But with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s sarkar having fallen out with the state’s most influential media group, Sarkar suspected that his bodyguards were doubling up as moles to spy on him Sarkar recently sent a note asking the Kolkata Police to withdraw his security cover However a report from the Home Ministry at the Centre said that the Patrika owner continued to be at risk from radical Islamist groups The Central government has now provided him Y-category security with a CRPF detail on guard round the clock Gandhi sketch A sketch of a laughing Mahatma Gandhi drawn in chalk by British artist Jacob Kramer in 1931 when Gandhiji was attending the Second Round Table Conference is to be auctioned shortly in London Indar Pasricha the owner of the drawing believes the portrait should return to India and preferably adorn the Prime Minister’s office In the early 1990s Gopalkrishna Gandhi as director of the Nehru Centre had made an unsuccessful bid to purchase a similar work by the same artist A statue of the Mahatma is to be installed in London’s Parliament Square in 2016 The statue incidentally will be just a stone’s throw from that of Winston Churchill who had disparagingly referred to Gandhi as “half-naked fakir” Conceding defeat The Congress seemed to have conceded defeat even before the results of the Assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra were announced The party refused to provide space for television channels to set up their equipment for live coverage on counting day at 24 Akbar Road the AICC headquarters The party office is almost deserted these days Sonia Gandhi addressed only four meetings in Maharashtra and three in Haryana while Rahul restricted his campaigning to six rallies in Maharashtra and four in Haryana In contrast Prime Minister Modi addressed 27 meetings in Maharashtra and 11 in Haryana Amit Shah attended 17 meetings in Maharashtra and 22 in Haryana For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Virender Kumar | Published: April 18 2012 3:28 am Related News Akhilesh Yadav earns much goodwill by doing a few simple things The regime change in Uttar Pradesh is a breath of fresh air Its not merely that a new chief minister and a new government have taken over; it is the end of the most opaque and secretive regime in the states history In a waythis is UPs own glasnost moment In the past one monthAkhilesh Yadav has earned much goodwill by doing a few simple things To begin withthe CMs residence is no longer a forbidden fortress people can walk in and Akhilesh listens to their grievances He has already earmarked a day in the week for MPs and MLAs from all parties to meet him When Mayawati was CMeven her ministers had to wait for weeks to get an appointment SecondAkhilesh has restored the power and prestige of ministers They have been given a free hand In Mayawatis timeministers were wary of being seen with opposition leaders and mediapersons Now BSP MLAs and MLCs can be seen in the offices of ministersdiscussing the problems in their constituencies Thirdthe chief secretary has been given his rightful place as the cabinet secretary and the head of the administration Mayawati had handpicked Shashank Shekhar Singhwho did not belong to the IASand appointed him cabinet secretary and head of the administration After a controversy and a PILwhich questioned how a man not bound by all-India service rules could be head of the administrationSingh was retained just as cabinet secretary But in that capacityhe kept summoning officersholding meetingspassing instructions No civil servant dared to disagree with him Nowofficials are ready to speak their mind Fourththe new CM has tried to repair relations between the government and the oppositionwhich had broken down in Mayawatis time When he first went to the assemblyAkhilesh walked up to the opposition leaders and exchanged pleasantries Last weeka BJP MLA met him and complained that Revenue Minister Ambika Choudhary had grabbed land in his village It is early days but the change is visible The young CM attends office regularlysits through meetingslistens to officials Mayawati rarely attended officehad little patience for meetings the task was left to her cabinet secretary and when she didshe spoke more than she listened AlreadyAkhilesh seems to have learned some lessons For exampleexuberance is no substitute for informed decision-making In the first flush of victoryhis cabinet decided to give unemployment allowance to everyone above 35 years This led to a rush at employment exchanges A wiser government is now trying to work out some reasonable criteria It has also refrained from making any further grand announcements It seems Akhilesh has realised that while commitment to the Samajwadi Partys manifesto is all very wellthe states treasury is not a bottomless chest Akhilesh will also have to learn how to deal with people within his party and government He is the new face of the SP educatedwithout any taint from the past and unburdened by the outdated anti-Englishanti-computer ideological baggage of his partys old guard But the party hasnt changed much In spite of Akhileshs warning that he would not tolerate goondaismthere have been several incidents where SP men took the law into their hands Both as CM and state party presidentAkhilesh will have to show firmness The problem could partly be thatAkhileshs ministersbarring a feware old loyalists of his father Mulayam Singh Yadav The day Akhilesh and his ministers were sworn inhis cabinet sent the governor an ordinance to extend Lokayukta NK Mehrotras termwhich had ended the same dayby two years Since the hurriedly drafted ordinance had legal flawsGovernor BL Joshi refused to sign it Lateranother ordinance was sent to the Raj Bhavan to make the changes with retrospective effectwhich led to some inevitable questions: Who was so desperate to push a change in the law to benefit one man How did it enhance the credibility of the Lokayukta and the government Akhilesh also has to fight the perception that the power rests with his father Maybe Mulayam is being an over-protective father But the way Akhilesh ran the SP election campaignthe way he cleared the partys ideological cobwebsthe way he invested the party with an appeal that went beyond its traditional support base and the way he has conducted himself in the last one month show that his instincts are right Mulayam would do well to trust and support the CMand not do backseat driving For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by The Indian Express | Published: April 2 2012 3:08 am Related News Had Thimayya won * Inder Malhotra forgot to mention that after the then defence ministers gigantic ego was assuaged vis-a-vis the then army chiefwe got a drubbing at the hands of the Chinese (The Generals labyrinth, But this is India for you, “When the team of Ambarsariya came to me and said we would love to have you in this part…I was really caught up with my business, etc.
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