Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke to the nation through the radio to convince the farmers about the positives of the changes that his government has made to the land acquisition law, it seems he will have to hold another radio programme — exclusively to hardsell the changes to RSS ideologues and leaders of various RSS-affiliated groups. Among the strongest critics of the land bill changes is K N Govindacharya, whose Rashtriya Swabhiman Aandolan believes the revised land bill will add to the number of poor and marginalised. Govindacharya, incidentally, is not the only one opposing the changes.
On March 23, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Khatkar Kalan, the village of martyr Bhagat Singh to pay homage to the freedom fighter on his birth anniversary. But it is not just the Prime Minister who will join the nation in paying homage to the martyr. In neighbouring Pakistan, the Awami Workers Party has also asked its members to participate in a march in Lahore the same day to pay homage to Singh, who was hanged by the Britishers.
HOME Minister Rajnath Singh will finally shift to his new house on 17 Akbar Road this week. Singh, who had been staying in his Ashoka Road residence all this while, is planning to shift this week as it is also the auspicious week of Navratras. Though the new house was ready for occupation, Singh was apparently waiting for the auspicious period of nine days, which started Saturday, to shift.
Hassled by invites
Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju is facing a peculiar problem these days. The Ministry of External Affairs is learnt to be sending him requests to be the chief guest at various embassy and high commission functions and the minister has not been able to turn these down. Initially, when MEA started sending such requests, Rijiju’s office accepted them all, in the interests of diplomatic niceties. But now, he is apparently inundated with such requests, and he doesn’t know how to refuse.
Charity begins at home. And therefore the campaign to promote yoga should also begin with itself. The government has decided to organise free yoga training sessions for its staff and their dependents from April 1 in Delhi and eight other cities. The two-hour training sessions, from 6.30 to 8.30 in the morning and 4.30 to 6.30 in the evening, would be organised at the Grih Kalyan Kendra Samaj Sadans on all days except Sundays and gazetted holidays. Besides Delhi, the yoga sessions are planned to be started in Gurgaon, Faridabad, Mumbai, Chennai, Nagpur, Kolkata, Dehradun, and Bangalore.