NEW DELHI 22-28 DECEMBER 2013 SUNDAY `6 PAGES 32 INDIA’S ONLY WEEKLY NEWSPAPER Follow Us on Twitter: twitter.com/newindianxpress PLUS: 16 PAGES A Slice of Old Bangalore ASK PRABHU Post your questions on website www.newindianexpress.com and Prabhu will answer them. WINTER OF MAYHEM He Has the Patent to Cure Many Ills MAGAZINE Exclusive Voices A Confluence of Aesthetics PRABHU CHAWLA TJS GEORGE TSR SUBRAMANIAN RAVI SHANKAR PRAKASH SINGH J S RAJPUT SHANKKAR AIYAR V SUDARSHAN www.thesundaystandard.com/www.newindianexpress.com The City of Childe Rolande A Visionary Tale of Life And All That Jazz ‘Dhoom 3 Has Stretched Me Beyond Anything I Have Done Before’ AMMA SPEAK Contentment is the Greatest Wealth RAGAGIRI WINS RAHUL GANDHI TAKES CHARGE IN BOTH THE GOVT AND THE PARTY FOR AN IMAGE CHANGE BEFORE 2014 I By SANTWANA BHATTACHARYA It’s His Call f the commotion, the crowded car parks and the winding queue of OB-vans outside 12 Tuglaq Lane—Rahul Gandhi’s office-cum-residence—is compared to the relative lull outside 10, Janpath, the Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s official residence, the scene of action has shifted in the last few weeks. In this backdrop of a “fundamental’’ change in the top echelons of the Congress came Jayanthi Natarajan’s resignation from Minister of State for Environment and Forests position. As it became known on Saturday morning that Natarajan has quit the government for party work, there was little doubt in anyone’s mind who had called the shots: Vice President Rahul Gandhi. Natarajan’s resignation was promptly accepted by President Pranab Mukherjee and her portfolio given over to oil minister M Veerappa Moily as additional charge, without delay; party sources said she was asked to return to party work. It is expected that she would be working with Rahul on the party’s 2014 manifesto and other election-related matters. A three-time Rajya Sabha MP, Natarajan’s exit was on the cards. Early December, Kerala CM Oommen Chandy and PCC chief Ramesh Chennithala were assured by the Vee-Pee that he would look into their concerns in view of protests WITHDRAWAL OF CONVICTION AMENDMENT After Rahul called the Bill “nonsense” the cabinet withdrew it quietly GETS LOK PAL BILL PASSED SPEEDILY Gave political push to the passage of the Lokpal Bill, ignoring supporter Samajwadi Party’s opposition FORCES GOVT’S TOUGH STAND ON DEVYANI Refused to meet a US Congressional delegation protesting Devyani Khobragade’s treatment, forcing the government to act tough against US against the Environment Ministry’s in-principle approval to the Kasturirangan Committee report banning all activities, from mining to farming, in the Western Ghats. By Friday, the MoEF put out an order rolling back the decision and by Saturday Natarajan’s exit note was accepted. Surprisingly, hours later addressing a FICCI meet Rahul Gandhi said, “I’m sure you cannot have a situation where the Environment Minister (quickly adding)—or a CM alone takes decisions on your projects.” CHARMING BIZMEN Lauched charm offensive on businessmen to take on rival Narendra Modi’s advantage GREEN LANTERN Intervened in the implementation of Kasturirangan panel report on Western Ghats in the wake of strong protests in some hilly areas of Kerala. Dramatic Changes: P6 WHAT THE VICE PRESIDENT WANTS THE VICE PRESIDENT GETS BORROWING FROM THE GOVERNMENT TO THE STRENGTHEN PARTY JAYANTI NATARAJAN Resigned as part of Rahul’s revitalisation mission. Is expected to strengthen Congress poll effort in Tamil nadu and help in drafting manifesto JEETENDRA SINGH This former Alwar royal’s predecessor at the Sports ministry Ajay Maken was senr to work for the party. This clean Rahulite’s USP is his clean image JAIRAM RAMESH The trusted Rahul veteran could be roped in to handle the nut and bolts for 2014 and outline talking points. His skills in speech writing will be employed JYOTIRADITYA SCINDIA SACHIN PILOT Rajasthan’s Mr. Clean would bring youthful fresh thinking and administratuve experience to take on the mighty Scindia. Gujjar vote bank intact. PRITHVIRAJ CHAUHAN JITEN PRASADA His father’s Brahmin legacy and his mother’s Thakur lineage would help the young minister of state to invigorate grassroots in Uttar Pradesh VIJAY BAHUGUNA The Himachal Pradesh chief minister’s reign has been marked by inaction. He would be drafted for party work to face the BJP’s challenge in 2014 Aye Aye Madame India gets its first woman Naval captain at last By N C BIPINDRA New Delhi: Look who is making waves in the Indian Navy. Lieutenant Commander Shweta Kapur is India’s first female Naval officer to be on board a ship in the high seas. It’s plain sailing for the Delhi girl in her mid-twenties as part of a four-member crew, as she speeds towards South Africa. The ship is on its way from Karwar, Karnataka to Cape Town. Fortunately Shweta hasn’t yet been asked to walk the plank— an ancient mutineers’ practice of making officers walk on a plank or board jutting out into the sea and are pushed off—as is customary for a rookie officer on a warship. But she manages to get off her ship and enter the ocean at times, to go scuba diving and exploring the beauty of marine life. Spirit of Adventure: P6 The legatee of Madhavrao Scindia, Jyoti is expected to strengthen a party decimated by Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Good performance a spower minister Rahul’s energy mantra is clean image and performance. Prithviraj fits the first bill while his replacement would try boost party chances in Maharasthra NEW CHIEFS OF THE STATES Arvinder Singh Lovely The 46 year old former minister is the president of the Delhi state unit. He is one of the eight Congress MLAs in the newly elected Delhi assembly. Bhupesh Baghel He was given charge of the party in Chhattisgarh. He replaces Union minister Charan Das Mahant who was given additional charge of the state after the entire top leadership was eliminated in a Maoist ambush. John F Fernandes Former MP John F Fernandes is the president of the Congress’s Goa unit, replacing Subhash Shirodkar who had submitted his resignation following party’s humiliating defeat to the BJP in 2012 Goa Assembly elections.
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