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Jairam Ramesh

I’m happy to report that in the days to come I will be seeing more green signals on the horizon. Also, many more U-turns at roundabouts

Jairam Ramesh
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Jairam Ramesh
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I still vividly remember an observation made in 1974 by one of my professors at IIT Bombay. “Jairam, mark my words, it’s all about spectacles,” he said one muggy August morning. I had then mulled over what he had said but left it at that. But today, as environment minister, I understand the significance of what he said 36 years ago. Very clearly, a man’s character is defined by the bifocals he wears. They shape his thoughts, his worldview and whether he prefers chalk to cheese or likes a mix of the two with his filter coffee with Karan Johar. In fact, I would go so far as to say that glasses also influence one’s sense of colour. When I took over at the environment ministry last year, I was gifted a pair of specs by Jean Dreze, Aruna Roy, Harsh Mander and Prashant Bhushan. It was indeed a unique  pair with the left lens twice the size of the one on the right. This made me see red whenever projects came for my approval. And at times (when I am behind the wheel), the traffic light would’ve turned green but I...

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