Finally, Sharad Pawar has chosen the cricket pitch far away over the green fields of India. He has reportedly told Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to “reduce” his burden, an apparent reference to his workload as a cabinet minister and the new president of the International Cricket Council.
It is a choice he ought to have made earlier. That would have left an important position in more capable, if not more interested, hands.Pawar’s tenure as Union agriculture minister will be remembered more for double-digit food inflation and stagnation in a sector that employs the bulk of the population.
A growing India deserved better. Pawar’s failure is less of a reflection on an individual, and more about the choices and the leadership that our political system throws up. It should be a cause for concern.