Roopa Ganguly’s nomination to Rajya Sabha comes several years after some other stars of the popular TV serials, Ramayan and Mahabharat, were sent to Parliament by the BJP. Deepika Chikhalia, who played Sita in Ramayan, and Arvind Trivedi, who played Ravan, were the first ones, winning the 1991 Lok Sabha elections from Baroda and Sabarkantha, respectively. Five years later, Nitish Bharadwaj, who played Krishna in Mahabharat, won the Jamshedpur Lok Sabha seat. Gajendra Chauhan, who played Yudhishthir, did not become an MP, but was appointed chairman of Film and Television Institute of India last year. Ganguly, who played the role of Draupadi in Mahabharat, was nominated to Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
The Congress has roped in some of its young leaders to incorporate technology in programmes being planned for the birth centenary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi next year. One such leader, a former Union minister, thought it would be a good idea to let people know about Indira’s ideas and legacy using virtual reality headsets. The leader even brought a few headsets to the party headquarters for senior leaders to see and experience. But party veterans such as Motilal Vora and R K Dhawan were left stumped by the headsets, and seemed unsure whether people would be impressed by this particular idea.
In A Rush
It is a common sight in the Supreme Court corridors to see lawyers and their associates running from one courtroom to another to attend cases. On Tuesday, a woman lawyer sprinted and made her way to the front when a bench led by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur was about to defer the hearing of a matter, which was to be argued by her senior. Since she was out of breath and struggling to speak, the CJI asked her to sit down and catch her breath. As Justice Thakur saw Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand waiting for her case, which was listed next, he said, “Will you advise the same run to Ms Anand. She may be benefited too.”