Congress corporator Shivanand Shetty has a bone to pick with the civic administration. For the past year-and-a-half since he was elected,the civic body has misspelled his name as Sivanand. I have come to the municipal commissioners office at least 50 times to get the change made,but it has still not happened. This is our administration, Shetty said. In fact,their allegiance to the Marathi language notwithstanding,many corporators are particular about the English spelling of their name. According to civic officials,the release of the diary of emergency contacts for monsoon this year was delayed because over 50 corporators wanted their name to be spelled a particular way.
The Shiv Sena has consistently shown a strong antipathy towards the English language. However, Sena leaders feel there is no better way to show how cultured they are than to speak English. Sena MLA Anil Kadam,who submitted his resignation after drawing flak for abusing women toll booth attendants in Pimpalgaon,went on a public relations overdrive to show he is a polished and educated individual. The best way,Kadam felt,was to speak in English. Hopping from channel to channel to highlight his side of the story,Kadam frequently broke into English on Marathi news channels. Still,the fact that Kadam was speaking English on Marathi channels failed to earn him any brownie points.
Heart of the Matter
BMCs disaster management Cell (DMC) is fed up with a particular RTI activist,who,after his attempt to join the cell was rejected,is insistent on knowing the workings of the DMC through a barrage of queries. We keep receiving RTI queries from him and reply patiently every time. Sometimes,he asks stupid questions. For instance,he wanted to know my address and which route I took to reach office on the night of the 26/11 attack, an officer said. The RTI activist,officers say,usually sends a list of more than 15 questions in a single RTI,some of which are of a personal nature. This man has made the RTI Act a tension for all of us, the officer said.
The Old Guard
If one goes by the notes distributed to students by Mumbai Universitys distance education institute,then Vijay Khole and A D Sawant are still the Vice-Chancellor and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the varsity. Even though their tenure ended four years ago,their names still appear on notes given to students who joined the Institute of Distance and Open Learning (IDOL) this academic year. Khole and Sawant completed their tenure in 2009,following which Rajan Welukar became VC. Naresh Chandra,who was the principal of Birla College in Kalyan,is the current Pro-VC. A senior official from IDOL said the notes printed this year are based on the old syllabus and hence are yet to be updated. The official assured that the necessary changes would be made at the earliest.