12 May, 2021

Unique ID Of His Own

To politics then, Mr Nandan Nilekani?

Unique ID Of His Own

For a middle class that constantly rails against ‘dirty’ politics, what can be a better distraction than a candidate who is perceived as ‘squeaky clean’. Particularly at a time when political parties are keen to project development-friendly candidates who will march into Parliament and lead them. The latest entrant to this club is Nandan Nilekani, former Infosys man and current oarsman of the UPA’s controversial Aadhaar project.

According to a report in business daily Mint, Nilekani will get a Congress ticket from Bangalore South. Nilekani, of cou­rse, hasn’t even spoken about the possibility, leave alone confirm this “decision”. Even his party is yet to announce the lists of candidates in the fray. “The talk of Nilekani getting a ticket is speculation so far but the selection of candidates is constituency-specific,” says Prof Arul Mani, who teaches literature at Bangalore’s St Joseph’s College.

But something is clearly cooking. Nile­kani has been displaying an intense...

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