A Q From K To R

Updated: Oct 22 2002, 05:30am hrs
Much has been written in the media about the many changes introduced in the union finance ministry by Mr Jaswant Singh. The carpets, the flower pots, the new economic advisors, the new media policy and the new policy proposals. What has not received media attention, but is the subject of much discussion within governmental circles, is the changing caste and regional composition of the ministrys officialdom.

While Mr Yashwant Sinhas tenure witnessed the ascension of the kayasth community within the finance ministry, Mr Jaswant Singh it seems is undoing this tilt and bringing in officials with a Rajasthan connection! From K, the favoured letter at the fisc is R! All other letters can Q up elsewhere.

A Nuanced Matter
Junior minister for external affairs, Digvijay Singh, didnt just leave the ministry of external affairs red-faced with his out-of-turn PM shall travel to Islamabad remarks. The ready-with-a-soundbyte minister found himself turning crimson when boss Yashwant Sinha gave him a dressing down for speaking out of turn. Insiders say Mr Singh hummed and hawed and then feebly offered, What did I say which you (Mr Sinha) didnt say at Kathmandu Mr Sinha smiled and explained, Woh nuanced tha (That was a nuanced statement)! Touche.

Rupee Power
Is media CEO Vijay Jindal doing something for Doordarshan Nothing at all, says a little bird in Prasar Bharti. It transpires that Mr Jindal, who came on board a marketing committee of DD some months back, was asked to make his presence felt with a presentation on what he intends to do. His reply was that he was busy with some film projects and didnt have time at the moment. So, this little birdie tells us that Mr Jindal has not come to Prasar Bhartis offices for quite some time and no one can complain too much because all that he takes home is a symbolic honorarium.