Some prominent individuals love basking in media attention. I suspect it makes them feel important; after all, it is wonderful to see your name in the newspaper.
They start believing that they are thought leaders and shape important discussions. Keeping quite and speaking less is a virtue that they clearly do not recognize. Think of Jairam Ramesh, Mani Shankar Aiyar and Baba Ramdev.
Jitendra Singh statement about revoking Article 370 is an example of a loose and irresponsible remark.Ministers do not have the luxury of airing their personal opinions. They represent the government.
Did the citizens of India vote for the BJP thinking that revoking Article 370 will be on the top of its agenda? Does revoking Article 370 solve India’s major economic and social problem? Is this where the BJP ought to be investing its political capital?
BJP ministers need some adult supervision. A gag order would be nice. Debates are helpful and important in democracies. But debates on less relevant issues can crowd out debates on relevant issues.
Modi demonstrated tremendous discipline in his election campaign by focusing on growth and governance. He did not mention Ayodhya issue even once. He must ensure that his ministers now exercise similar discipline.
Yes, at some point in the future, India should probably debate the usefulness of Article 370. For the next couple of years, however, India must focus on growth and governance. It should not allow itself to be distracted by issues which have no bearing on the core national agenda.