RSS bosses in Nagpur may not be exactly pleased by the Chief Minister’s decision to throw open the organisation’s shakhas for government employees. RSS insiders say that the organisation consciously maintains low profile. It does not resort to dharnas or demonstrations on public issues.
Here, secrecy is the buzzword. It is against the RSS character to court unnecessary controversy by putting its Swayamsewaks on spotlight, especially if they happen to be in government jobs.
Small wonder then that, despite ban, Swayamsewaks in the government jobs contributed to the BJP’s spectacular victory in the 2003 Assembly election. That Digvijay Singh’s warning had no meaning is borne out by the fact that his government could not take action against any government servant for involvement in RSS activities.
ABVP versus CM
ABVP’s open attacks on Chief Minister Shivraj Singh have brought furrows on BJP leaders’ foreheads. They are confounded as to why this ‘baby of the family’ is so desperate to settle scores with the CM on streets over the Prof H S Sabharwal’s death. Of course, the ABVP’s anger after naming of its four more workers as accused in the Sabharwal murder case is understandable.
But, there is more to the ABVP’s aggressive posturing than meets the eyes, feel party leaders. They suspect role of a senior party leader behind it. The leader had reportedly advised the Chief Minister to control the damage on the issue by ordering a CBI probe into the issue. Shivraj Singh ignored the advice, saying the CID is doing fine job. This is precisely what has infuriated the ABVP.
Women in GAD
Conventional wisdom has it that when goaded, women are more prone to divulging secrets than men. Feminists will most certainly like to say this is a myth perpetuated by the male-dominated society. The State Government appears to subscribe to the feminist view. The General Administration Department that is supposed to keep a host of governmental secrets is a case in point.
For years the GAD has not seen male administrative head. The last one was Vijay Patidar. After him, the GAD has seen only women IAS officers as principal secretary. First it was Ranjana Choudhary who was succeeded by Aruna Sharma, then came Abha Asthana followed by Alka Upadhyaya and now Veera Rana.
Lage Raho Munnabhai
State Congress may not have much to speak about. But it has (too) many to speak for. With appointment of two more spokespersons, MPCC chief Subhash Yadav has sought to give an impression that the organisation is alive and kicking, never mind the long-overdue announcement of the State executive.
Now, the war of attrition among the spokespersons will keep giving a semblance of action in the State Congress headquarters.
Party leaders, who have begun to see the party office more as a theatre of absurd, say they won’t be surprised if many more spokespersons were appointed in future. ‘Lage Raho Munnabhai’ is how a Congressman cheered up the Yadav’s initiative.
Corruption and sex
Once Indira Gandhi had famously remarked that corruption is a global phenomenon. State’s Commercial Tax Minister Babulal Gaur’s philosophical take on the issue is where there is wealth, corruption is inevitable.
“Corruption and wealth exist like disease and human body and sex between man and woman,” he explained. He was talking to reporters soon after his return from China.
Contributed by Rakesh Dixit, Ranjan, Manish Dixit, Debobrat Ghose