Author of Modi, Muslims & Media, well-known academic and senior fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Madhu Purnima Kishwar had cried foul at the induction of Smriti Irani as Union HRD minister in May last year. A self-confessed fan of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she speaks of her disappointment with the PM’s choice in a candid conversation with Uttam Sengupta.
You had described Smriti Irani’s appointment as Union HRD minister as disastrous. Ten months later, have you revised your opinion?
Not just me; most people have come round to the view I held. Even those who were inclined to give her a chance, people who felt I was being unfair etc, have now come round to believe that her performance has actually been far worse than what they had expected.
Have you ever met her in person? What was your first impression?
I met her only once and that too some 15 years ago. She was anchoring a programme on TV and I was an invitee....