yensoy wrote:Can't compare the two. Army chiefs become chiefs at the fag end of their career, and then retire before slipping into oblivion (for the most part). Rajan is still in the prime of his professional life, and he is a professor. Expecting him to not talk or pontificate is an exercise in futility.
Agreed he needs to maintain professional discretion here, which includes not talking about sensitive matters he learnt in his professional capacity, and not speculating on matters related to the RBI.
They are absolutely comparable. It has nothing to do with the person's age or point of life. They serve at the pleasure of the Government of India. They themselves are insignificant, and derive all their 'face' from the power and prestige of the institution they serve. Maintaining decorum in order to maintain the power of institutions is far more important than any personal concern of theirs. The institutions are the foundation of our power, not these people themselves.
No high ranking public servant, particularly one appointed to a post entirely on the goodwill of the political leadership, has any business chasing microphones after his tenure. The man should go away, teach classes or write authoritatively researched papers, if he so cares about DeMo. But definitely not barking into camera mics. How many professors do that ? And what makes you think he's speaking in the capacity of a professor ? He's speaking as ex-RBI Governor. These are not people who are expected to behave like this. Every time he opens his mouth, he confirms his lack of maturity and proves GoI was right to politely decline him an extension. It is irrelevant whether he supports or opposes DeMo. He has no business chasing the camera in the first place.