It’s tough being a minister. When I bumped into Dinesh Trivedi in the Taj Hotel lobby the other day he was grumbling about the tiresome things he had to do when he was in charge of the railways. “Why should the minister have to approve when some official goes abroad?” he asked. Later, I heard him reiterate on TV that 99 per cent of the files he had to sign were unnecessary.
The scandal of chit funds (“cheat funds” in colloquial Bengali) highlights the appalling state of personal banking. I go into hiding whenever my bank’s so-called “relationship manager” approaches because I know that he (or she) will only try to extract money for some bank scheme.