Mumbai, Oct. 31 -- In a statement that is likely to spark controversy, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has said that he predicts that in the next two-three decades, 50% of India's bureaucrats would be women. He also expressed "concern" that men would be "without jobs" and could get involved in "destructive" activities. The governor was addressing vice-chancellors and senior professors at the convocation ceremony of Dr Panjabrao Deshmukh Krishi Vidyapeeth last week, where he also added that there needs to be a "balance" in the society.

"Earlier, we saw that girls were behind and we had to bring them ahead, so we made efforts. Even today, we say educate the girl [through programmes such as] 'Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao'. In reality...