Sight Unseen

Anybody would be left stumped if a visually-challenged schoolgirl were to ask: “Please tell me,how beautiful is the Parliament House?”

Written by Express News Service | Published: June 8, 2012 12:59 am

Sight Unseen

Anybody would be left stumped if a visually-challenged schoolgirl were to ask: “Please tell me,how beautiful is the Parliament House?” Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar,however,managed to come up with an answer that was able to satisfy the curiosity of this visitor — part of a large group of schoolchildren. “It is as beautiful as your soul,” Kumar exclaimed,leaving the girl all-smiles.

BELATED AWAKENING

MOTILAL Nehru would have turned 151 last month,but India will begin a year of ‘celebrations’ on the occasion of his 150th birth anniversary. The government had last year announced a number of programmes to mark the 150th birth anniversaries of Rabindranath Tagore and Swami Vivekananda. Sometime later,it announced similar programmes for the 150th birth anniversary of Madan Mohan Malviya. It somehow forgot about Motilal Nehru. But it is never too late to commemorate an anniversary. So the plans have now been laid out. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is heading a national-level committee which will have UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi as member. The first meeting of this committee is slated for Friday,during which an implementation committee is likely to be formed to execute the plans.

FAMILY MATTERS

WHILE Congress president Sonia Gandhi is expected to go abroad for a health check-up for a few days,Rahul Gandhi is already out of the country. The word is that he has gone to Saudi Arabia and is expected to be back by June 10. There could be further delay in the much-anticipated organisational reshuffle in the Congress due to their absence.

SPECIAL MENTION

DISABILITY activist Mithu Alur had some thought provoking advice for bureaucrats at the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) meeting held in the Capital. Pointing to the stark absence of any mention of children with special needs on the CABE agenda and any policy framework,Alur said this had to do a lot with the lack of sensitivity about the issue in the bureaucracy within the HRD Ministry. Alur suggested that special courses must be organised for babus on understanding children with special needs and the barriers they are faced with at school. Then,perhaps,these issues will find way in government policy,Alur hoped.

DIFFERENT STROKES

HARYANA Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda is known to be one of the most accessible chief ministers around. But sometimes his patience gets tested. Recently,he received a call almost at midnight from a villager who told him that he was just checking whether the CM was indeed as accessible as is made out to be. Hooda laughed the matter off but another Congress chief minister,who faced a similar incident a few years back,had taken it very seriously. A person had rung up Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on his mobile phone and asked for a job. Unfortunately for the caller though,Rajasthan Police got to him to find out how he had accessed the chief minister’s personal number.

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