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While we keep hearing of ministers who behave like a raja or something, it is heartening to hear about two (in addition to the PM) who don't seem to treat public funds as their own:
[Shashi Tharoor] has decided that public money will not be squandered on refurbishing his office when there is a crying need for public funds for better things. His attitude is in such contrast to many of his cabinet colleagues, including some very senior ministers, that no one in New Delhi’s media appears to have even bothered to ask if Tharoor is using old carpets and furnishings that are still adequate and do not have to be thrown out merely because the occupant of the office has changed.
...No one in Indian public life can, however, meet the standards in austerity that have been set by A.K. Antony, whom Singh asked to continue as defence minister in the UPA, Mark II. Antony lives in a Lutyens’ bungalow on Krishna Menon Marg that is reserved for defence ministers, but even at the height of Delhi’s summer, when the mercury hovers around 44 degrees Celsius, air conditioners are not switched on at his house. Antony, for whom honesty is a foundation of public life, has never owned a wristwatch. His son has just completed his studies at Stanford University in California with a loan from the Canara Bank, where the defence minister’s wife has been employed for most of her adult life.