From Mahatma Gandhi to Rahul Gandhi, the Congress says it gets inspiration from its pantheon of illustrous past and present leaders. But P V Narasimha Rao is certainly not inspiring enough for the Congress. The revamped Congress website has a section titled “Our inspiration”.
Besides the Mahatma, it names Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, Subhash Chandra Bose, Maulana Azad, K Kamaraj, B R Ambedkar, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Indira Gandhi, Jagjivan Ram, Rajiv Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi and provides their profiles. Rao is missing and perhaps it is not surprising given the Congress’s reluctance to acknowledge his contributions, the most important being the opening up of the economy.
FOUNDER of popular Bengali folk band “Bhoomi” and renowned percussionist Soumitra Roy’s name in the list of TMC candidates surprised many in the party. He is being fielded from Malda North, a Congress bastion. His mother Manjula Ray was the South Kolkata Youth Congress chief back in the days when Mamata started her political career in the Congress and both shared a good rapport. TMC insiders said that in many ways Roy’s mother happened to be Mamata’s “first boss” and the family went back to the days when Mamata was a teenager.
AFTER many months in the party organisation, Congress general secretary Ajay Maken is banking on his tenure as sports minister to romp home this elections. Maken has lined up a slew of sportspersons, including Olympic medal winners M C Mary Kom, Vijender Singh, and former sprint queen P T Usha lauding his commitment to sports in radio ads. Mary Kom and Vijender credit him with the infrastructure that helped them prepare for medal-winning performances.
THE environment ministry appears to have a dearth of talent as far as animal-related experts are concerned. That alone can explain why Maj Gen (Retd) Dr R M Kharb, a distinguished veterinarian, has won a fourth consecutive term as chairman, Animal Welfare Board of India. Not to be left behind, his deputy Dr S Chinny Krishna has been appointed vice-chairman of AWBI for the third time. AWBI, incidentally, comes with a rather illustrious Board which has for its members, the Prime Minister, the President, founder chairman AWBI Rukmini Arundale and the sitting chairman.