Bhopal: Stoking a potential controversy,
Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Friday called as "barbaric
colonial relics" the practice of wearing the traditional
coloured robe at convocation ceremonies and publicly removed
his own gown at one such event.
"I still have not been able to figure out after 60 years
of Independence why we stick to this barbaric colonial
relics," Ramesh said while addressing students at the seventh
convocation of the Indian Institute of Forest Management
Ramesh also posed a question as to why there cannot be a
convocation with everyone sporting a simple dress.
"Why we cannot have a convocation in simple dress
instead of coming dressed up as medieval vicars and popes," he
asked, as he removed his gown worn over his trademark white
Ramesh`s dramatic action drew a loud applause from the