however, since then, i have come to wonder what guides the action of this minister - she has moved from one trivial issue to another - be it the beef in the canteen issue or sanskrit in the curriculum issue. many of these issues are trivial in the context of the larger changes that are possible and which could have been done without much public notice within the ministry. i should say i too felt disappointed that someone with the freshness and the support of a majority government lost a chance to do something that would make her mark in the history of indian education system reforms.
however, the one extra phenomenon that she had to contend with that her male colleagues may have escaped has been the media attention to whatever she does. i do think that the attacks on her now is but a continuation of what it has been for the last couple of years. much of the media, both print and visual, i am convinced is run by male chauvinists
People like smriti, Modi, pehlaj, gajendra etc. Do not become the butt of jokes because of their gender, or caste, they become one because of their enormous arrogance which makes them bull ahead with their wrong decisions in spite of wiser counsel recommending them not to!