01 August, 2021

Shripad Naik, 62

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Shripad Naik, 62

The businessman from Goa, a member of the Lok Sabha for the fourth term and a former union minister in NDA I, professed many non-political talents. Naik was a swimming champion, an avid shooter, and a state level Kabaddi player. Not surprisingly, he did nothing in the ministry of culture during his nearly six month stay before he relinquished charge to Mahesh Sharma, a medical graduate, another old BJP hand and chairman of the Kailash Group of Hospitals. 

Possibly, Naik knew he would be shifted because when he was minister in NDA I, he held five portfolios in five years— agriculture, shipping, civil aviation, road transport and finally revenue in the department of finance— all as a minister of state. If he had continued, Naik would have possibly banned pubs as pub culture, he felt, was not part of Indian culture. He may have imposed some other bans inimical to Indian culture, all music to the RSS’ ears, but that was not to be. 

While Sharma, son of a school teacher and a graduate from Safdarjung medical college and hospital is...

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