Of diversity, or the lack of it
I recently came across this pic on every one's favourite ranting ground Twitter
@ShashiTharoor This pic of our CMs speaks volumes abt India's diversity. This is y we'll remain to be a great nation! pic.twitter.com/xnHCi80C78
— Chacko Simon (@ChackoSimon) December 7, 2014
It was an interesting enough picture, with the idea that a very diverse mix of people make up the group of Chief Ministers in India. I, however, felt that the picture was not diverse enough.
- The first I saw it was on my phone, and I literally had to squint to find the two women in the picture.
- It doesn't seem to be a very diverse group in terms of age, except for UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav (he makes a strong case against young people in Politics though, and it's an open secret that his 75 year old father rules the state by proxy).
- It is highly unlikely that any of these people belongs to the LGBT community, openly or not. In fact, each of them is more likely to belong to the group that treats belonging to the community as a disease and looks at its members as second class citizens who don't deserve same rights as the rest of us.
- I'm not sure how well-off each of them are, but I am pretty sure that it would not be a diverse group in terms of the rate of growth of wealth ;-)
I will stop there, but I hope you get the idea. I am not sure what was the criteria for the original tweeter to call it a diverse group, but I have a hunch that religion and caste were a part of that assertion. Which is ironical because we should not be looking at caste as a differentiating factor at all. I know that sounds lofty, and is definitely impractical to do so at least currently. But hey, don't we expect our Chief Ministers to show us the way?