The unprecedented and questionable decision of the MHRD to set up a satellite campus in Jaipur, Rajasthan for the agitating students of NIT, Srinagar Garhwal has left the Uttarakhand Government with egg on its face as it was consistently stating that the demand of the students to shift them out of the Srinagar campus is unacceptable. One wonders, the safety aspect based on which the students of NIT Srinagar decided to leave the campus en masse, ostensibly under influence of some mountain sick faculty members, is catered at Jaipur, for it is clear that tranquil mountains of Garhwal are safer than any other place in the country. The unwarranted decision has also rendered a big blow on the very idea of the mountain State based on which Uttarakhand was carved out of Uttar Pradesh. Taking a lesson from the unsavory episode, the State Government should now ponder over to device a contingency plan and take immediate measures so that the faith of the students is restored in the institution.
A veteran woman politician who happens to be the senior most member of Vidhan Sabha unequivocally admitted in a private conversation recently that politicians while vying for media attention create such situations which are undesirable. Recalling yesteryears, when she was a greenhorn in Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha, she said like any other first time MLA, she too was ignored for long by media. Exasperated, she once asked a senior journalist the reason behind the neglect, on which pat came the reply, “you don’t have news value; try to create it to get media coverage’’. The veteran leader conceded that at that time she didn’t understand the gist behind the journo’s advice but later realized that news value is nothing but nuisance value. Probably taking a cue from senior leader’s advice, the Congress legislators created high drama on the second day of winter session of the assembly when on a trivial matter related with the security they squatted outside Vidhan Sabha in protest and hogged media’s attention in the process.
Harak Singh Rawat’s utterances during condolence motion of former CM Narayan Dut Tiwari could appear weird to many but those who know a thing or two about the mercurial politician are clear that the Minister was actually giving a veiled threat to CM Trivendra Singh Rawat. In his unique style, the Minister while paying homage to Tiwari said that annoyed by infamous Jenny episode, he was on the verge on toppling Tiwari’s Government in the year 2003 and for he had garnered the support of BJP which was in opposition.
Harak added that the astute politician Tiwari assuaged his grievance after which he dropped the idea of mutiny. The wily politician ultimately led a group of rebellious Congress MLAs to oust Harish Rawat in 2016. It is now apparent that the maverick leader is not finding it comfortable in his new saffron abode and given his past record anything can be expected from him. Read more posts…
Friday, 07 December 2018 | Gajendra Singh Negi | Dehradun–
Author: Gajendra Singh Negi
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