Cerebral Shangrila

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Lalu ban gaya gentleman

The headline blares " Lalu to teach management at IIM-A".

Rediff says, " He may be the quintessentially rustic politician whose 15-year-rule in Bihar as chief minister was dubbed by critics as 'jungle raj,' but India's Railway Minister Lalu Prasad is set for an image makeover when he dons the role of a lecturer at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad next month.The turnaround in the financial health of the Indian Railways, with Prasad in charge, has been the subject of major discussion at IIMs and he is already being looked upon as a 'management guru.'

On September 18 this year, Prasad, who is also the Rashtriya Janata Dal president, will deliver a lecture to the management students and the faculty at IIM-A, explaining how he turned around the Indian Railways from a loss-making operation to a public sector unit that stunned everyone by earning a profit of Rs 15,000 crore (Rs 150 billion) in 2005-06.So what has Prasad done to the Indian Railways which his predecessors could not? The answer lies in his own down-to-earth attitude and rustic wisdom.Prasad puts it in his inimitable style: "My mother always told me not to handle a buffalo by its tail, but always catch it by its horns. And I have used that lesson in everything in my life, including the Railways."

P.S : A remarkable achievement for a politician considered as a simpleton. Perhaps Lalu should consider writing a book titled " Bovine techniques of Management" !


  • Y can't he give..after all managment is about making money(irrespective of self or company)
    Lalu made it possible because Bihar people were forced to buy tickets in trains.

    By Blogger gormandizer, at 10:01 PM  

  • Just becos he turned Railways around no way he can become a guest faculty of a prestigious institute like IIM.After all money making alone in itself cannot be 'the' creiteria. His corruption ridden jungle raj in Bihar has taken the state back by 50 years and the country has become a laughing stock all over the world with the famous Bihar jokes

    By Blogger RK, at 4:38 AM  

  • I think IIM-A students wants to know how to do scams & get out of it safely..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:17 PM  

  • gorm - yeah

    rk - I am just pointing to one his successes. This doesn't mean I condone his corruption regime.

    ishu - hehe..

    By Blogger Cogito, at 9:42 PM  

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