Delhi Diary


Mukherjee Junior
For Mr Abhijeet Mukherjee it is proving to be a difficult nut to crack, to step into his father, President Pranab Mukherjee’s shoes. Known for his political calculations, the Mukherjee senior had some moments of embarrassment thanks to his son and heir apparent.
Abhijeet, who recently won Lok Sabha bi-elections from West Bengal from the seat vacated by his father, literally put his foot in his mouth with his ‘painting and denting’ remark to describe the women protesting against gang rape of a Delhi girl. Coming from the Mukherjee scion, Abhijeet’s remarks came as a rude shock to all those who have steadfastly followed his father’s political graph and his style of functioning. Not given to making any loose statement, Mr Pranab Mukherjee was reportedly enraged at his son’s behaviour.
First it was Sharmishtha who went public criticising his own brother, later her brother had to go live on the TV channels to apologise. A distraught Abhijeet was visibly rattled because he had been severely reprimanded by his dotting father.
That is why it is never too easy to follow in the footsteps that too when footsteps are of a disciplined father.
Unlike many of his party colleagues, senior BJP leader Mr Arun Jaitley is not a tech savy person. This is despite the fact that his close friend Mr Narendra Modi and other leaders such as Mr L K Advani and Ms Sushma Swaraj never let any opportunity go to connect with the people through technology. While Advani and Modi have their own websites, Swaraj frequently uses twitter.
Mr Jaitley seems to have finally decided to catch up with these leaders on the technology front and seek the modern means of connectivity with masses. So far he had stayed out of the cyber world. But not anymore as he already has website in place.
But it was not that easy for him. Someone had already got registered this domain in his name. The legal luminary that Mr Jaitley is, had to face some hiccups before he could start the website. To his chagrin, he found that someone had already got the domain registered in his/her own name. It was only after a small legal battle that Mr Jaitley got it vacated.
PIB e-greeting
Normally, very slow to keep pace with the technological and other developments, the Press Information Bureau (PIB), a wing of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, has decided to become paperless in its operations.
Still caught with the decades old practice of issuing hand-outs and sending packets full of press material to media organisations, the PIB has decided to dispense with this practice. Better late than never, was the immediate reaction of the stakeholders dealing with the PIB.
If the PIB insiders are to be believed, the new year will see a more tech-savy face of the organisation. The beginning will be made with the mailing of an e-greeting card to all media-persons and others connected with the Ministry.
There is more relief in store for the media-persons who have to carry loads of papers from Parliament House related to various ministries. As next step, the Ministry top bosses are planning to stop the process of supplying the Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha question-answers in paper form.
Soon, the ministry will tie up with the Parliament authorities to ensure that all this material goes online. Well, these are the changing times for the PIB under the stewardship of a young and dynamic minister Mr Manish Tiwari.

Shinde taken aback
The UPA Government is decidedly rattled by the developments related to the gang rape of a Delhi girl and took a decision to airlift the victim to Singapore under the cover of darkness, but its functionaries do not seem to have learnt their lessons on how to function in a coordinated manner while dealing with such sensitive issues.
Believe it or not, the Home Minister Mr Sushil Kumar Shinde is unaware about certain related issues and decisions which his junior minister Mr R P N Singh has already announced publically. Mr Shinde was in a for a surprise when asked as to when was his ministry going to bring in the public domain the data regarding the rapists as has been indicated by Mr Singh.
Visibly taken aback by this question, Mr Shinde expressed total ignorance about any such decision having been taken. Who took this decision, was his counter question. When told that his junior was on record having stated this, Mr Shinde promised to look into the matter before he firmed up an opinion on going public with the rapists’ data by putting it on the Home Ministry’s official website.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 28 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 29 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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