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Pranab turns teacher
One of his predecessors, APJ Abdul Kalam, made a career out of the post-presidency lecture tour; Pranab Mukherjee is just about beginning. The former President has taken up a threemonth teaching assignment in the IIM-A, from this month onwards. The area on which Mukherjee will be sharing his expertise with the management students is policy planning. That’s seems to be right up his street.
What does it reveal: VPs became presidents in batches of three. Like the first VP, S Radhakrishnan, Zakir Husain and VV Giri went on to became President of India. The next three—GS Pathak, BD Jatti, Mohammad Hidayatullah—failed to make it to Rashtrapati Bhawan. Curiously, this quirky pattern continues. With Hamid Ansari, a batch of three is over. Hence Naidu stands a fair chance of elevation. Does it also hold a prediction for 2019?
Correction of blunder?
It’s raining book releases in Luytens Delhi. Whoever is anyone to reckon with has written a look back account or two. Well, these occasions, if the person is prominent enough, create headlines, on the book and the panel discussions thereof.
Those who were of the view that Rahul Gandhi made a blunder by going on the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra in the midst of election season, can think twice. It’s a very well thought out message from the Gandhi family to the silent masses, who were entertaining doubts about the spiritual/religious leanings of the family. Even the release of the photographs was in a manner to catch maximum eyeballs. Hence Rahul’s self-portraits and group photos were put out last. Nature and Kailash took precedence.
The author is Political Editor,
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