Tiring journey

The arduous 208-day padayatra over 2,817 km has taken its toll on Telugu Desam chief N Chandrababu Naidu’s legs.

Published:May 21, 2013 2:25 am

The arduous 208-day padayatra over 2,817 km has taken its toll on Telugu Desam chief N Chandrababu Naidu’s legs. In the Capital to submit a memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee demanding dismissal of tainted ministers in Andhra Pradesh,the former chief minister paid a visit to a noted physiotherapy clinic in south Delhi. He has been suffering from severe pain in his knees and toes. He has difficulty walking after his seven-month walk through the state. But the pain,it seems,has not entirely drained him. Party insiders said he is set to undertake yet another yatra — but this time on a bus — to criss-cross the six districts which he could not cover during his padayatra.

DUAL PURPOSE

One does not know what came out of the India-US Strategic Dialogue on Education last week,but it did seem to be a good outing for HRD Minister M M Pallam Raju. He used the opportunity to visit his alma mater,Temple University of Philadelphia,from where he obtained an MBA degree. He was the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremony of his former college. Raju also visited other campuses and attended conferences. His excitement on his US visit could easily be gauged from his fervent activity on social networking website Twitter,where he has been posting about all the events,meetings and dinners. But missing from his messages was any news on what India achieved from the dialogue.

MENU LESSON

The Chinese needed to be explained about the dishes on the menu at the lunch hosted for Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at Hyderabad House on Monday,but the organisers made sure that the Indian guests were not left in doubt as well. Like the English menu,therefore,the Hindi menu too had elaborate description of the dishes. For example,Motia Uttapam was clearly spelt out as uttapam (there was an explanation for what uttapam is as well) with a paste of pea spread over it. Similar explanations in Hindi accompanied all other dishes as well. Meanwhile,Li who had restricted himself to a vegetarian meal at the dinner at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s residence earlier,feasted on kadhai prawn curry,grilled fish,Gosht Gilavat Kabab and Murgh Dum Pukht on Monday and reminisced about his days in India,way back in 1986 when he had visited Taj Mahal. Li was also served Rajmah Badrwah,a delicacy from Kashmir,which he found quite tasty,according to those sitting on his table.

SUMMIT CALLED OFF

The much-awaited summit of three emerging economies,India,Brazil and South Africa,together known as IBSA,has been postponed,South Block insiders say. Preparations were being made for the summit,a multilateral event to be held in Delhi early June,but Brazilian President Dilma Roussef has conveyed some scheduling problems. Dilma had come to India last year for the BRICS summit and this would have been her second trip to Delhi — there were plans to take her to Taj Mahal — but that is not to be,it seems. No new dates have been given as of now,but South African President Jacob Zuma has just been apprised of the new development.

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