Tuesday, December 26, 2006
Ivy league colleges seek out Lalu
Lalu Prasad Yadav has silenced critics by turning around the fortunes of the Railways.
As a result, he is now being feted by Ivy League management colleges that want an insight to Lalu's rail mantra.
It appears that the man who has more often than not made news for the wrong reasons is now set for an image makeover.
From a maverick politician to an able administrator, the man has single handedly set the Railway coffers ringing.
An invitation to give at a lecture at the prestigious IIM Ahmedabad forced one to sit back and take note of the Railway Minister, and now Lalu's popularity has gone past the seven seas.
In June this year, a beginning was made when he travelled to Europe to study their railway systems.
On Wednesday, 137 students from Harvard and Wharton universities will come face to face with their new management guru.
"What is there to prepare? Whatever we do everyday we will tell them. I've been to their countries."
"Their railways are beautiful but running in losses, and that's why they are interested in us, to see how we have completely turned it around," said Lalu Prasad Yadav, Railway Minister.
There are reports that Lalu may visit the US next year. He has invitations from eight Ivy league colleges and universities to come and talk to the students.
But will his typical Bhojpuri accent serve his purpose?
"There will be translators but if any problem, whatever I have learnt in English I will speak. I am sure they will understand," said Lalu Prasad Yadav, Railway Minister.
After being written off by almost everyone, the Railways' profit now runs into crores, and clearly the minister is winning all the accolades.