Advocacy is said to be a noble profession, and also has a dress code. Taking the second part lightly landed a Delhi lawyer in trouble when the Supreme Court refused to hear him because he was not properly dressed. A bench led by Justice J S Khehar took strong exception to the lawyer wearing a bandhgala jacket with top buttons open. The judge told the lawyer that he will not be heard until he was properly dressed, and that he should come back another day. “Learned counsel for the petitioners is not properly dressed. Post for hearing after two weeks,” the order stated.
RSS Shadow Over JLF
Indicating its growing clout, the RSS is set to make its debut at the Jaipur Literature Festival in January. Termed as the “greatest literary show on the earth”, the festival will have two top pracharaks as participant speakers: Akhil Bharatiya prachar pramukh Manmohan Vaidya and sahsarkaryavah Dattatreya Hosabale. It coincides with another development. Some of the most prominent writers of the ‘award wapasi’ campaign that took place around the intolerance debate — including Ashok Vajpeyi, Uday Prakash and K Satchidanandan, who have been JLF regulars — have apparently not been invited this year.
After the Women and Child Development Ministry, which outsourced its social media communications to a special team, Venkaiah Naidu’s two ministries —- Urban Development, and Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation —- have now hired a marketing agency. While Naidu’s in-house team would continue to take care of his personal Twitter handle, the agency has been made in charge of the ministry’s handles. In addition to social media, the firm will also oversee media relations and branding with regards to the Modi government’s flagship urban missions such as Smart Cities, AMRUT and Swachh Bharat.
With Prime Minister Narendra Modi all set to address booth-level workers in his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi on December 22, Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel is very keen on having some health-related programmes dovetailed into his schedule. Among launches that were considered were that of a telemedicine van and an Asha Jyoti van but they did not make the cut. With Patel’s office actively pursuing the matter, the ministry is still looking for a suitable programme or scheme around which a function can be held but is increasingly running out of time. It is now waiting for a PMO nod for the inauguration of a health mela, as Patel suggested, but is grappling with a reluctant BHU.