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Son Politics (pic Amar Sinh Solanki)
The sweeping winds of change in the Congress seem to be taking their toll on the old guard. Still reluctant to see the writing on the wall after the elevation of Mr Rahul Gandhi to the number two position, they are still trying to come to terms with the changing times.
There are some others who are finding it difficult to keep pace with the developments. Few of them are openly talking about the difficulties they are facing to recognize the increasing number of youngsters coming to the fore particularly those wards of some of the senior leaders. This concept was visible during the recently held ‘chintan shivir’ of the Congress in Jaipur.
These senior leaders including one from a leading north India state was trying to figure out as to who is the son of which senior leader, on the scene or retired.  But had difficulty in really naming them.
The best option left for him was to strike similarities in the features of a young leader to his father or mother with whom this North India leader, also a former chief minister, had worked in the past. “That seems to be the son of Mr Amar Sinh Solanki, former Union Minister and a veteran party leader from Gujarat, he said while pointing towards Mr Bharat Sinh Solanki. And the exercise was repeated by him many times as and when some more young leaders came before him.
This is another matter that the son of this former Chief Minister is already making efforts to carve a niche for himself in politics. He has already lost a Lok Sabha and an Assembly election under the tutelage of his father. Well, he also has a striking resemblance to his father. The other senior leaders will not find it difficult to recognise the young leaders as son of the former chief minister of Punjab.
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Braving Cold (Pic Vohra)
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Mr N N Vohra, a die-hard bureaucrat, does not seem to have come to terms with the cold climate of Kashmir. At least, he has not developed immunity to cold weather. This is despite the fact that he has been presiding over the hilly state for the past nearly four years or so.
A life trustee of Delhi’s prestigious India International Centre, Mr Vohra had the onerous task of inaugurating a photo exhibition depicting the rich cultural heritage of Kashmir particularly Srinagar city in the open lawns in the vicinity of sprawling Lodi Gardens recently.
Well clad, Mr Vohra could not help but jocularly comment in the face of wind and cold. “I thank the organisers for selecting such a windy and drafty corridor which I have never experienced in life,” he commented amidst peals of laughter from the audience. It gave him reason enough to cut short his speech to end the function. Not even in Kashmir.
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Gadkari’s Out ( Pic Gadkari)
Even the much pronounced nationalist organisation involved in social activities, the RSS, is having its share of factionalism and organisational feuds despite its fast shrinking base. The unseemly manner in which Mr Nitin Gadkari was denied second term as BJP president brought simmering differences within the RSS into open. Generally viewed as a monolithic organisation, this episode clearly showed that that like political parties, the RSS is also no alien to internal factional battles and feuds.
Mr Gadkari’s second term was almost a foregone conclusion despite allegations of financial bungling in some companies owned by him only on account of his proximity to some top RSS leaders including its chief Mr Mohan Bhagwat. But he thought it prudent not to further precipitate the issue seeing differences prevailing even within the RSS from where he was drawing his strength.
While Mr Bhagwat stood by him, other RSS leaders such as Mr Suresh Soni, Mr Bhaiyyaji Joshi and Mr CR Kanan threw their weight behind remove-Gadkari-campaign launched by Mr L K Advani. They felt that the BJP’s anti-corruption drive against the UPA Government will fail if Mr Gadkari was given a second term.
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Lastupdate on : Fri, 1 Feb 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 1 Feb 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 2 Feb 2013 00:00:00 IST




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