Cigarette Smoking Ain’t Injurious to his Wealth

Union health minister Dr Anbumani Ramadoss last week made the astounding claim that four chief ministers and 150 Members of Parliament were among those lobbying against making the display of anti-smoking images on beedi and cigarette packets mandatory. Thankfully, the man in the picture is no longer MP. Else, could he have safely been expected to be the 151st parliamentarian to bat for the tobacco giants in the name of the tobacco farmers?

The man in the picture is, of course, Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar, the erstwhile scion of the royal family of Mysore and the former Mysore MP. Wearing a cap of the erstwhile tiger balm gardens in Singapore, the new president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association takes a leisurely drag at the Gangothri Glades stadium on the campus of the University of Mysore, venue of the Karnataka-Rajasthan Ranji Trophy match.

The neck chain, the finger ring, and the watch are all very obvious. What, pray, could the scar on the left hand be?

Photograph: Karnataka Photo News