Teaching the President

Teaching the President

Who could teach the teacher? This dictum cannot be entirely true, but when it comes to Indian Constitution.

Who could teach the teacher? This dictum cannot be entirely true, but when it comes to Indian Constitution, and the politics, and the person in-front is President Mr Pranab Mukherjee, anyone howsoever erudite better drop their ideas to educate the Dada, as Mr Mukherjee is lovingly called by nears and dears.


The person at the receiving end was none other than the senior Congress leader and AICC general secretary Mr C P Joshi, considered close to the party vice-president Mr Rahul Gandhi.


Mr Joshi was accompanying a delegation comprising JD-U, Rashtriya Janata Dal, Congress, and CPI MLAs that met Mr Mukherjee in relation to political developments in Bihar, when he sprang a surprise by trying to harangue on a Constitutional provision to convince the President. Mr Joshi is the AICC general secretary in-charge of Bihar.


If the eye witnesses are to be believed Mr Joshi took out a book and started reading certain Constitutional provisions to convince Mr Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan. And this happened in presence of senior political leaders such Mr Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mr Nitish Kumar, Mr Sharad Yadav and Mr Lalu Prasad Yadav.


Expectedly, Mr Mukherjee was reportedly quick to retort as someone tried to teach the Constitution and its provisions regarding role of Governors.


“Do not teach me the Constitution”, came the retort from the President. A much more mellowed man after becoming the President, Mr Mukherjee stopped at that.

The eyewitness vouched that Mr Joshi after that was a complete frozen frame as he did not know what to do.


Meeting Students 


The crushing defeat that BJP has received at the hands of Aam Aadmi Party in Delhi will have a salutary effect on the saffron party or not, which of late has been known for arrogance and high pitched criticism.


Has to be seen The one who is in the centre of controversy for her acerbic comments and aggressive approach, Human Resource Minister Mrs Samriti Zubin Irani seem to be having second thought despite having created a controversy in snubbing a ‘shair’ (poet) in a Muslim dominated area of Chandni Chowk during Assembly election campaign where she had gone to address a public meeting.


It may be music to the ears of many; the Minister has started interacting with students of Delhi University and her first stop was Shri Ram College of Commerce.


The interaction, officially, is being described as part of her plan to hold discussions with educational institutions on the new national education policy but it certainly has a political meaning as well.


The Minister is slated to hold such interactions to focus on the 33 broad themes that have been identified. Subsequently, she will visit prestigious institutions such as Hindu College, Delhi College of Engineering and Jawaharlal Nehru University, among others.


Just 300 words 


The secretaries of the Government of India, it seems, are learning lessons in brevity. While common people can interact with the government agencies and departments through web platform – mygov.in – the secretaries can use the same mechanism to get in touch with Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi.


This has both positive and negative reactions in the bureaucratic circles. One big positive is that the secretary level officers have seized this opportunity to send their views directly to the Prime Minister but with a rider. They cannot write the message in more than 300 words.


Keep it pithy, short and effective, seems to be the message for them, and be to the point.