We have introduced a gender lens in all sectors

Dr Syeda Saiyidain Hameed figures in Sanjaya Baru’s controversial book The Accidental Prime Minister. Baru, who has kicked up a political storm as an author, mentions Dr Hameed as someone who pipped Anu Aga, Chairperson of Thermax, as Member, Planning Commission. The Prime Minister had asked Baru to sound Aga but a last-minute change saw Hameed in and Aga out. Hameed also raked up controversy when she performed a nikah, a Muslim marriage, in Lucknow. This was the first by a woman. A nikah is usually contracted by a Qazi. In the Planning Commission, where Dr Hameed spent 10 eventful years, she focused on gender, minorities and health. On the eve of demitting office, she spoke to gfiles on the tasks done and those she leaves unfinished. Excerpts from an exclusive interview with Kumkum Chadha:

http://gfilesindia.com/frmArticleDetails.aspx?id=945&Name=TALKTIME%20-%20Syeda%20Saiyidain%20Hameed

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