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Quitting can be so liberating!

Cynics who underplay the importance of fashion cycles will scoff at the idea of leaving a position just to make a statement.
None | By Hindustan Times
PUBLISHED ON MAR 27, 2006 01:55 AM IST

‘It is my firm view that in public life one must uphold the highest standards of transparency, propriety and ethics and avoid any possibility of controversy, however remote or unlikely. Keeping this in mind, I have decided to tender my resignation from Rajya Sabha with immediate effect.’ Thus spake Anil Ambani on Saturday. Good on you, Mr Ambani! Now, if anybody knows when is a good time to sell, it has to be the chairman of Reliance Capital, Reliance Infocomm and Reliance Energy Limited. So our question is: is this is good time for all of us to tender our resignations?

Cynics who underplay the importance of fashion cycles will scoff at the idea of leaving a position just to make a statement. But then, as Mr Ambani and some others have been keen to show over the last few days, with every such sacrifice one can expect a bounty of goodwill. A good pay-off, eh? One must, of course, point out that Mr Ambani did not resign from his ‘day job’, which incidentally is an office of very big profit. If he did, then we wouldn’t have interpreted his action as a brave show of integrity but as a neat way of showcasing insanity. He resigned from the Rajya Sabha seat as he was also   an honorary member of the UP Development Council. So that’s that.

Thankfully, it is only a parliamentary seat one is talking about here. The trick is, of course, to make hay even after the sun sets. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is not as difficult as it sounds.

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