Now that Pawan Kumar Bansal has resigned as the railway minister, some in the Congress feel that he may also be denied the Lok Sabha seat from Chandigarh the next time.
Keeping tabs on the political grapevine
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar is apparently exploring the option of contesting from a new seat this time since things do not seem to be too encouraging for the Congress in Bihar.
In politics there are no permanent friends or foes, or so it is believed. With elections drawing near, the Congress is opening its doors to estranged allies.
When Prime Minister Manmohan Singh turned down an invitation from the Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) at Delhi University to attend the institution’s annual day as chief guest in March, his decision was seen by many critics as owing to a reluctance to speak on a platform where Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi famously wowed students recently.
The surprise hit film Kai Po Che, which raked in R17 crore in its first two days, has been criticised by many commentators and critics as a film insidiously promoting Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi.
Activism and youth go together more than ever before, but the approach is changing.
Newly appointed editor of Time International says that his ‘Indian-ness’ gives him a different perspective.
Initiating the discussion on the general budget last week, BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi quoted from the verses of Thiruvalluvar, a Tamil poet routinely quoted by finance minister P Chidambaram in his budgets.
Five years after the beginning of a revolutionary transition, Nepal is without a Constituent Assembly, which was dissolved in May 2012, has a caretaker government since May 2012 and is struggling to find ways to draft a new constitution.
Telecom minister Kapil Sibal was not exactly polite to BJP leader LK Advani when he came to greet the treasury benches in the Lok Sabha on the first day of the budget session.
After many years of searching for a solution to my natural tendency of worrying, I finally found it in the well-known verse 2.47 of the Bhagavad-Geeta.
One is no better than an animal if one does not try to be on the path of self-improvement. As human beings with high intelligence, we need to do constant thinking on ways and means to be better every day.
We promise so many things, but hardly translate them into action. The ratio between our thoughts/promises and actions is quite huge. And we don’t care.We promise so many things, but hardly translate them into action. The ratio between our thoughts/promises and actions is quite huge. And we don’t care.
Recently, I was travelling from Allahabad to New Delhi by night train along with my family. My wife and myself were allotted upper births. As my wife has quite a bulky body, the upper birth was highly inconvenient for her.
I tried hard for a change. On the lower birth, there was gentleman, a senior citizen, with grey hair and beards; so I could not dare ask him for any favour. On the adjacent lower birth, I found a healthy middle-aged person in police uniform. I requested him politely for exchange of berths. But all in vain. The gentleman gave no answer to me. He kept silent with no emotion on his face.
At last, my wife was struggling hard to occupy her upper birth when suddenly we heard a voice: “Mrs. Srivastav, I cannot see you on the upper birth. Please take my birth. I am going to occupy the upper one.” That was the old gentleman, glowing with his gesture of sacrifice. I saw the stout gentleman in Khaki sitting pretty on his lower birth. What a contrast of human nature and behaviour. We thanked a lot to the gentleman who offered his lower birth to my wife.
We all enjoyed the night journey. Next morning, we all got up and finished our morning routine. Slowly, the train was moving towards New Delhi station. We noticed the gentleman on the lower birth in Khaki was loudly chanting ‘Hanuman Chalisa’ — verses in the praise of Lord Hanuman. Perhaps he forgot to realise that Lord Hanuman was had very high respect and regard for Sitaji — the symbol of Indian womanhood.
No need to be in a dilemma whom to call the real devotee of Hanumanji — the person who chanted the Hanuman Chalisa very loudly or the person without any such chanting but having great honour and respect for a lady through his actions.
MM Pallam Raju is back on Twitter. And unlike his earlier flirtation in 2010, the HRD minister says he is back on the platform “permanently”.