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Fanning and fawning

While visiting a grieving family in Mallikpura village,she fanned herself with a handheld fan.

Written by The Indian Express |
September 20, 2013 1:35:36 am

During her visit to riot-affected villages in Muzaffarnagar on Thursday,National Commission for Women chairperson Mamta Sharma was apparently finding it difficult to cope with the heat and dust. While visiting a grieving family in Mallikpura village,she fanned herself with a handheld fan. Her OSD promptly took the fan from her hand,and handed it to one of the women there saying,“Madam ko garmi ki aadat nahin hai na,aap thoda kar do (Madam is not used to the heat,please fan her a bit).”

The woman quietly took the fan and did the needful.

No book break

BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman,who had been missing from action for a couple of weeks,is back. She had gone on a month-long sabbatical to pen a book on former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee,but had to cut it short to take care of party matters. While she has been working on the book for over a year,it seems the book will have to wait a little longer with the articulate spokesperson being much in demand to defend and promote her party’s views in an election year.

Lonely figure

RamdasAthawale,former Lok Sabha member who heads a faction of the RPI,seems to have been isolated these days. The Congress used to invite him to the UPA-I high table for consultations,but he chose to join hands with the Shiv Sena-BJP combine ahead of the BMC elections in 2011. With the Sena later giving him the cold shoulder,Athawale does not know where to go. He is currently seeking a Rajya Sabha berth for himself and six Lok Sabha seats for his partymen. But there is nobody to listen to him.

Quoting Nehru

Iran’s spiritual leader Ayatollah Khamenei has amused the power centres in Delhi with his tweets this week in which he invoked Jawaharlal Nehru’s writings to take on the “imperialist” forces. “Imperialist order is war monger & poverty creator; averts national growth to make countries poor. Read Glimpses of World History by Jawaharlal Nehru,” he tweeted. In another tweet,he said,“Nehru,a trusted & informed person,says Indian industry wasn’t behind UK’s (industry) but Britons barred local industrial growth.” Of late,Khameini has been tweeting that people should read for half-an-hour everyday and that he had read eight volumes of literature while travelling in buses. He even recommended the classic,Les Miserables.

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