gfiles magazine

March 9, 2012

Kingly whims

roles & controls
Kingly whims
ministerial fancies at air india
he Maharajah’s woes did not happen overnight. He was unseated by those who wield real power, our ministers. The tale of the national carrier is an unending saga of whims and fancies. For instance, Air India needed air hostesses when Ghulam Nabi Azad was the Civil Aviation Minister. The management interviewed many aspirants – beautiful, well-mannered and cultured girls – for the upwardly mobile profession. Suddenly, the management got a call from the Minister’s office and were asked to present the selection list. When the Chairman and the selection team visited the Minister’s office, Mr Azad chose to hand over his own ‘selected’ list of 23 aspirants. It was then found that only five of the Minister’s

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