Of Politics & Politicos

24 Nov

I’m an unlikely candidate to have connections in bureaucratic circles. A schoolmarm with a social work background hardly hobnobs with the jet-setting ministerial cadre. And yet, I have one such friend. Someone who I wouldn’t have ordinarily mentioned, had it not been for the backlash he constantly faces from land sharks, political bodies with vested interests and foreign companies wanting to invest unethically in the state of Kerala. Time and again, stunts are played out to pull him down. And media intervention in the form of exposes helps him retain his head and position in the nick of time.

Attempts have been made on his life and saner folks wonder why he labors in government positions when the corporate offers thrown at him would enable him to live like a czar. We’ve discussed this more than once and idealists that we are, we believe somebody’s got to effect change. And so I chant nursery rhymes instead of working in glitzy PR and he gets sent off to the interiors of Madhya Pradesh on random pretexts, so plans can be implemented to get rid of him. While my efforts are and will always be humble and limited, this man’s strife is worth a wider audience.

Let me point you to the Indian Express article about him on November 21st. And if for no other reason, please browse through it to know that not every IAS officer is out to feed off our country. There is hope, and its name is Radhakrishnan Luxman.

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7 Responses to “Of Politics & Politicos”

  1. Nino's Mum November 24, 2008 at 6:09 pm #

    wow, gutsy guy. Know a few, here and there, like him. Wonder what keeps their like going?

  2. rajni November 24, 2008 at 6:57 pm #

    As long as there are the likes of him & you there is hope:)
    How are you?

  3. sukanya November 24, 2008 at 7:17 pm #

    we need more people like him and of course you. i admire your conviction and passion. give me a teacher anyday!!!

  4. Mamma Mia! Me A Mamma?!? November 25, 2008 at 9:21 am #

    It’s becuase of these good guys, that I don’t lose hope. I get disheartened onn a daily basis, but I don’t lose hope…

  5. Orange Jammies November 25, 2008 at 9:51 pm #

    Nino’s Mum: Like I said, a belief that somebody’s gotta do it.

    rajni: I am very well. How are the kids?

    sukanya: I don’t do much beyond ranting, but thanks. 😉

    M4: I hear ya. That could be me speaking.

  6. shail November 25, 2008 at 10:46 pm #

    More strength to him and those like him!

  7. Orange Jammies November 25, 2008 at 10:49 pm #

    shail: He’s right in your backyard! 🙂

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