In Modi season, as the nation gets inundated with tailored messages, speeches, posters, radio jingles and TV spots, there is a new book set to hit the market. And this one is by BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi himself. A collection of his 67 poems, translated from Gujarati into English by Ravi Mantha, the book promises to “transport us into the poet’s mind – his voice, his vision and his thoughts”. Titled A Journey — Poems by Narendra Modi, its publisher Rupa Publications claims that sentiments of “devotion and dedication, love and longing, strength and vulnerability”, all find expression in this anthology to be released on April 20.
Even as it seems set to bow out of office, the UPA government has granted a two-year extension to Law Secretary (Legal Affairs) P K Malhotra, who is currently holding additional charge of the post. Malhotra, who is also Secretary, Legislative Department, will take over formally on Wednesday. The decision to give a two-year tenure to Malhotra was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth. Incidentally, the previous Legal Affairs Secretary B A Agarwal, who is currently member of Central Administrative Tribunal, had also been given a two-year term but desperately tried to get another job months before his term was to end.
Its national plans may have fizzled out but the Trinamool Congress is going big on its virtual outreach plans. In what it calls its 360 degree communication plan, the party has unveiled mobile apps for android and iPhones for continuous updates on its activities. The apps show 20 latest news stories and videos on the party. It is also seeking feedback from users to iron out glitches.
The BJP manifesto curiously opens with a preface that quotes 11th century Spanish scholar Al-Andalusi from his work ‘Tabaqat al-Umam’ where he lavishes praise on the people of India. It later talks of the Freedom Struggle making a mention of Vallabhbhai Patel this time besides Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Mahatma Gandhi, Sri Aurobindo and Subhas Chandra Bose. Interestingly, the manifesto looks beyond a five-year term and concludes with promises of a ‘Amritmayi Bharat’. It has declared well in advance the year 2022 — India’s 75th year of independence — as ‘Amrit Mahotsav’.