Why Azad eschews mobile phones

There are several tech savvy ministers in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s cabinet, some who like to tweet with their BlackBerry while others are obsessed with their smart phones. But Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad is perhaps a rare minister who doesn’t even carry a mobile phone.

At a recent function, Azad made known his displeasure for the cellular phone and told scribes the best way to stay in touch with him was through his personal secretary. The buzz is that Azad suffers from “tech phobia”.