According to a story in today's Telegraph, there is a growing demand from sections in the Congress to rename the National Rural Employment Scheme after Mahatma Gandhi or Indira Gandhi. The rationale is two-fold. One, to prevent non-Congress state governments from walking away with the credit for the scheme. And two, to gain some mileage from a scheme which has reportedly not evoked the expected response.
The economics behind the scheme itself can be questioned till the cows come home and go back, but the simplest question is this: how many more projects will we name after Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi? Are there no other worthies in this country? And since when did "National" and "Indian" become bad words?