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Should Gill be sacked?

India, Sept. 15 -- Union Sports Minister and former bureaucrat Manohar Singh Gill's latest action in snubbing renowned wrestling coach Satpal during a photo opportunity with World wrestling champion Sushil Kumar on Tuesday is the perfect example of people wanting to shine in reflected glory.

Just to get himself photographed next to the World Champ, the minister seems to have given a miss to propriety and good behaviour.

I would say this is an unforgivable act since it is not the first time Gill has done it. He did the same to P Gopichand, former Badminton ace who is coaching women's champion Saina Nehwal these days. When Gopichand accompanied Nehwal to meet Gill nearly two years ago, the minister wanted to know who he was. Obviously, Gill had not done his homework properly because when you meet champions you should know all about them and who are the people behind them. It is a question of wrong attitude.

It is Satpal's magnanimity that he has played down the incident since the Commonwealth Games are round the corner and he did not wish to join issue with the pompous minister who is totally at sea while discharging his duties as a political leader. The least he can do is to tender an unconditional apology to the Guru and allow the matter to die down so that the Prime Minister can have a look at his continuation in the aftermath of the Games.

Sushil Kumar's achievement is not an ordinary one. Belonging to a family, which is not affluent to say the least, he has come up the hard way through his devotion, determination and hard work. He has been coached by his Guru who has tutored him on all aspects including good manners. He has made the entire country's chest swell with pride by his exemplary feat. He deserves all praise and also all the assistance which both the Delhi government and the Centre can provide him. Similarly, Guru Satpal who was trained by Guru Hanuman, a legendary wrestling coach of Delhi also needs to be encouraged to produce more such young sensations like his disciple Sushil Kumar.

As for Gill, he should know that despite his own certificate to himself, his rating as a politician and minister are very dismal. He may nurse ambitions of being the Punjab Chief Minister but he should realize his limitations and settle for something, which is up his street. He had embarrassed the Congress party and the government by telling MPs in parliament that if they needed more information on the Commonwealth Games, they could file applications under the RTI. It was surprising that he was not dropped immediately for heaping this insult on Indian Parliament.

Many in the Congress also wonder why Gill is an MP in the first place. He was the Chief Election Commissioner and at one time also served as the principal secretary to Prakash Singh Badal during his earlier stint as the CM. He has never helped his party not even in Tarn Taran from where he hails. He is a second time MP and now a Cabinet Minister. It is indeed surprising. But then he is a lucky man. Gill is also oblivious about the affairs of his own ministry. For instance he had no idea that an Apex Committee to oversee the Commonwealth Games was constituted by one of his predecessors, Sunil Dutt on March 4, 2005. This became evident since he did not mention it during the debate in parliament.

To begin with he should apologise. The Prime Minister must ensure that he is cut to size and his bloated ego does not spoil things further.

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