expense without really even bothering about his ego or self esteem. He is also the most loved political caricature for all cartoonists, always at the centre of the any jokes about politicians and yes, he surely has made his own state Bihar suffer because of the Fodder Scam.
In spite of all his vices, (tell me which politician is a saint?)…very few Indians may agree or accept that Laloo is one of the most learned politicians in India. His flawless knowledge about the Vedas, Bhagvad Gita, Ramayan, Puran and other Holy scriptures… man oh man, I was really impressed when he stood at the centre of the Parliament to address everyone. While he made everyone laugh with his jocular style, he made his points very clear and took on every single leader of substance to unveil their evil desires being unfulfilled. Today, Mamta Banerjee is the Railway Minister courtesy Laloo… because if you remember, Mamta had left Congress to establish TMC and had joined BJP led NDA… Laloo had taken the dig at Mamta and told her – “I feel sad about my Didi (Mamta Banerjee), who couldn’t get Railway ministry… had she asked for it like Nitish, she would have got the ministry.” … much to everyone’s laughter while Didi sat with a poker face sulking at Laloo.
So when Mamta joined UPA this time, having being ditched by BJP, the first thing was to ask for Railway Minister’s post and she got it. That dig by Laloo surely taught her the lesson to be more vocal when negotiating for ministerial post. In the history of Indian politics, not even a single Railway Minister after Independence in 1947 has ever given a surplus Rail Budget because there was always a deficit of crores and crores of rupees. For the very first time, Railway under Laloo Prasad Yadav gave a surplus budget of crores while covering the deficit in its stride. The turn around of the largest railways into a multi-crores surplus unit made the whole world notice and suddenly Indian Railways became the toast of the World Management Studies in all the foreign universities. It proved one thing for sure:
If an Indian politician will work properly (even if he will make more crores for self) for nation’s benefit, one can achieve the unexpected. Honestly, like me, there will be many who wouldn’t mind how much Laloo Prasad Yadav made money as the visionary Railway Minister because he showed to the world, a sick unit is run by efficient corrupt minister, who will not allow the unit to flourish because it is public money and not his own or his nation’s!
MBA graduates from overseas universities came in batches to learn how the magical wand of Laloo had turned the deficit running (in thousand crores) Indian Railways into a profit making (in thousand crores) industry almost overnight. He gave his gyaan in his inimitable style while we, Indians laughed at his interaction with foreign dignitaries and students. However, it was surely a proud moment for me to see the respect the foreigners had in their eyes for this simple leader for his great achievements. I really adore him as a leader and personality for his impeccable style, mannerism, image, always the knowledge flowing in correct perspective even though people laugh at his witty remarks and answers and a man who stands apart even if he is placed in a crowded room. Laloo is simply Laloo!
While the incompetence of government and the aviation minister Praful Patel have been seeing all the drama in the sky (first the Jet Airways-Kingfisher Employee Sacking Row, then Jet Airways Pilot Strike and now Air India Pilot Strike) and allowing the nation to suffer in crores, like a mindless leaders… there seems to be no real solution except the Ruling Governing Bodies first threatening of dire consequences and after few days agreeing to the demands like a stupid dog…
While government has supported all the private airliners, owned by rich industrialists… sad and a reality is that Indian Government and the Aviation Ministry has not even bothered to revive the already suffering government owned Air India and Indian Airlines? While the private airliners are making money in crores, so why the government owned airlines is running in deficit? WHY? Simple, while the ruling government has been filling their pockets from Private Airliners’ kickbacks, why bother to revive the already sick unit? All the NCP leaders in UPA government have failed to work in favour of the common man and the nation – Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel (both NCP) have failed in their duties and have increased the woes of the poor and the rich respectively. They should be sacked by the UPA Government immediately!
Well, the reason why I have written all these angles before telling the government is why not hand over the Aviation Ministry to Laloo Prasad Yadav so that he can turn it around like he did it with the Indian Railways? Worth a try and I am sure if he uses his magic wand, the whole world will benefit with his charismatic formula…