In his first official meeting after taking charge as RBI Governor, Urjit Patel’s low profile befuddled many at Niti Aayog. Patel was scheduled to meet the Niti Aayog vice-chairman Tuesday evening and necessary arrangements were made to receive him at the think-tank’s headquarters in the capital, with a senior official waiting at the reception. But the official mistook a person getting out of a luxury car around that time for Patel and escorted him upstairs. Minutes later, when the RBI Governor arrived, he approached the gate alone, carrying his own files. Unable to recognise him, a CISF guard posted at the gate stopped him and asked for his ID card. Without hesitation, Patel showed his card and was allowed to enter.
A Social Family
Sushma Swaraj’s husband Swaraj Kaushal was at his wittiest Tuesday. Asked on Twitter why Sushma did not follow him on the social networking site even though he follows her, Kaushal replied, “I have followed her for past 45 years — Can’t change things now.” Sushma, who does not follow anyone on Twitter, was quick to retweet this.
Split In Ranks
The IPS lobby is split on the issue of supporting IAS officer G K Dwivedi, who was suspended in connection with the renewal of FCRA registration of Zakir Naik’s NGO Islamic Research Foundation. Three IPS officers, who are joint secretaries in the Home Ministry, Tuesday joined their IAS colleagues to register a protest against Dwivedi’s suspension. But many IPS officers Wednesday expressed their displeasure with the IPS Association over their fellow officers joining the IAS cause and argued that Dwivedi deserved suspension for his oversight. There is also a feeling among the IPS that IAS officers never stand up for their cause.
Perturbed by what it deems the growing influence of the West in India, the Sangh will hold a major literary event in Bhopal in November. The first such three-day convention, the Lok Manthan will see prominent writers and intellectuals from India and abroad discuss the theme of “De-colonisation of the Indian mind”. RSS ideologue Rakesh Sinha, also the director of Sangh’s think-tank India Policy Foundation, is among the brains behind the event, which is expected to receive support from the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh.