Having worked without an IAS officer as his private secretary for several months now, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu may finally be getting one. Ashish More Madhaorao, a 2005-batch officer of the UT cadre, is likely to take up the job that has been lying vacant after Dr Sanjeev Kumar left a few months ago. A Maharashtrian like Prabhu, More was among the IAS officers posted with Delhi government who were shuffled out by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. More’s posting in Rail Bhawan is still to get the final nod.
Logos are the buzzword in the government these days. The National Commission of Minorities, which has been looking at a new logo ever since Jains became the sixth community with minority status, has hardly had a meeting in the last few months in which the new logo has not been discussed. The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority, too, is now on the lookout for a new logo.
Rajasthan Education Minister Vasudev Devnani has a penchant for being in news — for the wrong reasons. He came under fire for the new Social Science textbooks which seemed to have scrubbed off most references to Jawaharlal Nehru. Recently, at the general council meeting of the NCERT, the minister was once again the centre of attention as he launched into a monologue on how personalities such as Maharana Pratap and Veer Savarkar find little mention in NCERT textbooks. He asked the Centre to draft a new curriculum in which Indian culture is emphasised. HRD Minister Smriti Irani heard his plea but did not commit on making any changes.
Of Hairdo and Don’t
Former External Affairs minister K Natwar Singh narrated an anecdote during a discussion at the launch of a new book on P V Narasimha Rao. He said there were two people who he always thought needed a good haircut: former President A P J Abdul Kalam and Sai Baba of Puttaparthi. Singh said Pramod Mahajan, then a Union minister, had visited President Kalam at Rashtrapati Bhawan with two requests — that he should switch to a bandgala from the shirts and trousers he was used to wearing, and get a new hairstyle. “Bandgala coat OK, but hairdo, no,” was Kalam’s terse reply, Singh said.