While all AIADMK MPs keep a colour photograph of their leader J Jayalalithaa in the pockets of their partially transparent white shirts, A Navaneethakrishnan, the party’s new leader in the Rajya Sabha, has gone a step further. When he is in the House, he takes out the photo from his pocket and keeps it on the desk in front of him. Some MPs claim they have also seen him greeting Amma’s photo now and then. Whether his gesture pleased Amma is not clear, but the Rajya Sabha is not impressed. On Wednesday, he was asked by the House officials to remove the picture from the table.
During a calling attention motion in the Rajya Sabha on the plight of rubber farmers, CPM’s P Rajeeve urged deputy chairman P J Kurien to treat the matter with urgency as Kurien had “more than one acre of rubber plantation”. When Kurien insisted that he has only one acre plantation, Rajeeve replied, “That’s just in your own name, sir.”
Dose of Gandhigiri
The condemnation of his remarks that Gandhi was a “British agent” seems to have had no effect on Justice (retd) Markandey Katju. In his latest blog post, Katju has justified his remarks saying conditions in India were so “critical” that “harsh and truthful” language needed to be used. This has prompted the All India Forward Bloc, a constituent of the group of Left parties, to use some “Gandhigiri”. It has requested its supporters to send flowers to Katju. It has also sent a letter to Katju saying that the party will pray for him. “In this age, specially after retirement from Supreme Court and Press Council of India, you many not be in a stable physical and mental condition. We have already requested all supporters and countrymen to send flowers and pray for your physical and mental recovery. Get well soon Mr. Katju. Our sympathy is with you always,” the letter sent by general secretary Debabrata Biswas says.
While the posts of NCERT Director and CBSE Chairman are yet to be filled, another key vacancy is about to arise in an institution of the HRD Ministry. The tenure of Avinash Dikshit, commissioner of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), will come to an end on April 6. Dikshit’s term had run into controversy when the NDA government decided to replace German with Sanskrit as a third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas. At the time, the government had claimed that the MoU between KVS and the Goethe-Institute/Max Mueller Bhavan under the previous government, which had been signed by Dikshit, “violated” the three language formula.