Not too many Indian politicians have a good word about journalism or journalists, but at least one of them, Congressman Jitin Prasada will (hopefully) do so from today. The 36-year-old junior minister for petroleum and natural gas married television journalist Neha Seth in New Delhi on February 16.
Prasada, 36, belongs to the Kapurthala royal family and even boasts of a link to Rabindranath Tagore. Apparently his great-grandmother is the Nobel laureate’s niece. The Hindustan Times quoted him last year as saying he wanted a non-politician wife: “I need a getaway.”
Seth, 30, a former staffer at CNN-IBN, quit the channel last year reportedly to be part of BJP leader Vasundhara Raje Scindia’s campaign team in the run-up to the assembly and general elections in Rajasthan.
The Times of India reports her parents are page 3 regulars on the Lucknow circuit.
“The wedding proposal came from the boy’s side,” ToI quotes the bride’s mother Poonam as saying. “I was very annoyed with Neha for rejecting every wedding proposal that came for her. I would tell here you’ll be left on the shelf if you carry on this way…. They are well-suited for each other. He’s a fine boy.”
The reception from the girl’s family is scheduled to be held in Lucknow on February 20.
Photograph: courtesy IBN Live