Former Indian cricketer, Chetan Chauhan used to open for India along with Sunil Gavaskar. Now one would expect him to take up commentary or coaching job, but definitely not something related to fashion (unless its his own business).
However, Chetan Chauhan has been appointed the new chairman of National Institute of Fashion and Technology (NIFT) and people are obviously questioning the criteria for the selection.
This looks like another controversy in the making.
Chetan Chauhan, however, was frank to admit, that he got the job because he is a BJP MP (ruling party).
“THIS IS A GOVERNMENT OF INDIA APPOINTMENT. THE NAMES (FOR THE POST OF CHAIRMAN) ARE SENT BY THE MINISTRY OF TEXTILES…PREFERENCE IS GIVEN TO PEOPLE IN THE PARTY (BJP),” said Mr Chauhan.
Modi ji ne bhi chun chun ke chamchon ki fauj jama ki h- Gajendra Chauhan, chetan chauhan, pahlaj nihalani, arnab goswami, smriti irani
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 18, 2016
So how knowledgeable is Chetan Chauhan about Fashion?
Here’s what he had to say…
“MY FASHION SENSE IS NOT BEING FLAMBOYANT BUT WELL DRESSED. I AM NOT DASHING FASHION-ORIENTED BECAUSE I HAVE TO GO WITH WHAT SUITS MY AGE. BUT I LIKE TO DRESS UP SMARTLY AND WELL.”
And how committed is Mr. Chetan Chauhan towards this job?
Well, it seems, this won’t be a full-time job for him. Mr. Chauhan will by giving 60% of his time to the Delhi and District Cricket Association, 30% to his personal business, and only 30% of his time to NIFT.
People are obviously questioning the appointment of Mr. Chauhan, and the social media is already abuzz with reactions and of course jokes/memes. Here are some.
This is how Fashion shows will be done in future after Chetan Chauhan is appointed as chief of NIFT pic.twitter.com/EH6YhNE1a9
— Billoo (@MohitParmarr) June 18, 2016
Former cricketer Chetan Chauhan is now chairman, National Institute of Fashion Technology. Reports suggest Salman Khan will soon head ISRO.
— lindsay pereira (@lindsaypereira) June 18, 2016
— Ajay Gahlaut (@meajay) June 18, 2016
— Devaiah Bopanna (@devaiahPB) June 18, 2016
So Chetan Chauhan has 23 years of experience in banking… Good…They did not make him RBI governor…Got him only to NIFT.
— Vivek (@kaul_vivek) June 18, 2016
So Chetan Chauhan has 23 years of experience in banking? I guess the BJP didn’t expect Raghuram Rajan (governor of RBI) to put down his papers, else they probably would have considered Chetan Chauhan for that role.