Eavesdropper

Written by The Financial Express | Updated: May 30 2011, 08:05am hrs
Paper-ing over the cracks

Recently, Congress treasurer Motilal Vora took a group of journalists to Indias fleet street, Bahadurshah Zafar Marg, to inspect a newly renovated building belonging to the defunct newspaper The National Herald. The paper used to boast of Feroze Gandhi as one its editors. It is owned by a Congress-run trust and the buzz is that it will be revived soon, with AICC general secretary Rahul Gandhi taking a personal interest in the matter. After all the bad press the heir apparent has attracted over Bhatta-Parsaul, he probably does need his own paper.

Rear guard

Last week, protesters stormed the Planning Commissions office in Yojana Bhavan, Delhi. They werent enamoured of the Commissions outmoded criterion for determining the poverty line. And they were led by National Advisory Council member Harsh Mander, who, understandably, has few friends in the policy body. When journalists enquired the next day as to how the storming of the citadel was dealt with, they were duly informed that Mander had in fact not stormed Yojana Bhavan and that it was mainly women protesters who were at the forefront, with Mander bringing up the rear.