S M Krishnas Pressing Matters

Updated: Nov 29 2002, 05:30am hrs
There is probably no other chief minister (CM) in the country as beleaguered as Karnatakas S M Krishna. So much so that last week even a high-level meeting with his home minister and senior officials from the government was held at an undisclosed location.

This sudden change in venue sent the eager media, waiting to get insights into the meeting, on a wild goose chase shuttling between the CMs office and his residence. By the time the media got a whiff of the venue, Mr Krishna and his colleagues were back at their respective official bungalows.

Indeed, the twin issues of Cauvery and the kidnapping of Nagappa by Veerappan are enough to test the patience of any leader.

But the latest Veerappan episode, based on the revelations made by former Director General of Police on Rajkumars kidnapping, seems to have upset the normally cool

CM. As a wag put it, its quite natural for him to want to avoid uncomfortable questions posed by the media, so why should a change in venue to an undisclosed location surprise anyone

Intellectuals For TDP
Intellectuals often complain that they are looked down upon by those in power. While one reason for this could well be that those in power believe that intellectuals tend to be more idealistic than realistic, at least one politician is willing to give intellectuals a chance to prove otherwise.

Andhra Pradeshs tech savvy chief minister Chandrababu Naidu is now looking out for intellectuals and professionals to enroll into his Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

Mr Naidu says, We want more and more intellectuals and political neutrals to take to politics to help improve the standard of public life and facilitate good governance. Then again, if Mr Naidu does have his way, it will be interesting to see who influences whom.