MINISTER OF State for Social Justice Ramdas Athawale will soon join the league of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, actor Amitabh Bachchan and activist Anna Hazare who are among the 50-odd personalities whose wax statues are on display at the Celebrity Wax Museum at Lonavala in Maharashtra.
The RPI(A) leader accepted the invitation from India’s own version of Madame Tussauds, and even made a stopover at Lonavala this week so that the museum staffers could take his measurements.
Tracking An Idea
AFTER HAVING jointly won a global award from MIT for his concept of “Caterpillar Train”, an urban mass transit system, Railways official Ashwani Kumar Upadhyaya has been trying to win some support for his idea back home. After much persuasion, the Railways has given him permission to showcase his concept by putting up a stall at the coming Vikas Shivir, a three-day brainstorming session to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Surajkund.
Raising The Pitch
RAISING THE stakes on gau rakshaks, the Sangh Parivar is holding a seminar on Sunday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its 1966 anti-cow slaughter agitation. RSS general secretary Bhayyaji Joshi and several Hindu sants will preside over the event. The 1966 agitation holds special significance for the RSS as it provided a boost for the Jan Sangh — just as the Ram Temple movement did for the BJP in the nineties. In the 1967 Lok Sabha elections, Jan Sangh recorded its maximum ever tally of 35, besides securing the second highest vote share after Congress, even more than the combined vote of the CPI and CPI(M) together.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE status of targets given to MPs for the villages they adopted under the Adarsh Gram Yojna, they have one more task now. The science and technology ministry and RSS’s science wing Vijnana Bharati are organising the International Science Festival in December. All MPs have been asked to select students from their adopted villages and send them for the event, whose nodal implementing agency is the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. This has left some MPs wondering about the selection criteria for the students.