all sections of the political spectrum. Manmohan Singh’s grandson was a pupil, so was Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s ward. Sitaram Yechury, Subramanian Swamy, Kapil Sibal, Harsh Vardhan, Jairam Ramesh, Shanti Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav are all parents of Sardar Patel alumni.
This is obviously the season for tell-all books. Sanjaya Baru and Natwar Singh started the trend, and now others are following suit. Former TV anchor Rajdeep Sardesai is coming out shortly with a book on the recent parliamentary elections and what went on behind the scenes. Former Congress environment minister Jairam Ramesh is writing not one but three books. One on the environment, another on land acquisition and a third on the Maoists. The books will explain the how and why of certain controversial decisions taken by the UPA.
Congress persons are unanimous that Vinod Rai was a disastrous choice as the Comptroller and Auditor General. The CAG reports under his tenure pinpointed many acts of omission and commission by key members of the Manmohan Singh government and gave the Opposition abudant opportunity to attack the Congress. Many in the party were curious as to who was responsible for Rai’s selection to the post. Rai, it seems, was the choice of former finance minister P Chidambaram, and Manmohan Singh’s principal secretary T K A Nair backed him. The party high command had actually wanted to appoint Sanjeev Mishra, an outstanding Gujarat-cadre officer. He was, however, not selected because he had once worked under L K Advani when he was Union home minister.