India’s Textiles Minister changed; sadly the mindset of media & politicians remains unchanged

Smriti Irani Appointment

In a significant, but surprising turn of events, high profile and vocal Smriti Irani has replaced Santosh Kumar Gangwar as the Textiles Minister of India. While the industry rejoices, the media has branded the move as a demotion, underplaying the importance of the Ministry and the need for having a strong Minister at the helm. The headline of India’s leading daily Hindustan Times states, “Smriti Irani’s shift from the high-profile HRD Ministry to the distinctly unglamorous Textiles Ministry came as a clear indication that PM Modi wanted his ministers to keep a low profile.” The paper also writes, “Smriti Irani moved to low-profile Textiles Ministry.” Another daily The Times of India, while reacting on the appointment, writes, “Stunning Rise and a Sudden Demotion”; its lead news too reads, “Shocker: Smriti shunted from HRD to Textiles…”

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Smriti Irani, known for her aggression and quick actions, is just what the Indian textile industry needed after Santosh Kumar Gangwar, who was soft spoken and submissive in public domain. Ashok Rajani, Chairman, Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) while expressing his delight on the appointment told Apparel Resources, “The mainstream media projected the Textiles Ministry in a very wrong way, which is indeed sad and only shows their ignorance. We are pleased with the appointment as she is intelligent, young and will surely be able to help the textile industry which is one of the most important pillars of the Indian economy. The recently announced package of Rs. 6,000 crore for the apparel export industry shows that Prime Minister is concerned about the textile and apparel industry.”


[source :-apparelresources]