30 July, 2021

She Rings The School Bells

Her rise in the BJP echelons has been easy and early. Smriti Irani is not giving it up.

Illustration by Saahil
She Rings The School Bells

Smriti Zubin Irani, 38, is articulate, her language is sharp. The weltanschauung of the Union HRD minister is in sync with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the cultural mentor of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), to which she belongs. She is obsessed with giving Sanskrit prominence in school curriculums. She is eager to perpetuate through textbooks a Hindutva view of India, aglow in imagined glories such as the flowering of plastic surgery and nuclear science in ancient times.

Of late, there has been a buzz about her: she scrapped German (being taught as a third language for Classes VI-VIII) at Kendriya Vidyalayas; she apparently barely survived the Nov­ember 9 cabinet reshuffle though it was felt she had received a ministerial post too early and too easily; in the end, she even found herself mentioned as a probable chief ministerial candidate of the BJP in Delhi. During the reshuffle, it was believed she might be given the i&b ministry, which would suit her profile, for important ministries like HRD don’t come with the 10 years or so Smriti has in...

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