How to Defend Like an Indian Neta


How to Defend Like an Indian Neta

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


o err is human, but covering your ass after making errors is political. In the course of acquiring power (while bravely dealing with the hassle of running the country, and looking after human rights and environmental safety), our ministers end up in the line of fire for most things that go wrong in India. Every time an incident makes national news, politicians emerge like Falguni Pathak each Navratri to offer an explanation, but more importantly, to wash their hands off all responsibility.

It is something of a fine art, this skill of the ministerial defence. And this week, it has been on exceptional display, in the stylings of Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria, and Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan. Watch and learn, mock parliament enthusiasts.