Those who closely watched the big show at the first National Women’s Parliament which concluded at Vijayawada have every reason to suspect that there could be more to it than what meets the eye.
The brain behind this so-called women’s parliament is Rahul Karad, director of a private engineering college located at Pune called Maharashtra Institute of Technology, set up in 1983 as a small college.
Like any other college in Telangana or Andhra, it also grew into one of the big private engineering colleges, but it is not a great institution going by the educational standards.
A few years ago, it also started a School of Governance (MIT-SOG), meant for leadership programmes in politics.
As part of its lecture series by various politicians, it has invited Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu and Speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao for lectures some time ago. It was then the proposal to hold a conference for women in Amaravati emerged and within no time, it took a shape.
While AP legislature organised the women’s conference, while the entire expenditure was made by the AP government. Of course, the entire responsibility of mobilising the show was done by the MIT-SOG with the help of the Speaker and Naidu. It is said huge amount of money changed hands in the entire process.
And Naidu got the publicity, while MIT-SOG got a nation-wide coverage.
“It was really surprising a normal private engineering college in Maharashtra could take the AP government for a ride like this,” an observer commented.