The President is not willing

The Smriti Irani-led HRD ministry’s ongoing attempt to put cherry-picked party faithful in positions of power across India’s universities stubbed its toe on a president who apparently doesn’t want to play ball. Thus:

President Pranab Mukherjee has returned a file containing the names of candidates for the executive council of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). He has asked the ministry to recommend more people, reports said Saturday.

Rajat Sharma, India TV editor-in-chief, and Vijay P Bhatkar, Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awardee and the developer of Param supercomputers, who is also a member of Vijnana Bharti — an RSS-linked organisation — were recommended for the position.

And this time, I am really gone. See you tomorrow.