The miracle of Mallu lobby

July 03 2011

The biggest miracle by the Mallu lobby was Ranjan Mathai’s becoming the country’s new foreign secretary, who is currently the Indian ambassador in France. The most surprising bit is that Mathai has never been posted to any neighbouring country, but his current appointment at a powerful position as that of a foreign secretary is a reflection of the Mallu lobby’s clout. This was something that irked 10, Janpath. While the names in the race for the post included Vivek Katju, Sharad Sabharwal and Hardeep Puri, but because Puri had expressed a desire to contest elections on a BJP ticket from Delhi, his name was already struck off. In terms of capabilities, Katju was better because his role as the Indian ambassador in Afghanistan had been commendable.

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