WHILE INFORMATION and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu is himself an effective communicator, he cited the example of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a new batch of Indian Information Service officers. Naidu advised them to adopt technology for better communication, just like Modi’s effective use of the social media. He added that the Prime Minister has also made innovative use of an old medium like radio, through his Mann ki Baat programme.
THERE IS hardly any conversation these days which does not meander into a BJP vs Congress debate. Even a meeting of freedom fighters was no exception. At a recent photo exhibition on Muslim freedom fighters at the India Islamic Centre, organised by a Congress MLC from Telangana, a freedom fighter criticised the Narendra Modi government. Another attacked the Congress, focussing on its decline. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, who was present, had to ask one of the organisers to remind the speakers to focus on their experience during the freedom struggle and avoid a political discussion.
FLOODING IN Allahabad has washed away the Congress’s plan to begin its outreach to the Brahmin community from the birthplace of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. The Congress was to hold a Brahmin meet in Allahabad on September 2. With many parts of the city under water, the party has decided to shift the venue. It will now hold two special Brahmin meets, one in Lucknow on September 2 and the other in Kanpur two days later. While an apolitical body named Brahmin Chetna Parishad is being set up to serve as the official organiser, all the top Brahmin leaders of the Congress are expected to be present on the dais.
In The Spotlight
THE NEW Gujarat BJP chief, Jitubhai Vaghani, was seen interacting with Gujarati news channels during a break at the BJP core committee meeting. He was clearly enjoying the attention, happily talking in front of the cameras. But something seemed to have happened when he went inside for the next session of the meeting. When he came out during the next break, he was a changed man. As mediapersons made their way towards him, he almost ran away. Some people in the party seemed to have noticed how media-friendly he was during the earlier break.
Loss & Gain
SANJEEV SINGH, an IG in the National Investigation Agency, has been denied extension of central deputation. IPS officers Mukesh Singh and Anil Shukla, who have both been empanelled as IGs, are functioning as DIGs in the NIA due to absence of any IG-level vacancy. With Singh set to go back to his parent cadre in Madhya Pradesh, one of the two officers will be elevated. Since Anil Shukla is senior to Mukesh Singh, he is likely to take Sanjeev Singh’s place.