Again, “some great headlines”!
I accept that 1985-batch IAS G C Murmu, first Lieutenant Governor of J&K, is from Gujarat cadre. In truth, I see him as the right hand man of PM Modi, and this is well known to those who have covered Gujarat. Yes, he was the man behind derailment of Ishrat Jahan fake encounter case. He still handles the legal cases of Modi and Shah. However, his contributions should not be narrowed to trivial issues.
Why do we sideline that Murmu was, in fact, the backbone of industrial development of Gujarat?
Mr. G. C. Murmu, IAS, served as:
Managing Director of GIIC Limited. Managing Director of Gujarat State Financial Corp. Chairman of the Board of Gujarat Venture Finance Ltd. and Gujarat Metalic Tools Corp. Ltd. Director of Gujarat Alkalies & Chemicals Ltd. Independent Non-Executive Director of Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited (alternate name: Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers Company Limited) since October 20, 2010. Director of Gujarat Chemicals Port Terminal Company Limited. Director of Gujarat Sidhee Cement Ltd. Chairman of GVFL Ltd. Director of Petronet VK Ltd., Gujarat Heavy Chemical Ltd., Gujarat Chemical Port Terminal Co. Ltd.Gujarat Port Infrastructure & Dev. Co. Ltd., Gujarat State Investment Ltd. Infrastructure Finance Co. Gujarat Ltd. and Alcock Ashdown Gujarat Ltd. Director of Gujarat Lease Financing Ltd. Director of Haldyn Glass Gujarat Ltd. until May 6, 2011. Director of Mundra Port and Special Economic Zone Limited. Director of Gujarat State Financial Corp.
We must also see that Mr. Murmu is a Santhal (Adivasi) who worked hard against all social barriers to ingratiate himself into the upper echelon of Lutynes’ [elites] dominated Indian bureaucracy.
“Self-styled” Adivasi rights activists will not celebrate this because this does not match their selective notion. However, it is the truth that Modi has crushed elitism in bureaucracy which now purely works as a function of merit [and not on someone’s upmarket tag].
Accept this. Celebrate this.
I still believe Murmu is the perfect choice for this new slot to transform Kashmir. Also, this may sound the death knell for the Islamists in Kashmir. Murmu’s track record suggests that.
More power to Murmu!