Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Stuff Indian Government Says - 2

Amitabh Sinha reports in The Indian Express that Dr. T. Ramasami has expressed his desire to bring to an end his 7-year tenure as Secretary, Department of Science and Technology. A committee has recommended a set of people to succeed him, but two of The Chosen "have expressed their unwillingness for the job."

At this point, it's all mildly interesting, but the blog-worthy awesomeness lies in the Groucho-Marx*-in-reverse quality of what comes next:

One member of the committee, however, said that the reluctance of scientists to join the ministry was understandable. "We would be slightly worried if candidates are too eager to take the post. Most of the scientists like to keep doing their scientific work," he said. [Bold emphasis added]

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*Just in case the Groucho Marx's quip didn't spring to mind immediately, here it is: "I don't want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member."