Former President A P J Abdul Kalam may not have been in the judiciary, but his desire to sit in the chair of a High Court chief justice was revealed on Thursday. During the NJAC hearing, Justice J Chelameswar recalled an incident when Kalam visited the Hyderabad High Court and expressed a wish to sit in the chief justice’s chair. “We agreed and he actually sat in the chair. One of my senior colleagues made it more real by arguing like a counsel before him too,” the judge recalled.
Yoga Day Special
From Brandenburg Gate to Eiffel Tower, from Times Square to the UN headquarters, yoga enthusiasts across the world will perform in the backdrop of iconic landmarks on Sunday, the International Yoga Day. UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon will perform the “Dhyan pose in Sambhavi mudra” in the lawns of UN. He will be joined by about 250 diplomats. The UN lawns will have 250 yoga mats and 250 chairs — and diplomats will be free to choose whether they want to perform or watch. About 30,000 yoga enthusiasts will be watching and performing at the Times Square.
Rahul Gandhi will spend Friday morning meeting people in Delhi. This is perhaps the first time since he entered politics that he will be in Delhi on his birthday. The Congress vice-president usually takes off to a foreign destination, mostly London, to celebrate his birthday to avoid long queues of party well-wishers. Rahul was in Punjab on Thursday from where he went to Kausani in Uttarakhand. Back in Delhi on Thursday night, he will meet Congress leaders and workers who are expected to throng his 12, Tughlaq lane residence to greet him Friday morning. But sources say there is a possibility of him leaving Delhi for a foreign destination later on Friday.
Amidst speculation over Rahul Gandhi’s future, yet another indication that he may take over as Congress president came from AICC treasurer and Nehru-Gandhi family loyalist Motilal Vora on Thursday. Without giving a timeline, the Congress veteran asserted that Rahul will be elevated as party president. The buzz in the Congress is that his elevation could be as early as in August. The party has already put the organisational elections on the back burner after extending the deadline for the membership drive again but Vohra said Rahul will become the president under the election process. He said the party will continue to be guided by Sonia Gandhi.
Railways instructions asking employees to participate in its yoga programme on Sunday at the Rail Bhawan has drawn some curiosity. In an internal circular issued to officers, the ministry has asked everyone to “please come in proper dress befitting the dignity of the occasion”. Employees who inquired whether there was a dress code were told that there was none, leaving many amused and wondering.