Kerala sports minister E P Jayarajan is in news. He is in news because of the views he has put forward so emphatically – again because of the office he holds.
And this is when he is just few days old in the office. So, he is on the job right from the day one.
And he a Leftist – from the intellectually most sound political lot!
He is from the Left Democratic Front government of Kerala. LDF is led by CPI(M) which won Kerala state elections last month ousting the Congress party and its chief minister Oommen Chandy from the office. It was a desperate win for the party that is otherwise becoming irrelevant in the Indian politics.
E P Jayarajan is in news because of the allegations made by Olympian athlete Anju Bobby George. Anju said Mr. Jayarajan misbehaved with her and made harsh and derogatory statements against her.
Anju was made the President of the Kerala Sports Council by the previous Congress led United Democratic Front government and she had gone to meet the sports minister in that capacity.
Though Mr. Jayarajan has denied the allegations, we are going to believe Anju Bobby George given the precedent set by Mr. Jayarajan – a much discussed feat!
Mr. Jayarajan has been in news because of the precedent he has set.
He began with undoing of what, so far, had the last preserve the Left-wing politicians in India (or for that matter elsewhere) – that the Communists (or the Left Front) politicians are intellectual – that they all are well read!
How well read Mr. Jayarajan was – was out in the open before everyone when an international news broke – thousands of miles away – across the Pacific – in America – that the boxing legend Muhammad Ali was no more.
Now Muhammad Ali was one of the rare breed of sports persons who not only became synonymous with their game, but also became crusader of human issue – like fighting for Black Americans.
Mr. Muhammad Ali was as familiar for boxing in India as Dara Singh was for wrestling. In fact, many Indians would not know the names of even its top ranked boxers of the day, but they would certainly know the name ‘Muhammad Ali’ – even if they would know the details of his personal and professional life.
Mr. Jayarajan was in news because he said Mr. Muhammad Ali was born in Kerala and he had brought home name and fame winning a Gold Medal. According to the off-the-record versions, he did not stop at it. He, in fact, went ahead with his glowing wisdom, and was to announce some financial compensation for Ali’s family – whose fortune is estimated to be some 90 million $.
Here is the conversation between him and a news channel anchor (courtesy – Firstpost):
News anchor: The state’s sports minister, E P Jayarajan is now with us on the telephone line. Mr Jayarajan, Muhammad Ali, the legend, has left us. How would you share your memory about that legend?
E P Jayarajan: I just came to know that Muhammad Ali died at America. Ali was an eminent personality in Kerala’s sports world. Ali elevated the name of Kerala internationally by winning a gold medal for us. I hereby share the sadness Kerala’s sports world in Ali’s demise.
Here is the video:
See it to enjoy the new age Leftist wisdom in India – that is tasting some new waters after facing the crisis of a lifetime – of being relevant in Indian politics – after being pushed to the distant third spot in the West Bengal assembly.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/