Advertisement
Friday, Oct 22, 2021
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

'Modi ji, Imagine If Shabana Azmi Or Rahul Dravid Were Your Ambassadors'

'Modi ji, Imagine If Shabana Azmi Or Rahul Dravid Were Your Ambassadors'
| File - PTI Photo/ Subhav Shukla
'Modi ji, Imagine If Shabana Azmi Or Rahul Dravid Were Your Ambassadors'
outlookindia.com
1970-01-01T05:30:00+05:30

Ramesh Thakur, a professor at Australian National University has written an open letter to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In his letter (read full), Thakur writes that while Modi coming to power has been a general boost for the country's morale, his actual accomplishments remain rather modest.

He mentions four areas that he thinks Modi should worry about -- Law ministry, Bureaucratic reformation, finance and education.

He also expresses surprise at Modi's choice of ambassador to Washington and he writes:

I was disappointed you did not choose a noncareer diplomat as ambassador to Washington. Your diplomats are individually brilliant, but their collective impact amounts to the whole being less than the sum of the parts. Quadruple the entry into the foreign service immediately and then be increasingly selective in performance-based promotions.

In all walks of life, some promising people disappoint, others burn out early and others blossom late. Choose proven performers from business, journalism, universities, the defense forces, sports and the arts to fill up to one-quarter of your ambassadorships. Imagine the impact if a famous actress like Shabana Azmi or a legendary cricketer like Rahul Dravid were your ambassadors to Washington and London. They are individuals with proven character traits of integrity, conviction, maturity, dignity and tact. Their access to all sectors of society in the host countries would be the envy of other ambassadors.

Do you think popular faces like Shabana Azmi and Rahul Dravid would make better ambassadors to foreign countries?

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement

More from

Read More from Outlook

100 Crore Shots: How India Hit Its Covid-19 Vaccine Goal In 280 Days

100 Crore Shots: How India Hit Its Covid-19 Vaccine Goal In 280 Days

As of Friday, more than 102.4 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses have been provided to the states and Union territories so far through the Central government. A look at the journey so far.

Live: PM Modi Addresses Nation On Achieving 100 Crore Vaccine Milestone

Live: PM Modi Addresses Nation On Achieving 100 Crore Vaccine Milestone

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation in the wake of India, recently crossing the mark of 100 crore Covid-19 vaccination shots.

What Will Happen If Pakistan Lose To India, Brad Hogg Explains

What Will Happen If Pakistan Lose To India, Brad Hogg Explains

Pakistan have won one and lost one in their T20 World Cup 2021 warm-up games while India emerged victorious in both their matches ahead of the crucial tie.

Covid-19 Booster Dose: US CDC Gives Nod To 'Mixing And Matching' Of Vaccines

Covid-19 Booster Dose: US CDC Gives Nod To 'Mixing And Matching' Of Vaccines

United States Centre for Disease Control is allowing the flexibility of 'mixing and matching' the booster dose regardless of which type of shot people received first.

Advertisement